My family and I moved to England about a year and a half ago. It has been a crazy year and a half. I was only 19 when i moved here and about 4 months pregnant. So yes my son was born in England, which is pretty cool. Right now I am a stay at home mom and wife and a photography student. Life stays pretty hectic chasing a one year old around all day.
Its pretty tough being so far away from my family sometimes. I was always really close to my mom and grandparents growing up so not getting to see them but once a year is hard. Being in England with my husband and son is an incredible adventure.
So here are my favorite ways to stay in touch with my favorite people while living internationally. (:
1. Since everyone is so far away from family we have a new little adopted family made up of close friends here. Its so important when living internationally or even just hours from your family to make close friends that eventually become like family. There is nothing wrong with having lots of people to love and who love you too.
2. Get used to skype dates. Skype is free and easy to use. Plus anyone with a computer or smart phone can download it! This means you get to see your close friends and family face to face anytime you want or they are available because we all know how wonderful time differences are!
3. Embrace social media! I’m not as much of a fan of posting on social media sites as my 15 year old self was…however its a free and easy way to keep my friends and family up to date on how my son is growing. I am also able to share photos of our lovely adventures in England. Facebook, twitter, instagram, the list goes on so pick one or all of them and keep up with your favorite people.
4. Texting Apps! There are like a zillion texting apps out there and some of them are even free. so if someone you love doesn’t have one of those smart phones yet well you can still text them and even call using some of the same apps which is pretty great. When i first got here i downloaded magic jack and was able to call my grandparents for free it made the move so much easier.
Most importantly remember this, most of the time moving internationally, weather for studying or the military it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Moving here is one of the hardest and scariest things i have done but it is such an incredible adventure for me and my little family. Remember to embrace the adventures and enjoy the moments. And, of course keep up with the people you love most because they are missing you as much as your missing them.
Enjoy this beautiful adventure.