|One of the arrangements and some of the cards at my father’s house.|
I was so surprised when I got back from Iceland and there was a pile of sympathy cards and I also got a few money donations both in the cards and in my tip jar here on my blog. Even thought the donations were no where close to the cost of the trip, every penny is a great help and makes a huge difference. Even thought it was just Alex and I that ended up going to Iceland it still cost over $3000 for us to go. My sisters all got flowers, candles and statues from their friends in Iceland but knowing that I would have to travel back of course that was not in the cards for me. I was a little envious though that they would have all these great reminders but decided that I would make my own. I plan on printing out the photos from my last post and hang them up on my wall. I have found out that I miss out on a lot of things by living so far away from my family and now I ache to move back home to my family and enjoy the benefits of being so close and my boys really learning the language.
|Mom and dad in one of those silver dollar city photos with an arrangement in the foreground at my dad’s home.|
My thought now is to go back to work when Alex turns one and put most of the money I make into savings so that we can afford to buy a home in Iceland. Icelandic homes are VERY expensive and I feel like renting is just paying the mortgage for someone else and you end up not owning anything. Plus we don’t feel comfortable moving back til both of us have gotten a job there and I don’t know how to really go about securing jobs when you are over seas but hopefully it will all work out. At least that is the plan for now. Who knows what life will throw at me next. I have always lived with the feeling of control over my life but this has thrown me off my balance.