My husband has got a job overseas.

He will be leaving for three months to work on the news. When conflict and its aftermath hits, when politics shift in a certain direction, my husband will be there to capture those stories and tell the rest of the world.

It’s been an opportunity he’s been seeking for a while. In fact, this blog began the night he had an interview with one of the international news agencies. Suddenly our little family was faced with the prospect of leaving this country and starting our nomadic life across the globe.

I lived like that during my early childhood, before we came to Australia to settle. It was a life I thought I left behind. But it seems the prospect of moving from place to place, country to country, may still be present.

For the moment, it is my husband who will be leaving first. I am hoping he will come back to discover that this place he’s grown up in is still the best home he’s ever had. That I’ll finally be able to put down roots in this country.

Perhaps the experience will change him. Maybe it will only serve to push him further away from the country we’ve known the longest and the best.

Terry Pratchett once wrote:

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 

But can we really come back?

I have watched my husband yearn for an opportunity like this for years. And a part of me is proud that he is finally getting to chase his dreams.

But for us, the wife and son he’s leaving behind, we will miss him terribly.

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  1. The idea of that kind of separation is difficult for me to even contemplate. Thinking of you. ❤
    Also, I love that Terry Pratchett quote. I feel like it is going to inspire a blog post. =)

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  2. Oh goodness, that’s so hard. I mean a wonderful growth opportunity and all that–but still hard! I’ll shoot a prayer up for you all–that the time goes by quickly and love grows stronger throughout the experience!

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  3. For the first 15 years we were married my husband worked as a merchant marine. He was away more than home. It wasn’t easy on any of us being apart so much but it allowed us to be able be comfortable financially while raising a family. Once the kids were grown and on their own we decided we didn’t want to be apart any longer so he quit sailing. Our time together is more precious than the money he made. It won’t be easy but as long as you support his dream you will be find. Wishing you all the best.

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    1. Thank you Ruth. You must have had days when you missed him very much. So glad to hear that you are together now! I guess we have to do what’s right by our family, even if that means being apart for some time. I just didn’t want to be that person he gave up his dreams for.

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  4. Oh boy, that is soooo tough. Always have faith that things will work out – and you are right, 3 months will fly by. It’s been a while since I have been on the blog – looking forward to being back. Sending you some hugs from Colorado!

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  5. Your honest post makes me feel for your situation. It’s wonderful your husband has the job he hoped for and I hope your dreams will come true too. Being able to express yourself so well and assess the situation clearly will always be a blessing.

    My sweetheart and I spend part of each year in different countries. It isn’t always easy, but technology allows us to see and speak to each other regularly, which really helps.

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    1. Thank you Susan. It must get hard sometimes to spend time away from those you love. I am hoping the three months will fly by. And technology would certainly help to keep in touch!

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