I've been trying to think of some nice, creative way to announce our departure, but I've been just too busy. We're moving to the United States. There were many factors involved in our process of making our decision, and the main factor is that we want to be closer to our families. We moved to Brazil with the hope that we could show our children a different culture, to give them the experience of seeing a different part of the world, and to give them the chance to learn the language and hopefully thrive within another culture. I would have to say that for the most part, we have learned that. And I feel pretty proud of the fact that we have a good car, a nice apartment, and we are mostly satisfied with the schools the children attend. We have figured out how to make a life here, and that is an accomplishment.
And now we are leaving. Are we crazy??!!???
Probably. But I would venture to say that everyone is a little crazy. But I don't want to address that topic here. My husband and I feel like we've had the chance to teach our children one of our values by living in Brazil. And now it's time to show them that family is very important. We have been saying it, but now we can show it. And we are demonstrating to them that sometimes family is so important that we willingly and joyfully make sacrifices.
Here are some of the details--
Date of departure from Brazil: December 26
Last night we will sleep in our apartment: December 12 (the rest of the time will be spent between friend's houses and hotels)
Where we will move to? Cashmere, Washington
What we are doing for Christmas? we don't know
What I will do for work? look for a position in a school, and work on certification/a master's
What the husband will do? TBA
What the kids will do? go to school
How we will keep up the Portuguese? find some Brazilians, Skype, videos, books
What will happen to the hamster? a friend is taking him
Have we sold the car? yes
Can anyone rent our apartment? talk to Adimoveis
Want to buy our stuff? Send me an email, but most of it is sold. I don't deal with Correios, so I don't ship.
I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed with the sheer volume of stuff I have to do in the next month, especially before we move out of our apartment. Moving out of an apartment in Brazil is a pain in the hiney (you have to pay a lot of money and paint and fix everything). And then I have to do report cards, help with 3 talent shows, 2 graduations, do all my normal work, help my children with their final projects, and take care of all the normal things of life. Not to mention that it's VERY important for the children to have time to say goodbye to their friends, so I'm scheduling parties, sleep overs, final play dates and good bye presents. Aaaaaahhhh!
So, all to say, you may not see very much of me in the next month. But my husband has taken to blogging, so read what he has to say here.