We’re Moving Home!
It’s happening. We knew it would and we’re excited!
Our plan was always to move home in May 2018, if you read my About section I mentioned the date, May 2018, when I launched my blog. May is when Mathew’s contract expires and when our visas expire. While extensions were an option we’re both ready to move home to Minnesota. When we move home at the end of May we will have lived in Ireland just shy of two years. It went so fast!
As I was preparing this post I came across an article in The Irish Times about an Irish woman who lived in Australia for 5 years, and then reached a point where it was time to move home to Ireland. Her explanation for moving home could have been written by me. I swear she took the words out of my mouth, and when sharing the news that we’re moving home with my friends in Ireland I borrowed her analogy.
In summary she compared her decision to move home to a romantic relationship that ends mutually. Meaning, you respected the person, you really enjoyed your time with that person, sometimes you think about that person, but ultimately you were never going to marry that person so you reached a point where it was time to move forward without them. Does that make sense? Mathew and I had (are having) an amazing experience here. We wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Heck, maybe we’ll agree to an abroad opportunity again in 5 years. But Wexford, Ireland is not home. It’s a beautiful town on Ireland’s sunny southeast, it’s on the coast with amazing seafood, and wonderfully kind people, and the coffee is delicious. But Minneapolis, Minnesota is where we are our true selves, where we’re surrounded with both of our families, and have friends we’ve known for decades. We miss home, it is as simple as that!
In the article, the author says, “Living away from Ireland has given me a new appreciation for my country. What I once took for granted, I now see with new eyes. I realized I’ve travelled to the other side of the world to see sights …, and here they are right here in my home country.” That really struck a chord with me. And the United States bucket list began:
- I have never been north of Duluth, Minnesota. I have got to go to Northern Minnesota
- I have never been to a National Park in America! I hope someday to travel to Glacier and Yosemite
- I’ve never been to Hawaii or Alaska. Or 25+ other states for that matter
- I’ve never been to wine country, if I'm being real this is my first priority
There are so many adventures I have not experienced in the United States and I think it’s time I start, or at least create the bucket list!
Thank you Ireland! We will always reflect fondly on our time here. But as home listings from our realtor flood our emails daily the anticipation and excitement grow! We’re moving home, and it feels right!
p.s. I am keeping this post short and sweet. There is plenty of time over the next 3 months for long-winded, sappy posts about Ireland, stay tuned.