James thought four years. I swore it was gonna be three. We were both wrong.
Two years. Two years in Paradise. That’s all we’re getting. (I’ll wait while you dry your tears on your Grandpa’s hanky.)
We knew it wasn’t going to be our forever home – I’m not sure we’ll ever have one of those. But two years? It doesn’t quite seem like long enough. There are still tons of trails to conquer, and I haven’t done nearly enough snorkeling. I haven’t even seen any dolphins up close yet! And of course our friends – we’ve made so many friends here.
But the fact is that we are leaving Hawai’i sometime in September. James’s position is ending sort of unexpectedly, and his company is sending us elsewhere. (I’m grateful they’re taking care of us so well!) So where are we going??
It’s ironic because I was just there for Fitbloggin’, and I’ve been saying since we arrived on-island that it was the place I wanted to try next. I am so anxious about all of the adventure that Colorado has to offer. I’m already blissfully anticipating the beauty that will surround us. And let me tell you how excited I am about once again experiencing cardigans, tall boots, hot coffees, and breathing in that crisp, autumn air. Ahhhh.
But right now, we’re focused on selling our brand spanking new house that we absolutely love (waaaah!), crossing the remaining things off of our Hawai’i bucket list, and spending time with friends.
We’re embracing this surprise with an adventurous spirit. There is a definite reason we call ourselves The Wandering Five. It’s a stressful time for James because new jobs come with a fair bit of uncertainty, but the kids are looking forward to being back on the mainland. I’m elated about our destination, and I’m already researching the homes, the community, the homeschooling network, and of course, the opportunities to be active.
Still, this has been a lot to process. It’s all happening so very quickly.
I love change, but I gotta admit that this has thrown me for a bit of a loop. Hawai’i is the first place I’ve ever experienced happiness in its purest form. Will this feeling continue once we leave? I’ll be able to create a good life for myself anywhere. I know that. But damn, this place has inspired something special in me. I never knew these deep feelings of joy were even possible. I have to believe our experience in Hawai’i served to show me they exist, but now it’s up to me to keep the fire burnin’ from within. And I will. Because life is all one big adventure story right? Yes, yes, it is.
Now I guess it’s time to go live the next chapter of it.