My children deserve a medal. Or ice cream. Or both!

This move has been stressful.  Any move is, but packing up an entire house and sending it on a ship to a house you have never seen is super stressful.

And thats a 35 year old grown up that is finding it stressful.  I can only imagine how daunting and overwhelming this must be for a 7 year old and a 4 year old.

My children though, have taken everything in stride.  A few small wobbles, a bit of separation anxiety but mainly they have been super stars!

Both children helped sort out their toys.  What toys were broken and needed to be thrown away, what toys could be given to charity and what toys were being sent to Israel.  There were no tears, no tantrums, just acceptance that they were not taking everything with.  They both made a concerted effort to ‘save’ toys for charity.  When I asked them to each choose 3 fluffy toys, they did so with no arguing.  The rest they made sure that I sent to a charity with children that would love the soft toys like they did.

They have taken to living in my moms house as if it were their own.  They are kind and courteous to my moms elderly domestic worker (She raised me from newborn!) and say please and thank you and help clear off the table and make their beds.  They carry laundry upstairs for her and give her hugs and kisses whenever they see her.

Every single day these children amaze me in their ability to adapt and to take things in stride.  I expect a few more wobbles along the way and we will deal with those as they occur but my kids have made me the proudest mom in the last few weeks.

#OperationIsrael Countdown

  • 1 day left of owning my Tazz
  • 3 days left of work (including today)
  • 7 days until the movers arrive to pack our things
  • 11 days until we hand over the keys to our house to the new owners
  • 22 days left of school
  • 33 sleeps until we get on the plane

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We are going home.

Israel.  We are going home to Israel.

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We have had this thought of making Aliyah (emigrating) to Israel for about 5 years, but various things kept us here.

A few months ago we made the decision that now is the time.  The kids are young enough, we are young enough.  Lets go!

I have sold my big car, the house has been sold (in 3 weeks!!! Need a fantastic estate agent contact {Wendi}!!), I have resigned, the kids know, our families have has some time to process everything.

We leave mid December.  Thats 2 and a half months away!  Our lift leaves in 6 weeks!!  I haven’t even started packing or deciding what is being given away or sold or coming with us.

Its all very hectic and very exciting.

This is going to be the adventure of a life time and I cant wait to take you on our journey with us!