By the time you read this post, my family and I would have either landed in the state of Massachusetts or we would still be somewhere inflight on the way there.
Yep, we’ve relocated again, due to hubby’s work, and this time we will be residing in the East Coast of the USA. Hubby tells me it’s freezing cold here, so I’m waiting to see if he’s anywhere near exaggerating. We will be here for a period of seven months approximately and although the prospect of setting up home here is exciting, I can’t help being slightly nervous too.
For one thing, the kids will be missing their schools in Penang for half a year. In Ethan’s case, it would be his Primary One and for Hannah, her Nursery class. We hope to fill that gap by finding them an appropriate school for this period…last resort is homeschooling, of course… 🙂
The last month, or rather the last two weeks or so, has been nothing short of nerve-wracking. Hubby was initially scheduled to fly off on a business trip first with us following a little later, due to the potential delay in the visa petition process. However, it soon appeared that we could all go together after all on the initially-agreed-upon date, and so began our last-minute scramble (which literally lasted till the last minute, really).
I resorted to my previously-used relocation checklist and modified it where necessary. We had to temporarily terminate a few utilities, pay a few in advance, not to mention handle the packing and shipment of our belongings, including the temporary handover of the shipping portion of my lingerie business…and all this when we still had to settle the visa interview, which meant a quick one-day trip to KL about a week before the travel date. Trust me, it just doesn’t get crazier than that.
In the final week before we left, we also decided and succeeded in selling off my 7-year old car, which had served me well. It made no sense to keep both cars in Penang, when the value would only depreciate further in the coming months during our absence. Besides, we also need a bigger car next year with the newborn baby and all. More on the car sale deal later.
So here we are, on our adventure Stateside yet again, not knowing what tomorrow brings, but leaving it all to God. I know we will have a great time, and it will definitely be an unforgettable experience for the kids. Please forgive my potentially sporadic postings to come as we adjust and settle in to our new place of residence… 🙂