As expats you know how complicated the whole moving experience is and how it impacts the whole family. There are so many balls in the air so many pieces to tie up while also looking and planning ahead. It’s not an easy process.
Our family is in a season of moving. We are T-minus six weeks until our whole house is packed and we will be boarding a plane for our new adventure.
This community is important to me so I am committed to showing up and sharing what I have, which isn’t a lot at the moment. So I will take you on the journey our family will be on as we wrap up our life and transition to a new posting.
Each week I will share lessons I am learning as I navigate moving a family of six, which is already down one member due to work requirements.
First up is housing. UGH the dread of finding housing. We have all been there and this week this is big on my mind.
I now remember how destabilizing the whole lack of housing situation is for me as an adult, there is just so much tied to it. Even though I don’t share all the details with my kids they can feel the fact that I am destabilized and that has an impact on them.
Because of the work I have done in developing the connected family processI have been able to draw on the tools I share with clients around emotional regulation. As is normal in times of stress, it has been harder for me to regulate my own emotions. I have been better at catching myself but making sure I am reaching out and getting the support I need is vital.
I hope you will continue to join me as I navigate these coming weeks. We will leave here and after a short stop in Switzerland, which will be our home for a few years, I will travel on to the US to see family and wrap up chapters that are often more complicated due to be an expat.
So join me on this adventure for the next 15 weeks as I navigate the exciting life of being an expat parent.
Please send prayers and good wishes as we cross everything that we have a house by the end of the week. Stay tune for an update!
Sending you love,
Pssstttt…..moving or not moving the life of an expat parent is complex, be kind to yourself and know that your kid is so lucky to have you because you really are awesome!