So…you may or may not know that I am moving to Lima, Peru on Wednesday. I have accepted a position as an elementary school teacher at Newton College, an international school in a “suburb” of Lima. My students start school March 5, as Newton follows the traditional Peruvian school calendar of March through December.
When people ask me how I am feeling, my initial reaction is to say shock. I am shocked that this move is only days away. I am shocked that I am actually doing something that I have always dreamed of doing. I am shocked that my belongings fit into four duffel bags. And I am shocked that I have a salary and benefits.
Besides shock, I am very excited and also nervous. Here’s a list of reasons why:
Reasons Why I Could Not Be More Excited to Move to Lima:
- To enjoy summer the majority of the year. And to enjoy the beauty of living next to the Pacific Ocean.
- To have my own classroom and to work at Newton. I have been dreaming of being a teacher for as long as I can remember. Newton seems like a great place to begin my career. I am looking forward to being a part of the IB curriculum (PYP) and working witha diverse staff.
- After (oh so patiently) enduring essentially a year of Long Distance, I am so excited to be 11 miles, compared to 3782.07 miles, away from Ronald. I am incredibly blessed to be starting a new job and living in a new city supported by a man who constantly challenges me to love Jesus more. We have a long list of actual dates we want to go on (compared to skype dates)!
Reasons Why I am Nervous to Move to Lima:
- Even though one wonderful long distance relationship is ending, I have many long distance relationships that are just beginning. I am so sad to be leaving my mom, dad, and sister and will miss them terribly. I get the saddest when I’m thinking about missing friends’ weddings and promotions and moves, but I know that God will finish the work that he has started (Philippians 1:6).
- Target, Amazon.com, and Hulu and watching Parenthood with my family. Oh those little conveniences that we so often take for granted…
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as I leave! I could not do it without you.