Family Visits

As Mother’s Day comes around I’m reminded of just how lucky I am to have the family I do.

At the beginning of last school year one of my fellow teachers was venting about the frustrations she was experiencing with her family. She hadn’t heard from them in weeks, not since she’d moved to Egypt. They hadn’t called, emailed, skyped, sent messenger pigeons…nothing. I tried to sympathize, but I realized that I had no idea what it was like to not have a supportive family. Sure, we have our ups and downs, but when the chips are down, we’re all there for each other. We call or skype on birthdays, major holidays, and just because. I probably talk to my father more when I’m on the opposite side of the planet than when I live thirty minutes away from him.

By the end of this week, every single member of my immediate family (mom, dad, and two brothers) will have visited me while I’m living overseas. How lucky is that?

There are downsides, of course, to living so far away. I haven’t gotten or given a birthday hug in five years, I’ve spent a few Christmases by myself, and I can’t be there when my brothers or parents need me.

In honor of my amazing family here are some fun pictures of the adventures we’ve had since I’ve moved overseas. More will come after Dad concludes his visit.

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2 thoughts on “Family Visits

  1. Beautiful pics and memories to hold on. A supportive family when you are an expat is such a plus. You are right to cherish your’s. I feel for that teacher. I, like yourself, always had family to visit and mend me when I was desperately ill overseas. Take care and enjoy your time there. Happy travels and teaching, Cheryl

  2. Tonantzin


    I wanted to know if you are still in Egypt. I am considering moving and have some questions. Please any assistance 🙂

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