I haven't written about this before because I wasn't really sure it was going to happen. But now I'm really feeling like things are falling in to place, and that I can tell everyone that we are moving to China for a few years. We are going on business, and the company is planning on us going for 2 years, but we suspect it may be longer.
I know this is hard for other people to understand, but this is something we have wanted to do for a long time. We did live in China once before, for two years. But ever since then, we have wanted a chance to go back. I wouldn't want to move there permanently, but we just want one more chance to do this before we get too old. I can't explain the draw to you. I think if you have the "China bug", then you understand, and if you don't have it, you don't.
I'm not sure how my blogging will work while I'm there. I am pretty sure that "Blogger" is blocked by the great China "firewall". I'm hoping that I can get a sibling to post things for me.
So now I am in the process of trying to figure out what to give away, and what to store. Storage costs are quite high, so I don't want to store anything that I could easily replace later. It's really nice to think about paring down and getting back to the essentials, but it does give new meaning to "digging to China". We have never spent much money on "things", and especially furniture, so most of the furniture that we own can be disposed of. We have always kind of lived with the idea that one day we would be going back, and so we never really spent money on things that would tie us here.
We have a family vacation to China planned in August. Some friends will be meeting us there. I think we will just move before then so that we can be settled when they come. We will rent our home while we are gone. So basically I have 3 months to prepare. Yikes!
I'll fill you in more on the developments as they happen, but for now, I'm going back to digging my way through my old junk.