Sunday, January 6, 2013

London Calling

For almost a year now we have been trying to decide if relocating oversees for a couple years is the right thing to do for our family. Matt's job would be easier if we were living in London--but the company is not requiring him to move. 

It's exciting. It's scary. My feelings about it change almost hourly. 

I love my house, my garden, my neighborhood, my life, my comforts, my thrift stores :)

But what an amazing opportunity to see and experience life in another way. How fantastic would it be for Drew to see the world from a global perspective. 

This morning we pulled out a world map and circled all the countries we'd like to go to on weekend trips or for vacations if we moved.

We were giddy just thinking about all the great places we could see and experience. 

In the meantime I've been trying to sort through the day to day things like, what do I do with my household stuff? This potential moved has been the impetus for my "purge of 2012". It's also why I haven't blogged much about decor and home projects this year. I always have the question, "are we moving?" in my head. So even though I need curtains in the bedroom I haven't made them because we might be moving. I'm also always thinking about whether we store our furniture or do I move it oversees? Who will adopt my many many houseplants? Would anyone consider a houseplant foster care program? Will a renter take care of my garden and ponds? Can I leave all my boxes of Christmas decorations in the attic?... Are the prices at the Portobello Road market and shops better than the Georgetown flea market and thrift stores here (considering the exchange rate and all)?
I know these are little things that aren't really important in the grand scheme of things. Our biggest concern is how it will impact Drew to switch schools (to a completely different system no less), 

leave friends and family behind, 

and adjust to a different lifestyle. That's what our decision is really coming down to. 

Hopefully we'll be making a final decision soon. I feel like I've got emotional whiplash and am eager to make a decision and move on, once and for all. I've never really been to London, so it's hard to get a feel for what life would be like. I know it would be VERY different. In a few weeks we're going to visit the city and scope it out.  

If you were offered the opportunity to relocate to another country for a few years (with your family), what would you do?...