Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Big News! We Are Moving To...

*Los Angeles*

When we set out on our China adventure it was unthinkable for me to be leaving my dream home and wonderful life full of friends and family. I really thought my life would just be on pause and we would return, un-pause the button, and go right back to our prior life. I even told people I would hang my pictures up in the exact same places. I can't help but laugh at myself at how naive those thoughts were! Although thinking that way helped me through the thought of coming to China.

Things change... although it stings to be saying goodbye to that life, I know that Southern California is where we are meant to go next and we are so excited about it.  I am grateful for this confirmation, I didn't really feel that about coming to China. Now I realize I could not fathom making this transition without China in between.

There are lots of questions and decisions to be made. What will we do with our Northern California home? Can we buy or will we have to rent? How will the kids do with this new transition (studies show repatriation is harder than expatriation. Yikes!)? When will we be moving? Where will we be moving to? What will the subtitle on my blog be now :) ?

I don't know the answers to these questions, but I do that it will all work out. It is a huge leap of faith, but Heavenly Father will not let us down. Like all choices in life, this has been a spiritual one with some very precious reassurances. 
We leave China on or around June 14th!
Thank you for all of your support through this amazing China chapter in our lives. I mean it when I say I could not have done it without you!


Just Me said...

Jen....I have to say...I am so proud of you. You took an uncertain step forward. You were scared of moving to China and now it is time to come back to the US. In time you will miss some of the locations you would go to and look back on this experience fondly. Yes, Los Angeles will be a new adventure...Are you up to it? After Beijing? Puh-lease girl! You've got this!!! <3

Lindzie said...

Your home really was a dream home! I couldn't believe it when I saw the pics of it! I know you will make another wonderful home in LA.... it should feel like a small town when compared to living in Beijing!

john:and:aim said...

How exciting! We may get to meet some day! My hubby is interviewing with Big 5 Sporting Goods tomorrow in El Segundo (where he used to work with Fresh & Easy) which may take us to LA as well! We've been thinking about the Rancho Cucamonga area. I'm so excited for you guys and hope all the planning goes smoothly :)

Liz R. said...

Wow! it seems like you just left. that's amazing. congrats on the move and this chinese experience.