A Year of Wonders

This time last year we were ensconsed in a business class pod (they are so much more than a ‘seat’) on a Singapore Airlines flight, ready to continue our lives in a new country.

We were standing on the edge of a metaphorical cliff with our ‘old’ life in the distance and our ‘new’ life shimmering in the distance – all shiny and new and glistening with opportunity.  Much like right before you have a baby when it’s all before you. You know life is going to change and it’s going to be wonderful but you can’t picture the baby or your future and all the joy and hurdles that will come your way.

It has been a year of contrasts.

A year of very, very high highs and a year of spectacularly low lows.

A year of wonders, and a year of terror.

A year of smiles and a year of tears.

A year of certainty and a year of doubt.

The one thing that has never wavered is our commitment to this journey.  We’ve never once doubted that we made the right decision in packing up everything we knew and moving away from everyone we knew.  It’s given us the freedom to shape our own family, to step away from the obligations and duties that crowded our Australian lives.  To find out how we enjoy celebrating Christmas and birthdays and all the other minutaie of family life that are typocally shaped by the generations before us.

We really are well and truly blessed.

4 thoughts on “A Year of Wonders

  1. What a beautiful image and post! Stepping away from the obligations and duties from our life in Australia is one of things that troubles me about moving over here… no doubt life is easier here in many ways, but the thought of staying here long terms makes me worry that our children won’t be learning about how there ARE all thoses duties that (usually) do have to fit in and be a part of our lives. No doubt they will adapt back without a problem – but I do worry about them (and me!) getting spoilt, and our expectations of daily life changing – but I’m a worrier! I’m glad you’re enjoying the journey and reaping the benefits – and it is always best to try and make the most of the positive, which it sounds like you’re doing : )

  2. A very Happy Expat Anniversary to you all! Bravo for having the courage to step outside your comfort zone – you really seem to be making the most of your life in Singapore, and it was great to get a glimpse of it when we stayed with you last month. Hugs to you all!

  3. Hi..it’s your …anniversary and I can’t think of a name for it..but I do indeed recall some of the early days…and can say that it’s good to read some of the much much better ones too. You are teaching me about the world beyond my comfort zone and I thank you for that. Now if only you could be a Bakers Delight to set up shop nearby?

    Denyse x

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