The Beginnings

I’m Sarah.  Hi, hello, and welcome to my blog.

As of present, papers and copies of papers, and itineraries and lists, and lists containing more lists surround me. My bedroom could probably be deemed a fire hazard. Have you ever tried to smash your entire belongings into two 50-pound suitcases (only one being free of charge, might I add)? It’s both cathartic and a nightmare. I haven’t even unpacked from my last trip – we got back on Sunday and my bags are still laying at the foot of my bed. So a strategy for packing for the next school year is still a bit hazy.

In less than 3 weeks I will be boarding a plane, with a one-way ticket in hand, heading for Turkey. It’s pretty exciting but also terrifying and overwhelming and every other emotion in between. While it’s something I’ve been pursuing since this past spring, it didn’t become set in stone until recently, and since purchasing my tickets, time has seemed to move at warped speed. There’s a noticeable undercurrent of anticipation weaved into these days and weeks leading up to my departure, which apparently is echoed in the current state of my bedroom.

Once I arrive in Turkey, I get to have the privilege of homeschooling four amazing kids. I have no words to express just how excited I am for this next year, yet I also feel about a 1000% under qualified for the job. But God is good and I am so thankful for the bucket loads of grace He pours out on us.

I am the first to admit I watch entirely too much House Hunters International, which I feel has aided in preparing me for a life abroad. Okay, maybe not so much, but if anything, it has forewarned me that my living space will contain neither granite nor stainless steel – what a pity. But I digress. When I received the initial invitation to consider this opportunity, I knew very little about Turkey. Since then, I’ve learned that it lies in both Europe and Asia (hence the name of my blog – cute, I know), and is thick with history, which I’m pumped to explore and see in person.

Anyway, I will try to update in the days leading up to takeoff so as to get into the habit of blogging. Writing and me are still in a love/hate relationship, but my hope is to blog every now and then to keep you all in the know, and to help me process a new culture and life without Little Caesar’s pizza.

Thanks for following along!



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