And I doubt I will. Because it feels good to be so happy.
The entire experience has given me a wonderful fresh perspective.
We also hit the cul-de-sac jackpot in our new town. I literally drive and walk around thinking "We are ridiculously blessed." We adore our neighborhood. Our kids go outside almost every day and just play in the cul-de-sac with all the neighbors. They love it. I'm quickly seeing the joy that comes from the suffering, and I'm thankful God allowed me to see it so early upon our return. I don't have to wonder about our purpose for living there or leaving early. It's so clear. Because we are here now with these people around us.
I'm enjoying finding a place for all our Scottish nick knacks and decor around our big Texas house. A highland coo here, a Scottish flag there. Right next to my big wagon wheel and my Texas flag. ;)
We are only slightly annoyed that it's 80 degrees, hotter than it ever got our entire time living in Scotland, and it's Christmas. But 2 years of never being quite warm helps us even appreciate a hot a Christmas! (well me at least, the jury is still out on Chad's feelings about that!)
Minion Grady on Halloween
Our first 2 weeks back it was even warm enough for the kids to go swimming in the pool. That felt odd! I had to scour the stores for shorts for me and the kids to wear for another month.
Pink Power Ranger Cassidy
Grady is doing a Bridge year for school since in Texas so many families keep their boys home for an extra year if they have a late birthday. Grady loves his class, and even though I actually think he would have done fine in kinder here, it feels good to give him that gift of a year and know he'll just always be ahead. Cassidy jumped right into 1st grade with no issues! She has straight A's and loves taking tests. She's the typical first child! I was warned that the kids would struggle coming from school in Scotland to America because they don't push as much onto little kids in Scotland, but I have to say, she has had zero issues. Her math teacher even specifically said that she has a wonderful background and understanding of math and numbers. So yay Kingswells Primary for doing such a wonderful job teaching my kiddos.
Just a few kids from our cul-de-sac out to trick-or-treat
Overall it just feels glorious to be home. The farther away our time in Scotland was, the more nostalgic I get. I remember only the awesome, beautiful things, not the stress of shopping or driving or the lack of sun. For that I'll be eternally grateful. :)