Instead, we will be moving! We are moving much closer to my parents...in fact, we're moving into the very building they live in!
From this rocky beach (taken on a really chilly day in early March)...
To this sandy one (where 'chilly' never happens).
We are so, so excited, and looking forward to setting up our new home and building our life and community in a new/old place. Old, because I've lived in the region before. New, because we have never lived there together, and because this will be my first time living there as an adult.
Telling our community here in China that we've made the decision to move away is tough.
My friends here bring tears to my eyes as they react to our news with both genuine "Congratulations!" and slightly reproachful, "But we had hoped that you'd stay and teach at our school for many years."
We didn't know how long we'd have in China when we moved here, but we knew we didn't want any of that time to go to waste. We jumped into making friends in the neighborhood and at work...with the result that I already know that when our mid-June departure comes, my tears will be many.
Leaving people you love sucks. There's no way around that. I wanted to write this post to prepare my readers for any possible nostalgia or sentiment in the weeks to come. I couldn't be happier about this move--but I think it speaks very well for our community here in ShenZhen that the thought of leaving them hurts my heart.
We look forward to the excitement of packing everything up once more and starting life in a place we both love so much. I look forward to doing life with people I have seen far too infrequently for far too long. Even better, several of our friends here in China have already mentioned coming to visit us after the move--it's not such a long flight after all!