6 months. Halfway. 187 days abroad.
What an adventure it has been thus far.
Since my last post here, we have visited Prague, Amsterdam, London, Bath, Bristol, the Cotswolds, Copenhagen, Malmo, Washington DC, Boston, the Hamptons and which brings me to my current location in New York City.
We parted ways with Marlee in Copenhagen which was so hard for all of us. She has become part of our family and we have built a relationship with her that will hopefully last a lifetime. She was more than a nanny to the kids, a friend to James, a sister to me. She has flown home to reunite with her family in Australia but we are still in close contact and the kids ask about her every day.
We are 3 weeks into our adventure on US soil. Washington DC was utterly beautiful and inspiring. While I am not too interested in US history, it is hard not to be impressed with such monumental and pivotal moments in history that have taken place all over the city.
Boston continued to wow us, with gorgeous tree lined streets, friendly locals, the most supreme Halloween experience of my life, and best of all, our first snowfall of the adventure.
We then drove south to Connecticut and crossed over to Long Island for a family reunion in East Hampton. More about that here.
This afternoon, the sunshine welcomed us into New York City, as flags hung proudly for Veterans Day and servicemen and women were marching all over the city.
We have a new nanny joining us tomorrow, her name is Carrie and she is a NY native, born and raised here. She will be a live out nanny working 3 days a week.
It has been an absolute blessing to have my in-laws and gran-in-law stay with us for the last week in East Hampton. Our days have been full of love and laughter. Breakfast time is busy with the kids running around, dinner conversations lasted hours and honest words were shared. They are with us for another week in the city and we have many lovely things planned together.
As for my depression and anxiety? I am as well as I can be right now. My anxiety is almost gone. I feel at ease juggling 3 kids onto a flight with 8 pieces of hand luggage, 5 winter coats and a thousand eyes on me. Travel days are easier than you would think.
Some days, I am numb to many troubling issues that are lingering in my heart, other days I am so busy and out enjoying life that I fall into bed with a smile on my face, and count my blessings a thousand times over. That’s the sad thing about depression, it’s up and down, hot and cold, on and off, so you really have to enjoy the good days and embrace it all.
I appreciate every person who reads my words here. I’ve been soul searching for so long and I’m finally starting to like the thoughts and feelings in myself. At the end of the day, I’m just a woman, a wife, a mother who took a huge leap 6 months ago. I’ll admit, I’ve looked back a few times, who doesn’t! But I like where I’m heading now. There is new hope on my horizon.
Until next time,