It is November 2nd. I can't believe it. This is the month when so much happens...the month I have been anticipating forever it seems. I say anticipate, but I also mean dread. I am looking forward to going back to the states for sure, but I can't imagine leaving here either. I remember feeling that same way last time we went to the states for an extended stay. I wrote about how we were excited, scared, and sad all at the same time. I feel those same feelings again. This time though I have much to do to prepare. This time things are different. Last time we went to the states we chose to keep our apartment in Turkey. We had friends stay there for us. This time we have decided to give up our apartment and store our furniture. I have lived in this apartment for the last 6 1/2 years...the longest I have ever lived in one place in my life. Anna Grace, Jacob, and Will have all lived here for over half their lives. It is hard to give it up. I just know that it is the right thing to do for our family at this time. In the states we will be living in a place that is new to our family. Last time we lived in a house that had been in the family for several years. Things will be different this time. And while that scares me some it also excites me. I love a good adventure. I feel like this will be an adventure of a lifetime. We'll see.
And whenever I feel sad about leaving here I just remind myself of all the things I am looking forward to in America. Cheddar cheese, Mexican food, seafood, a neighborhood where we can ride bikes, a backyard, driving a car, Target, shoe shopping, grocery shopping (I know...but believe me it is great compared to grocery shopping here.), central air and heat, my family, and friends. There are so many great things about Turkey that I will miss. To read about a few of the things I was going to miss last time you can look here and here.