When choosing this lifestyle for our family, we knew there would be moments when it would be especially difficult to be living away. There would be new babies, weddings, birthdays, holidays and deaths when we would not be able to be with family and friends. Always, there would be times when we'd feel very absent from back "home". We just didn't think our absence would be felt quite so soon upon leaving.
Last week, a very close uncle unexpectedly passed away. Though my sister and I talk on Skype every week, she had the difficult task to email me the news, so I would know right away. I know she labored over every typed word, but cannot express how much we appreciated that she sent the email. Two weeks into our arrival, there was just no real way for us to get back to Illinois in time. Our phones are local only, until we get a VPN line to use the MagicJack, and our letters to loved ones will take about 2 weeks to arrive. I know our aunt, cousin and family know our scenario and understand. I know how hectic funerals are and that you never have time to visit with everyone. I know they know how very, very much we love them and hurt for their loss. It's still hard to feel so far away.