Since my last post, lots has happened. So much so, that what I just wrote is a complete understatement. Our gap year has been filled with so much adventure. Much of it personal, but also very much professionally. We have taken trips to Denver, to Atlanta, to Galveston and camping in Texas. We have forged beautifully close relationships with people we met only a few months ago, and we accepted international teaching jobs. Yes, a lot of adventures!
Our days in Houston are spent finding the balance between academic rigor, deep diving into topics of interest, and playful distractions, all the while with me reminding my three little learners that this is our method of educating them for the year, so yes...they must do work, lots of it sometimes! They have grown so much in areas of reading, writing, math, and navigating sometimes complicated relationships among siblings and with me. They have learned the importance to pitching in with household chores, how to manage a grocery budget, how to walk to a neighbor’s house unaccompanied, and how to sit in our sunny backyard and just relax. At times, the days seem long, but the weeks are just flying by, and we are quickly approaching a huge change in our lives. At just over the midpoint in our gap year, I wouldn’t change anything. This time that I have homeschooled my children has been the most rewarding challenge. Somehow, I also managed to continue my work as the founding teacher of a Spanish Immersion program. We have met some incredible people who we have learned alongside, formed fellowship with, and will miss terribly when we go.
Our family of five will be moving to Mexico City in July 2018, leaving the only home our three children have ever known. There is a mixture of nervousness, excitement, and anticipation as the months fly by. My husband and I have accepted positions at the American School Foundation, and our children will join us there as students. I am so excited at the opportunities that we will have as professionals and as a family. Our children will finally live in a country where Spanish is the majority language, and I have high hopes for solidifying their Spanish language. Our school is an American School, where English is the language of instruction, but a high percentage of students are Mexican nationals, and therefore my children will have plenty of opportunities to form relationships in Spanish in school and in the community at large. This journey began in December of 2016, but as we face the drudgery and elation of an international move a mere six months from now, it only just seems real to us.
For those of you just now joining us, here is a brief timeline of what lead to this.
- December 2016 - I made a plea for a new adventure and a way to simplify our lives.
- January 2017- Husband accepts plea, and announces to his job his plan to resign in July 2018.
- June 2017- I begin exclusively homeschooling our children in a gap year from school.
- August 2017- We begin our hunt for international teaching jobs.
- November 2017- Attend a job fair in Atlanta and get job offer in Mexico City
- December 2017- Accept positions and inform our families.
- January 2018- present- Begin the exciting, yet tedious and stressful task of wrapping up our lives in Houston.
- July 2018- Move to Mexico City
- August 2018- Begin our teaching careers in Mexico City