the beginning

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

So, I’m freaking out a little bit.  We have wheels in motion to move our little family of four (five?  will our cat come with us?  so many unanswered questions!) to Singapore in a matter of MONTHS.  How am I even typing this right now?  This all started only about a week and a half ago, when Jon faced me in the kitchen, smirking that he had inquired about a position with a company, which would require us moving across the globe.  I think I glared at him in a “NOT FUNNY” sort of way.

Then we uttered those dangerous words… “Well, it can’t hurt to look into it.”
How have I not learned by now that that train of thought always leads to something bigger than I can imagine?! This has proven true countless times in my life, not least of which is when we switched lives with a family in Paris only three months ago. Looking into things leads to more things.

But I made a decision at an impossibly young age that I would live my life that way. I would chase after the what ifs and who knows? And fortunately for me, I married a man nearly a decade ago who also subscribes to that life philosophy (but has the logical and rational brain to balance my crazy out a little bit 🙂 )  I could fill pages of my Book of Life with tales of recklessness, and unbelievable luck, once in a lifetime opportunities, friendships made, awestruck wonder, abject fear, and gratitude for life.  I’ve always wanted to live in Asia.  This is our time, I’m ready!

So here we are. We haven’t yet signed on the dotted line, but will probably do so next week. Then we’ll stoke the fires and start making this real. For now I just lay in bed at night for hours, my mind spinning and my tummy kind of hurting about all the unknowns. Pulling my four year old out of his beloved preschool, saying sad goodbyes to our family and friends, selling our cars & things, packing up our lives….
okay. can’t go there yet. That’s for later, but not yet 🙂

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  1. Amy Steingard says:

    😀😁😳😖😱😩😭😀😘. These are my emotions right now. So excited for this adventure for you. I sort of knew we couldn’t keep you forever…you’re far too amazing for that. But so sad to see you go and not get to hang out with you and have your physical presence here. You will be missed, my friend. Keep writing on this blog. We all want to hear about your journey and keep up with you. Love you, Kara. You’re one of a kind.

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  2. Shirley says:

    Okay, this is so amazing. I have lived the expat life (premarriage and kids) and it is so awesome. My best friend lives in Hong Kong (which is where I lived, with her teaching at at international school) and the hardest part is being away from family but being immersed in a different culture that will become your own is something most people never have the chance to experience. You will find community. You will find church. You will be so happy when the kids make little Chinese friends as well as Australian, British, Canadian… It may be hard at first but you will absolutely love it. Congrats and keep in touch! I want to follow your experience! Xoxo Shirley

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