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The South Korea Darrs have big news.  We’ve been keeping it to ourselves for the last several months, but we couldn’t contain it any more:

We are expecting… a transoceanic move!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  I am so sorry.  Possibly some of you were expecting a big pregnancy announcement and I just couldn’t not play off of that, no matter how hard I tried.

Okay, fine.  I didn’t try that hard.  Truth be told, this is the longest space we’ve had between children, so I can see why some of you would think I was pregnant.  But no.  No buns currently in oven.

Enough of the cruel and belated April Fools jokes.  We are moving back to southern California on June 15.  That is 53 days away, people.  53 days…

I just passed out a little.  And maybe threw up a little, too.

This move has me all mixed up.  My feelings are so complicated that it would take pages and pages to explain them all.  Instead, I think I’m going to list them, bullet-style.  Cause I’m all efficient and sensitive to your precious time like that.

I feel:

  • Excited for: grandparents and other beloved family, Mexican food, other homeschooling families, besties (you know who you are), Trader Joooooooooes
  • Anxious about: cleaning out our monstrosity of an apartment, paring down our belongings, all the red tape of moving via the federal government, a 12 hour flight… a 12 hour flight (sing that last part to the tune of the theme to Gilligan’s Island)
  • Excruciatingly, heartbreakingly sad over: leaving our family here, the friends we’ve come to know and love, and this wacky-beautiful country called South Korea
  • Cautiously anticipating: finding a rental house with an actual yard that my actual kids can actually play in

What am I going to do without my daily fix of these people?  Cry my eyes out, that’s what.

Our days and weeks ahead look like they’re filled with all the regular schooling and life maintenance, a bit of last-minute sight-seeing, as well as all the crapola that goes with a massive 6-person transpacific move.

Pray for us, will you?  I’m feeling a bit fragile right now as I contemplate it all.

If you happen to have connections with any rental properties in the San Gabriel Valley, please pass that info my way, too.  Ask around, will ya?  You never know.  Maybe your grandma’s neighbor’s cousin has a great little house she’s just dying to rent to an adorable quartet of kids and their haggard hard-working parents?

Finally, the question of the hour (because I know this is the first thing that popped into your mind, too): what to do with ye olde blog?  Keep it the same? Rename it?  Start a new one?  Quit yer yappin’ already, Micaela?  Sorry, the last one is not a valid option.  What do you think about the other three, though?  Or any other ideas?

Maybe I’ll just ask the pilot to drop us off on this little island.  Is “on the way to the Philippines” considered as accurate as GPS coordinates?


  1. Wow! Welcome home…soon anyway! Moving is major. We did it almost two years ago and I still feel like I’m recovering. I’ll say a prayer or two for your journey! Exciting!

  2. Yay!!! I think it should be called “California to Korea and Back”

  3. June 15th is Lacy’s birthday! Not that that’s relevant at all.
    Keep the blog. Just change the name to California to Korea and back. There you go. You are welcome!

  4. Back in the states! So I won’t catch you online only at weird hours. If feel like now there is maybe some chance of us actually meeting as a road trip to California is much more realistic than trying to drive our megabus across an ocean. How exciting! I’ll keep you all in prayer.

  5. So so happy for you, the beginning of a new adventure!

    And keep the blog name, why not?

  6. Wow! That’s so great and I’m so happy for you!
    And I think you should keep the blog name. 🙂

  7. I was thinking. Maybe it is lots easier just to stay rather than face the difficult decision about how to handle this blog. Yeah – that’s my vote!

  8. Oh how exciting!!! Prayers 🙂

  9. How bout Korea to California? Or just leave it. So excited for your move!

  10. We keep looking for a place for you to move to. Walked thru Sierra Madre this morning with Marie up to Mater Dolorosa but didn’t find anything!Jane

  11. Oh Micaela, wow . . . that has been an unexpected consequence of my forays into ex-patriotism . . . you never expect as you leave, heart hopeful for adventure, that you are forever and always, from that moment onward, splitting your heart’s home into two. And you’ll never ever quite be satisfied again. But that’s what Heaven’s for, is it not?

    Will certainly be praying for you and your family.

    I say “California to Korea: There and Back Again” or close out this one and start a new one to enshrine this precious period of your life. You can look back on it in fondness as you would an old journal.

  12. How exciting!! Prayers for you!! I think you should keep the blog name or at the “and back” as other bloggers have mentioned.


  13. I’m happy for you, I’m incredibly jealous and I feel terrible that I failed in visiting the one person I actually know in SK. FAIL!!

  14. How exciting! I’m partial to CA so I think it’s great. But I will be praying for you since moving is a drag in general but your task needs some super grace! As for the blog I like the “and back again” that was suggested. 🙂

  15. Wahooo!!!!! My only question: now that you’re so close, WHEN ARE WE HANGING OUT?!?!