Breathing Through The Crazy

We’re in between again.

We left Brazil and got used to being in the states again. We left Washington and got used to being in Texas again. Now we are leaving Texas and will have to get used to being in Scotland again.

Do you have any idea how chaotic it is just to figure out how and what to pack for a life like this?

And there is SO much to do besides the packing.

This time it’s a whole new game. This time It’s a big leap all at once, not a back and forth, keep the house, one foot in each place deal.

This time we’re giving up our house in Texas. This time it’s Brian going home, and it’s me moving to a place I’ve only visited a few times.

Right now we’re in between. Between homes, between jobs, between nations, between cultures, between continents.

I’m in the US still, waiting for my UK spouse visa and I don’t know when (or if) I’ll get it. Based on what I was told by the border agency it should arrive within two weeks, but I have enough experience dealing with international bureaucracy to know that’s an optimistic expectation.

Either way, I’ll be moved out of this little house in about two weeks. I have a friend who is generously letting me stay with her until I fly out, so I won’t be totally homeless just yet, but I’ll definitely be in transit.

Part of me can’t wait. I’m so excited and impatient to get there!

Part of me is kicking and screaming. I’m going to miss my kids all over again, and there is so much to do in such a short time before I go.

So I breathe.

I kiss the top of my kids’ heads. I savor every minute they’re here with me. I make lists, and sell furniture and give things away. I make appointments for painters and carpet cleaners, and I send out desperate calls to my girlfriends to meet me for a girls’ night out.

And I breathe.

And I remember that we’ll get there.

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A Scotsman and his American photographer wife traveling the world and writing about it. Tales, reviews, photos, interviews and crazy goings on. Because you never know what's going to happen.


2 Responses to Breathing Through The Crazy

  1. Mary-My Life in Scotland June 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Serial expat?! Can’t wait for you to get here!

    I was quoted 2 wks as well, and I did receive a letter within 2 weeks. It states you’re basically good to go, but you’re actual Visa isn’t ready yet. It even stated I was eligible to work. But my Visa didn’t come for 18 months. I know…the wait was crazy, but I was already in Scotland. So…you’ll prob still be able to come with that letter. Then they will ask for your passport back when the Visa is ready. I hope it still works out the same for you that it did for me! The letter does come quickly.

    Packing is always hard. We came here with just 2 bags and a carry on. It’s just stuff anyway. It’s replaceable. You’re going to love Scotland. When you get here let me know, we’ll get together!
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  2. akil3655
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    June 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I got an email yesterday from the UK Border agency informing me that my visa was issued, and It arrived today via UPS with all my original paperwork that I sent them.

    I got it!

    Mary, looking forward to getting together when I get there. My flight is booked for July 1st. It’s on!
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