Our Denver Family’s Move to Saudi Arabia: Going From Good to Great
posted by: Guest Blogger
I’m a Colorado girl through and through. I’ve lived here since I was a toddler and except for college have spent all of my life living here and I love everything about it. For the past 7 years, my husband and I have lived in Lakewood, and though we really liked it there, there was something pushing us to go farther and expand our lives.
So we decided to make the big leap and move overseas, with our three kids ages 6, 4, and 21 months. To top is all off, I’m about to have baby #4 any second now (we left the U.S. as late as we could when I was 36 1/2 weeks pregnant). Yes, I’m going to give birth in Saudi Arabia!!!
Now we’re adjusting to our new life in Saudi Arabia…one of the last places on earth I ever thought I’d live. My husband’s background in finance brought us to a University called KAUST where we are living in a very international community (over 80 nationalities living here) with some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. So while we’ll miss the rivers, lakes, mountains and especially the weather, we’ll be spending the next several years in the Middle East, focusing on our family and traveling and experiencing the world together.
So, why did we move?
Deep within in me, there is a desire to make a substantial difference. A desire to supersede all expectations for me and blow the norm out of the water. Even more than wanting this sort of change for myself, I want it for my children, for my family. This is the driving force for our move. Not just to move to a different place. Really, it’s to move our family from good to great.
Don’t get me wrong, we have an incredible life. However, behind all of that, there lies unrest. The unrest that comes from feeling like I can do more. No. That I should do more.
At no time have I seen more clearly how quickly time passes than when I look at my children. How quickly the years have sped by while the days have crept along. In the end, I often feel like I’m in survival mode. Surviving the day to day of parenthood and the often repetitive tasks of feeding, clothing and caring for my children. Whether on the trail or at home, these things can easily consume my life, leaving my days busy but less than full (like I talked about in Busy The One Trend that’s Ruining Everyone).
We decided to change that. To stop living the life that everyone else was and that we were told was “best” for our family. To live deliberately. To take charge. For us, we decided to make this look like an overseas move. To stop saying “someday we want to live overseas” and change that to “yes, we’re moving overseas”!
So while we’ll be saying goodbye to the mountains, rivers, weather, and people that we love, we feel like we’re giving our family MORE.
Follow Jessica’s Saudi Arabia adventures on her blog, Bring the Kids.