We're finally back in Germany. I am hoping to stay in this continent until July. Unless, of course, I find myself on a trip to Japan or India, both of which are pretty impossible dreams right now. Instead, I am here re-starting my life. I am re-starting because now, life is getting back to normal, but it is a new normal, because it is without my mom.
Before we left for the States in December, I knew we were heading back for lots of visiting with friends, getting the house ready to sell, and traveling. It was another three weeks of upheval. Now, that it's over, I am back in Germany, ready to try out life without my daily mom phone calls, without worrying about her, and without sharing all my news with my mom. There's a lot that's changed, I have more freedom, yet am weighed down by sadness.
I have good memories of the past three weeks to help bolster me when I am down. We had a wonderful Christmas, lots of fun visiting my father, my aunt and cousins, and my godparents. We went on a fabulous trip to New York City with my cousin Elizabeth, and even saw the Radio City Christmas Show. We shopped and ate in wonderful restaurants. We went to Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Our New Year's celebration at the James Bond gala was so much fun! And of course, just being at home was good for my soul.
There is so much for me to process and 2500 pictures to sort through. Rest assured, I'll be posting all about the trip during the upcoming week!
But for now, its back to normal, just a new version. I'm interested to see what life brings for us this year!