Last Days in Minneapolis

Photos by  Alex Ry

Photos by Alex Ry

Well friends, we’re getting down to the last days here in the States. It's starting to sink in that we'll be moving very far away as we've often been saying, "This could be our last ________!" That blank can be filled with things like "trip to Trader Joe's!" or "walk around Lake of the Isles!" The fairly uneventful musings that we took so much for granted are now soon to become one memory away from nostalgia. 

We've been doing the "normal" things that most folks would do before a big move--packing, selling furniture, seeing friends and family every moment that we can, etc. Along with that, there are SO many unforeseen details that we're taking care of with this international move. Bank accounts, car insurance, phones, documents we need to gather to take to the IND office in the Netherlands, and the list could go on and on. We're feeling stressed and anxious about a number of loose ends that need to be tied up and at the same time, we're elated to be chasing after one of our biggest dreams since getting married in 2013.

Currently, we are sitting in a car on our way back to Minneapolis after two days of spending time with our family on the farm. Leaving is never easy, and we’re feeling all the sadness that comes with a big move like this. We want to say thank you to those that have encouraged us from a far and to those who have been with us on this roller coaster since February from the very first interview to celebrating with us when our visas arrived in June, thank you a million. The love and support throughout this process from our closest circle has meant the most to us.

We’d like to part with Sé’s favorite quote by Frederick Buechner:

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”

Thank you for journeying with us up to this point. We're excited to share more about living abroad and hope to stay connected!

'Till next time, from South Holland,

Chris and Sé

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