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Thursday, June 28, 2012



These past two and half weeks have been filled with happiness at seeing old friends again, nervousness about finding a house, anxiousness about putting an offer on just the right house, elation when that offer was accepted, happiness at Guy being able to join us for almost two weeks, sadness that he had to leave and go back to Nigeria to finish up his job there, worry about safety over there, and exhaustion from everything in between.

We've survived 2 trips to Chuck E.Cheese, at least 5 trips to Sonic, 7 trips to Chick-Fil-A, and umpteen trips to Mickey D's and somewhere in there the kids have even managed to eat some fruit and veggies.:)  They have been troopers through their fourth straight summer of living out of a suitcase.  I don't know how we'll feel next summer when we will actually have a house.  I was starting to feel like I was at home in Lagos, but I never really felt like the flat was "mine".  It was assigned to us, and I always felt like I was living in someone else's house using someone else's furniture.  I am looking forward to living in a home we chose with things that belong to us.:)  Although that home won't be ready for us until August...

This next year will be a struggle for me to find my "new normal" whatever that may be.  But, for right now, my" normal" is packing up our bags for yet another plane ride....this time to see some family in Michigan.  And for the time being, our "home" is wherever our suitcases are.:)


  1. Hey Meredith. Have really enjoyed reading your blog - it's been an eye opener. Welcome back! I recently read your "An Art Form" post and the furniture is exquisitely beautiful. However, I can't help but ask why you had the furniture commissioned if you knew you were leaving so soon afterwards? Was your leaving Nigeria sudden and unexpected?

    1. we did know we were most likely moving back to the Staes in since March and we wanted to have something made to take back with us to help us remember our times here in Lagos and the beautiful people and artists we saw there. What could be a more beautiful souvenir than beautiful furniture we can see everyday?:)

  2. Ah - glad to know you took the furniture with you. Thanks for your response!