Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Life Between two Worlds: A Traveling Family
We just passed the 60 day mark until we pack up our lives again and head back to Japan. It honestly feels like we just got back to the States but in reality it has already been a little over 4 months. We love and cherish this opportunity we have to live part of our time here in Washington State (home base) and the other part 4,800 miles away in Yokosuka, Japan. There are so many crazy awesome experiences that come with being a traveling family but they also come with a price.
One of the hardest things of it all for us is creating meaningful relationships here in the States with families who don't travel with us. Relationships take work and when people know you aren't sticking around for very long they either (a) keep things super surface level or (b) sort of avoid building a friendship. It hurts but we understand people not wanting to put forth the energy and time when we are gone for months at a time. Fortunately there are a few people in my life that shed a great deal of grace on our family's living arrangements and recognize that though we may be thousands of miles away we still have access to e-mail, texting (thank you Google!), phones (thank you skype app with US phone number!), Skype, Google chat, snail mail, you name it! They also have a better perspective on time and know that 3-6 months really isn't that long in the big picture of life and meaningful, long-lasting, friendships. It is because of those people that leaving gets harder and harder.
This is also why I have kept blogging over the last couple years. If you aren't a blogger you probably don't know this but there is a HUGE community between bloggers. I have connected with many women who I truly do consider a friend and hope that some day we'll be in the same area, state, or country!
There are two beliefs that we keep close to our heart that give us the courage and freedom to move our lives periodically: Jesus is everywhere and home isn't a place but a person. When I get excited about moving from one place to another by no means does it mean that I won't miss the friendships I have- sometimes I think people get offended... Those friendships make it that much more exciting to come back! Chris and I have really strives to live in the present, to 'Root & Blossom' (read my About Us section for more on this if you'd like) where we find ourselves in life's journey. It's very freeing to know that we won't die if we live six months without the comforts of home- many comforts of which have slowly started to find their way out of our US house because we don't want to be known for abundance of possessions.
We've learned so much over the last two stays in Japan about who we are, who God is, what's important to us, what should be important to us, and how to live in the present. We looking forward to how our lives will be changed after this next trip. With that said though, Washington, you still have two more months of me and I'm looking forward to every second of it!