Coming Home

Jill Posted in Uncategorized

A piece of Beijing: rickshaws and drivers

It’s hard to believe I am writing this post!  We initially planned to live in China “for about 3 years, give or take a year or two.”  (We said the “take” part mostly to comfort our shocked friends and family.)  To be completely honest, we thought it would be at least 3 years, possible a year or so longer.

So we are coming up on 2 years…and we are moving home to the U.S.  I am torn.  We know it’s time to come home, we know it’s what is best for our family right now, but it’s still hard to think about it.  Since we made the decision back in September I have tried to focus on all the things I’m excited about (to keep from crying).  I’m not good with change.  It takes me a while to warm up to new ideas.  So now that I’ve been digesting this one for over a month, it’s feeling pretty good.  And now that I’m writing this, only 2 1/2 weeks from boarding a plane with a one-way ticket, I’ll try to summarize what I’m excited about, and what I’ll miss.


Things I’m am EXCITED to come home to!  (Not in order of importance.)

  • Second-hand shopping–garage sales, thrift stores, etc.
  • Activities for the kids
  • More friends for the kids
  • Closer to family
  • Having our own vehicle
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Going barefoot outside (in the summer of course)
  • Cooking American food–casseroles, cheese, pasta, baked goods, grilled food, etc.
  • Being able to read the labels and trust the products I buy

Lotus flowers, another bit of China

What I’m going to MISS.  Again, in no particular order.

  • Smog.  Just kidding.
  • The nice walk to the “little store”
  • All the fresh produce everywhere
  • Old people dancing outside
  • Street food
  • Feeling safe outside
  • Friends
  • The Beijing Branch–our church family here, full of the most AMAZING people
  • Being called “ayi” by the children
  • Speaking Chinese everyday
  • My simple life here (Note, “simple” does not equate to “easy”)


- Jill