Seven years ago today the kids and I arrived in Chiang Mai and began fumbling our way through the ins and outs of living here. The only thing that is still the same as that day is that we are still pretty much fumbling our way through.
So what are we all up to now? Chan is 20 and living in America, he’s taking a semester off from college and working. We’ll see where that leads. Aly has just started her last semester of high school, she’s applying to colleges and trying to decide just where it is she wants to go. She’s trying to decide between Japan and the U.S. – that’s a big decision to make at 18. Sam is now 15. He’s currently studying for his G.E.D. We’re still investigating how to make that happen. He goes to school for Drama and is enjoying that very much. Michael’s still working for Compassion, that’s who we moved here with 7 years ago. He still travels a great deal, but maybe it’s slowing down a bit for the time being. He’s also finishing up his Master’s Degree. He’s worked hard to keep all those balls in the air and he’s done a great job. I’m still rehabbing from my hip surgery. Things are coming along, but it’s slow going. I’m coaching CrossFit classes and have even been able to do some of the workouts. That’s progress! I’m currently working to lose my rehab weight. Rehab eating was lots of fun, but the pounds I gained aren’t helping my hip. I’m doing a Whole30. I’m almost half way through my 30 days and am seeing positive results. If you’re interested I’ve started another blog keeping tabs on what I’m eating and what I’m doing during these 30 days. I’m not sure if I’ll continue it past the 30 days, but we’ll see.
What does the future hold? We’re not sure. We know we’ll be back in the U.S. this summer for a few weeks, but we don’t have any plans to move back. It’s kind of the same time line we’ve had since we moved here, we just don’t know.
Seven years has passed crazy fast. We fumble through fewer things, but also find more things to fumble through. I think that might be a never ending struggle.