It’s no secret that Justin and I don’t deal well with separation! We have had to endure separation on a number of occasions, mostly because we come from different countries and therefore have family scattered across the world. We also have to contend with different visa and immigration rules, so things aren’t always very simple for us when it comes to moving between various countries. It is undeniably rough to be without one another, but sometimes it is necessary.
We always regret decisions which lead to us being apart. However, we somehow – once again – temporarily forgot that fact, and planned a vacation where Elijah and I would depart earlier that Justin. At first it was going to be two weeks of separation, but Justin’s school informed us that the were closing a week earlier than we suspected they would, so he quickly changed his flight into South Africa. This means that he will be in Cape Town for 5 weeks, and Elijah and I will be here for 6 weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. A time to relax, unwind, and for Elijah to get attention from those who have been dying to meet him. Living away from family is tough at times, but it makes visits such as these all the more special. It has been wonderful to see my father holding my son – these are the type of memories that we came home for. And even though being separated for a week is not easy for Justin and I, it will be worth it in the long run for Elijah and I to have an extra week with our family and friends.
We came to Cape Town in 2010 to spend Christmas with my family. On that trip, Justin got to meet everyone. In 2013 we returned to South Africa for our wedding. On this third trip, we have come to introduce our first child. Every journey to Africa has been for something uniquely memorable, but this one feels the best of all. We are very excited to spend quality time with my parents, and our close friends. We have missed them all so much, and there’s nothing greater than coming home to all the luxuries that people so often take for granted.
|2 years since our wedding|