I love this expatriate life with my children. They get to experience and live among children they would normally not have been able to meet if they were back "home." They have friends in Egypt, Australia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the list goes on. The world is really one for them as long as we have the internet. =) But the downside of this expatriate life is that most of their friends are expatriates as well and they leave when it's time for their family to move on. When their friends leave, there's a void in my children's hearts. It takes time to heal. It's quite painful when it happens. But they survive. Heartaches heal. It takes time. But they make new friends. They long for their old friends but are glad to have met new ones.
This set of photographs are of my daughter and her new friend. It helps too that her friend is so friendly and behaves as if she's been there all along! haha I'm hoping my kids pick up this manner so that when we move to a new place, it's not too difficult for them to integrate into the community.
We love this life, with all the heartaches and all.