At the beginning of this year Willy was presented with an opportunity that would have allowed our family to move to Bangalore, India for a year.  We were both very excited, and started the ball rolling on the various hurdles that needed to be cleared.  It was a very exciting time for us both, as we have both wanted to travel to India together, and wanted to have our family experience living in another country, another culture. 

The weeks that followed were filled with anticipation, excitement, and stress.  We didn’t tell our families or friends, as we knew nothing was certain.  I only had Willy to talk about this with. He would come home and almost every day I would ask what was happening, if he knew anything, when he would know anything, and why he didn’t know anything.   I started to make plans with an eye to the future, trying to figure out what I could and could not commit too, and what we need to do to ensure that the lils would thrive in this new environment.  

The weeks turned into months and things progressed incredibly slowly.  Just when it looked like the trip was no longer going to happen, there was a small bit of forward progress.  I am sure that there were lots of things happening behind the scenes, but this was what I saw.  It frustrated me and had me on edge. 

Finally, in late March, it looked like there was no possibility of travel to India, and we closed that door. It was very sad, as I had really hoped that we would have this wonderful experience.  It was also a relief, an end to the stress and uncertainty, and meant that I would not have to face all my fears for the family about moving to a completely new world.

Life went back to normal.  We planned for the summer and fall, started talking about family vacations, school for Woo, new adventures for Goose, and just living life.  Then Willy sent me an email. India was back on if we wanted it, and had cleared almost all of the organizational hurdles.

It means that he and I will likely be going to India in the next couple of weeks to look for a place to live and ensure that we can get both lils into school, JK for Woo, and nursery school for Goose.  If all can be put in place, we’ll return home and pack up our lil family for this new adventure!

I’ve written a million pro/con lists about the trip.  There are some cons, and some things that we will all miss out on.  We will all miss our families, friends and our fabulous daycare.  Our life will turn upside-down for a while, but it will right itself.  There will be new things to see and do, new people to meet, and many wonderful experiences.  We might hate it, but we might just love it.  That is why we can’t miss this opportunity.  We’re moving to India. Soon. Really, really soon. 


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Ottawa mom to two crazy little peeps, wife to my favourite geek. More on me later.
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23 Responses to Upside-down

  1. Tamara says:

    This is phenomenal news! I am so glad there is internet and my fingers are crossed you’ll be able to at least let us know monthly what’s going on with you! SO exciting!!

  2. Melissa says:

    Wow! Exciting!!

  3. Kellie says:

    Wow…that is just exciting…gave me a chill 🙂 The experience for you, Willy and the lils will be one that none of you will ever forget!!!! Enjoy the ride Krista and have a great adventure….looking forward to your posts, blogs and pics along the way!

  4. OttMomGo says:

    Oh, wow! What adventures you will have. Good luck with all of the worry/work/whatnot that comes next. If you need a referral for a property management person, my husband knows military people with contacts.

  5. Rebecca says:

    WOW!! congrats – what an exciting opportunity!

  6. Finola says:

    Oh my!!! I think that is fantastic, and what an incredible experience for all four of you. I would jump at the chance, and I would die of anxiety too, but that is just me. And I would still do it.
    I will miss you though, and will be glad to keep up our online connection while you are gone. Wine soonest!

  7. Charlene says:

    awesome adventures await! now is the time to do it when the kids are young. Hope you tweet all about it.

  8. allison says:

    Yikes! What an opportunity. i think whether you love it or hate it or somewhere in between, you won’t be sorry you did it (except maybe briefly during your first bout of Delhi Belly). Onward ho!

  9. Alison says:

    What an incredible opportunity! A friend lived in India for a few years as a child, and has such incredible memories.
    And think of the fantastic photos. Looking forward to following your journey 🙂

  10. Amy B says:

    That sounds amazing, I’m sure you’ll make a lot of great memories, and I hope you’ll be back to share them…

  11. Cindy says:

    I am SO thrilled for you, Willy and the lils. I will miss you all terribly, but it will be an amazing experience! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help while you’re planning or away. Simply amazing!!!

  12. Capital Mom says:

    It is so exciting! I can’t wait to read all about it from the other side of the world.

    (And I want an invite to the going away party)

  13. Lynn says:

    I am just so amazed and impressed with you. The very thought of travelling to another country for a whole year makes me queasy – I’m ashamed to say that my own husband is Indian and yet he’s never been able to talk me into visiting.

    I really admire the way you can look at this as an exciting adventure…I hope a little of you rubs off on me. In the meantime have an amazing trip, I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  14. Alicia says:

    Wow, amazing news! You must be going through such a range of emotions right now. Please tell me Life in the Hutch will travelling with you and giving us a little peak into life in India? I’m excited to read all about your adventures!

  15. Lara says:

    So very very exciting!! I too can’t wait to read about it and see the photos. Today’s technology will keep you closer than in years past. I’m a bit jealous too 😉

  16. Sasha says:

    No WAY! Wow. WOW!!!

  17. Chantal says:

    That is so awesome! I lived abroad (although it was the Caribbean, not India) when I was 9yo and loved it. My DH has a possible opportunity that could see us in the UK for a year and I am so excited (although it is still a long shot so I am trying to keep my cool in case it falls through). I hope you guys love it! And you’ll be able to blog and tweet from there and keep us all in the loop on your adventures! Have a wonderful time!

  18. Sara says:

    !!!!! So so amazing and so so excited for all of you

  19. Allison P. says:

    Amazing! I think it would be awesome. I spent almost a year in Bangladesh, and LOVED it. And with little kids??? Lucky them! Congrats.

  20. Laura says:

    What an incredible opportunity! That would be a dream for us. You are so brave to make the move. Good luck. I cannot wait to read all about your adventures.

  21. Krista - The Tech Mom says:

    Wait! Are there hutches in India? 😉

    I am really going to miss you and no one snorts as much as I do when I laugh… going to miss that too 😦 Just thinking of the snort fest we had in San Diego puts a silly crazy grin on my face. On the bright side I cannot wait to read all about your adventures and look at all the amazing photos you are going to take.

    I’m sure I’ll see you before you go (I better) so we can have one more snort, ahh err, laugh fest to last us the year 😀

  22. Nicki says:

    Wow, what an exciting and scary opportunity for you!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!

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