You know the Benjamin Franklin quote “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”? Yeah, these past two months have been dominated by these two things. We spoke of death in our last post and I will just say my sweet husband is navigating the grief of losing his mom very thoughtfully. He is taking his time, allowing the grief process to unfold. Taxes, on the other hand, are not so gracefully navigated. This is our first tax year as expats. It wouldn’t be that complicated except we turned our stateside home into a beach holiday rental which means it is now a business. Again, not too complicated except for the fact that we spent 4 years renovating and adding on to our home. We never really thought this expat adventure would happen. We talked about it and dreamed about it but thought we had missed the window to make it happen. Since we never really planned on our home being anything other than our home, our renovation receipts, etc. were all clumped together in a big huge wad that has needed untangling. Untangling all of this from a distance has been challenging and has brought it’s own kind of homesickness as we remember every little piece of the renovation process of a home we love. Today, we finally got the last of the information to our accountant back in the States. Hallelujah!
For the third time, we have a contract on my parents home. This time, however, it looks like it may really go through. As much as I know I must let go, the loss of my childhood home is enormous. I have written before about this so won’t say more than this is another form of grief. Home is my thing. It has been my career in a multitude of different ways from helping others through feng shui and organizing to home renovator to creating home with my own family. Home shapes us in the most powerful of ways! She’s just a simple ranch house but oh how my childhood home was filled to the brim with so much love! Where’s a kleenex?
Our youngest daughter, Eve, has been busy with volleyball and choir during this first term of school. Our oldest, Sophie. has been juggling an internship (that is transitioning into a proper paid contract position next week) with university studies. We are all still adjusting to new school systems. Schools are different and as wonderful as the opportunity is, it is still a lot to get used to. As the first term of year 10 and uni wind down for our girls, we are prepping for some fun day trips over the next couple of weeks.in our quest to explore more of our city and things close to us. It’s funny because what we want to do is be in constant Aussie exploration mode but that is not really possible when you have life things like school, pets, work, etc….So we, explore when we can and are so looking forward to this break!
The past two weeks have brought confirmation dates of three sets of friends coming to visit this year! Yippee!! It all begins on July 4 then August then November! We are so incredibly happy that friends are making the long trip Down Under! It is a long way from home and flights are not inexpensive but it is totally worth it! Don’t you want to come? And, come while we are in this renovated Queenslander so you can enjoy this view! We have only begun to explore all this wonderful country has to offer but what we have seen has been fabulous!
Our youngest daughter is a social butterfly! She always has been! She is a full on extrovert so it seems every weekend there is a birthday party to attend. This past weekend had us traveling about 30 minutes south of our home to Manly, QLD. While Eve did the party thing, we explored the town and relaxed by the water with all the sailboats. I have already posted this on social media but as we were walking down the street in Manly we heard Sweet Home Alabama being covered by a local band. Queue some serious homesickness! This, a few days after my parents home had gone under contract! The other slightly cool thing from our time there was as we were relaxing on a bench by the water we hear someone say “Hello you two”! What? We don’t know anyone. We look up to find our doctor’s receptionist looking at us. It was actually so nice to see a face we are slightly familiar with. It isn’t home yet but still oh so nice! I will wrap up this post with a few of the photos from our time there.
As always, we are ever so grateful for your joining us on this adventure!