Friday, January 20, 2012

It's a New Year

Did I read something about them switching the date for the end of the world?

Anyhow, apologies to those that check in every once and awhile in hopes of a new blog post from me. Truth be told, just haven't been inspired to write like I used to be :-(.

Change is in the air here in Sweden. A move back "home" to Canada is imminent, though not tangible...yet. Still, the thought of it fills me with a mixture of "yes!" and "no...". You see, after overcoming the year of "Get me outta here!", you start to acclimatize. People, places, food, friends...it all becomes familiar and wraps around you like a cozy blanket. Those initial struggles to make your way, they become distant and at times, laughable memories.

Life IS good in this country. There's a sense of security here but always the gentle pull at the heart strings from our family back home. The longing.

When we do leave, it will be with a heavy heart as we have made a life for ourselves here in this place so far from where we came from. We have been truly blessed. Over the past six years, we have done what many dream of doing and few will ever actually do. We have lived in two vastly different countries and experienced their cultures, the good and the not-so-good and the downright BAD. We will return back to Canada changed from this experience. I am thankful. Thankful especially for the wonderful start we have given our son. For the strength in our marriage. For the courage. For the knowledge that we can make it on our own.

And I thank you all for sharing our experiences with me. Now to take the little man off to his swimming lesson, my favourite part of the week.

Much love from Uppsala,
Little Man enjoying a Christmas morning tradition, Swedish porridge, grött. The one who finds the raisin gets a special prize! 

Montenegro, Summer 2010, our visit back


(Swedish)Jenn xo


4 comments:

Monica said...

it's not an easy thing, to make a life, to settle somewhat, and then uproot again. i'm pretty good at it, being a nomad, but even i have reached a stage of wanting some permanent roots somewhere. especially for the little one.

but to have done all this and made friends and such is better than the alternative.

Michelle said...

So happy to have you back! Life does get in the way though and time has a way of filling up fast. Don't I know it!

I am one of those who envy the experiences you've had, but have moved enough to know how difficult it can be. You have given your son something most Canadian kids will never have, and now you'll give him family and a life in his home country. The best of all worlds:)

Good luck in all that this new year brings! We'll be here along the ride with you!

SwedishJenn said...

Thanks Mon and Michelle for the words of encouragement. So much uncertainty over the next few months, so really longing for clarity and purpose. It will come :-).

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