Home Again, Sort Of

by Tina on July 17, 2014

in family

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The past few days have gone by in a near blur.  Our family welcomed us not only with arms held wide (while holding up a huge welcome home sign!) but threw us a huge party, complete with kids running around, lots of laughter and tons of catching up.  It has been nothing short of pure bliss!  I met my newest nephew and haven’t stopped hugging the other six.  We have played in the pool, danced in the rain (thanks to a freak sudden downpour), and lived as though there was no tomorrow.

We have no routine, except to seek out as many family members as possible at once, and have barely just begun to settle into our temporary living quarters (with an internet connection that is slower than molasses!)

I have always heard people say that we should never refer to the US as “home” because it will make our kids feel like our home abroad isn’t really home, but over the last few days I have come to the conclusion that some of us, if we are really, really lucky, get to feel at home in more than one place.  My mom put it so well when she told me that home isn’t a place, but rather a state of being… a feeling that we have when everything feels right and our hearts are at rest.

I know the next six months are going to be wild and busy and full of travel, but in this moment we have never felt happier to be home with all of our family surrounding us and loving on us.  It’s pretty awesome!

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Photography: Jack Fussell

 

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JODI July 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Home is where my family is!!! Enjoy your time stateside. Miss you all. Hope we can see each other while you are here.

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Anne July 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I read your latest blog about ‘home’ and I completely agree. When my husband and I got married, our first song was by Billy Joel, “You’re My Home”. We moved around a lot and my husband had moved a lot growing up, as his Dad was an executive with an international firm. He had lived in England, Wales, England (again), Switzerland and back to Canada by the time he was in university. His parents later were also in the States and Australia. My husband often said that he didn’t really know where ‘home’ was. When we found that song, everything made sense. It is not a place, it is who you are with.
Here is the song, enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATQ5ays9t1I

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Laura July 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Home is where the heart is, right? :) My parents have always been using the Danish phrase: hvor der er hjerterum, er der husrum.

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Kelleyn July 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Nothing like family! I bet your children are having a blast!

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Janice Wyatt July 19, 2014 at 2:42 am

This post made me smile. I can just imagine the volume level of everyone talking at once, laughing every few seconds, and just feeling so good to be HOME! You know…. you can take the girl out of the South, but you’ll never take the South out of the girl, right? I hope your Southern accent is pouring out of your mouth with no concern if those you’re speaking with can understand you!!! ;)
Enjoy every moment, getting settled will be so much fun!
Janice xoxo

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Janice Wyatt July 19, 2014 at 2:43 am

PS: Is Haley the only girl in the family???????????!!!!!!!!

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Janice Wyatt July 19, 2014 at 2:44 am

Bless her heart! :)

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Holly July 23, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Wow!! A friend of mine has followed your blog for a long time now. Her family lives abroad as well and she kept telling me about your travels since we travel a lot too. She got me started reading your blog a little at the time. Little did I ever expect to see photos of someone I knew in an entry! My oldest child “dates” one of the boys in the group photo and she’s been talking to Haley via Instagram and text too since he introduced the girls to one another. Small world for sure, but cool to know you have a local connection to someone we know!

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