I visited the States for the holidays. I needed to get away, connect with family and do a bit of reflection. Being away from home the entire year is already difficult so not being around for holidays is even worse. Since I managed to make it through the 14-hour flight and the high-priced ticket, I concluded that some things are well worth the sacrifice.
The first leg of my stateside trip: Chicago! There is no place like home, however, I can’t seem to get over the windy city’s weather. It’s been my home for my entire life …but after experiencing the weather in the UAE, I cant seem to adjust! Any which way you look at it, spending time with family trumps any cold day.
Now I’m on the second leg of my trip: Vegas! I would definitely consider this my second home stateside. This is my first winter in Vegas and it’s surprisingly chilly but the landscape is absolutely amazing! I am in awe at God’s beauty. In the meantime, I spent time with my dad and some friends. Great times.
In a few more days and I head back overseas, to teach, live and experience life living my as an expat. I will appreciate this time away because who knows what the future may bring for my expat status. These next 6 months will be filled with a whirlwind of decisions as I determine whether or not I will continue my expat journey…I know right!
Before I left, we had to say our heart-felt goodbyes. Boy, was this hard….
After our 13 hour flight from Chicago to Doha, Qatar, we waited patiently for our connecting flight to Abu Dhabi.
At last! We made it safely.
After reflecting a bit on this trip, I feel that sometimes you may need to make certain sacrifices, especially when children are involved if you are a single mother like myself. Either way, it was well worth the trip!
I hope YOU enjoyed your holiday season. Happy New Year!
Stay tuned for more posts in 2015!