I have started compiling a silly little list in my head of all the things I will and will not miss once we move to Saipan. Most of these are of no real consequence, but more general thoughts as I go throughout the day.
I Might Miss:
*Girl Scout Cookies, especially Thin Mints
*Grocery and Electric prices I can predict and account for in our budget
*Availability of fabric and craft stores
*A/C 24/7 (We *know* I will miss this one..)
*On-Call/Free Babysitters (aka Grandmas) ;-)
*My Lifesong Photography clients
I Will Not Miss:
*Having to blow dry & staighten my hair, ever. Updos and ponytails, here I come!
*Worrying about what to wear. (No one cares about how one dresses on the island, so I've been told)
*Working out of the home (!!)
*Traveling every weekend and not having anything be "normal"
*Long drives to the store, work, church, restaurants, etc. (On an island 4milesx12miles, I imagine most trips are relatively quick)
Other Things I am Excited About:
*Utilizing market vendors for fresh produce, etc.
*Making new friends in a new place
*Being home with my kiddo(s) every day!
*Continuing to pursue my passion of photography
*Having time to hopefully join/start new ministries as need on the island. (My heart feels drawn to a young mother's ministry, if there is a need for one.)
As I said, this list really doesn't serve a purpose to anyone, but I wanted to type it out anyway. Maybe it will help keep me balanced.
Yes, there are many things I will miss about life in the States (more than I've listed, of course). But, the things I am excited about and the things I will Not miss are important too. If I ever need to be reminded of the exciting things about moving, I can to a quick look at this list and remember.
Girl Scout cookies or not, I am ready for Saipan and hope Saipan is ready for us! (O: