Yesterday (26 January) marked my one-year anniversary of living in South Africa. I can’t believe that my first year has come and gone. I feel like I blinked and the year was over. Full stop.
I had a wonderful time being at home for Christmas. Words can’t describe how great it was to spend time with my family and to reconnect with old friends. I have returned to Cape Town refreshed and renewed. I’m ready for the new year of work, ministry, fun, and living more into my adopted home and culture.
I have come to the realization that I have two homes. It feels good to have two homes; but while I’m in one, I miss the other. I thought I would grow out of this longing, the longer I lived abroad; but I’m beginning to realize that this longing for Tennessee home or Cape Town home comes with the territory of living abroad, with the reality of having two homes. It’s a bit of a tension and somewhat ironic but necessarily a bad thing.
Wow—a year has passed and how much has happened in that year! This time last year, I was kind of living in a fog. I didn’t know what to expect; I had a ton of feelings swirling inside of me. Returning to Cape Town, I feel as though I am home, surrounded by my loving community and by so many familiar things—from certain decorations in my flat that make me smile to the beautiful mountains that I see every day.
And might I add, it’s great to be out of the deep freeze and into summer!
4 thoughts on “One-Year Anniversary”
Being a Gemini, I like the idea of two homes (at least two homes). Great seeing you in your Tennessee home. Love, Dad#2
Thanks, Dad2. You know I miss my two dads in TN! It was so great to spent time with you and Mom Anita. XOXO
The two homes reflect the two homes, the two cultures, the two worlds Christians live in – earthly and heavenly!
Hi Nicole. Welcome back to SA. When will you be in Johannesburg again? We would love to see you. Blessings from Gwyn and Trevor.