You'll want to read this one

Passports are tricky little buggers to get. Lengthy passport applications, notarized special circumstance form for my son (since I couldn't locate his dad to sign his application), little passport pictures, birth certificates, and passport fees. Phew-- I almost feel like I signed my life away. Surprisingly it only took one resubmission of the notarized special circumstances form and four weeks of waiting to receive our new, beautiful, blue U.S. passports.

Not so beautifully blue in this shabby camera phone picture, though.

But really, this post isn't about passports at all. It's about some big gigantic news I want to share with everybody. You see, the passports are the keys and now that we have them, the door of opportunity is unlocked. What am I talking about?

A couple months ago a once in a life time opportunity dropped in my lap and I decided to grab it by the horns. Family, friends, readers, world wide web, I would like to announce that PJ and I will be moving to Dominica. We'll be living there until the end of Daves schooling at Ross University, then coming back to the U.S. in 2012. (You didn't think you could get rid of me for good that easy, did you?)

Am I crazy for doing this? You may think so, but I have been mulling this decision over for months and can think of nothing but positives. I will be a full time college student, PJ will be in preparatory school, cost of living is inexpensive, I get to experience living in the Caribbean, and most importantly, Dave, PJ and I will be together. Dave and I have come to realize how important this time of his life is and neither of us want PJ and I to miss out on experiencing it there with him.

You may be thinking "What about PJ? How is he going to react to this kind of a move?" You'd be surprised how many families move to Dominica with the med student. So many that there is a K-12 preparatory school and daycare for children of students and faculty. There is also the Ross Spouse Organization (RSO); all run by spouses, fianc├ęs, and girlfriends/boyfriends of med students. The RSO members plan play dates, group outings, and special events regularly for the kids. Did I mention that we are going to be living less than ten minutes from the beach? What I'm getting at is that PJ is going to have the time of his life.

Backpack. Hat. Passports... He is ready to go!

I'm the one you should be worried about, people! The official move date is May 2nd. That's t-minus 34 days to finish getting all of our affairs in order before we leave the country. I am still working full time (last day is April 15th), in school part time (classes don't end until mid-May), and am in full mommy-mode (24/7, 365!!). I think I'm getting an ulcer, but this has been the most exciting time in my life yet.

Before I wrap this up I want everyone to know that Dave and I made this decision together. Life is full of suprises which sometimes take you down paths you'd never thought you'd walk (like moving out of the country with your son!!).

If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments, I will be happy to answer :) Otherwise, wish me luck!


  1. Congratulations! Sounds very exciting. You seem like one to take every advantage of opportunity, and I know you'll squeeze every bit out of this one. Have fun!!

  2. Bravo!! It's a pretty courageous life changing decision for you and PJ!! It sounds like quite an adventure will reap benefits for a life time. I wish you all the best of luck and hope that they have great Internet with little or no lag!! - Scurvy

  3. Thanks gents!! I couldn't be more thrilled if I tried :-)

    Scurvy, I'm praying for good internet too! CFL league demands it! lol!!!

  4. :) I'm excited for you!! Will you be stopping in VA anytime before may??

  5. OH WOW!!! Congratulations. That sounds like an amazing opportunity!

  6. You're crazy! But it is a one in a lifetime opportunity. Take it while you can. Once PJ is K-12 I would recommend staying in one place for his sake though. Enjoy the sun!


  7. Holy crap, ikkins! I'm just getting to this now. Sounds like a great opportunity. Best of luck to the three of you!