Transitions are a regular and repeating part of my life. They come and go in waves and sometimes overwhelm me. As I was wrapping up things in Davao and preparing to live in the US for a year of home assignment, I wanted to prepare my heart and mind as well. I decided to post a small insight or observation from the day on Facebook to record my journey for my last 30 days at home and then for my first 30 days in Nebraska. Here's a collection of what I wrote: #first30days
Day 1 of being back in the US: Glad to be able to help my sister mow the lawn. Almost feels like I've always lived here.
Day 2 in NE: It's impossible to instinctively know what time it is when it's cold (< 80 F) all day and the sun doesn't go down til almost 9 pm...oh and you're jetlagged.
Day 4 of furlough: Hanging out with siblings is nice!
Day 5: Belly laughs that end with tears in my eyes
Day 6 in NE: According to a local, Haiti and the Philippines are the same place. LOL!
Day 8 at "home": Craft night helped me to settle in and not feel like I'm living out of a suitcase.
9th day of furlough: Helping siblings with yard work, they're sweating and I'm enjoying myself.
Day 10 in NE: Who knew that you could buy a fishing license online while out on the water?
Day 12 aka Day 42 of transition: Connecting my phone isn't as easy as buying a SIM card load at the sari-sari store. #imissglobe
14 days since I left Davao: Finding a daily or weekly routine is harder when you don't have a class schedule.
15th day in NE: It's so quiet here that I can clearly hear my stomach growling.
16 days since I left Davao: Each day there are moments where it feels like a friend from the other half of my world should be by my side or I should be by their side. Time and distance don't negate those connections but they do make my heart hurt.
Day 18: Saw a partial solar eclipse in Davao in 2016 & a total eclipse in NE today. Living globally does have perks!
Day 20 away from Davao: I miss the warmth of the tropics.
Day 23 back home: I do love the beauty of a big sky!
Day 27: Today I cleaned out the kitchen...oops, she doesn't belong in the trash!
Day 29: It's so refreshing and comforting to spend time with good friends from my other life on this side of the world.
30th day in NE = 60th day of transition: At the State Fair viewing the animals and walking around in a SEA of red t-shirts...yep I'm definitely in Nebraska.