friday present: a little news.

It's probably pretty obvious what I'm most thankful for this week...

you guys!

{flowers for you by dalobeee}
Thank you so much for your beautiful words and support. Truly. Your kindness is catchy, and it feels so good to be infected by it!


(visa) stamps of approval. 

{smile by aftab.}
Yep, after dancing among ink cartridges + paperclips, paper reams + photo copies, S got his U.S. visa. We're happy, we're excited.

so many pros.

{if it starts to sound ugly, write it in italian : photo by desi}
After a lot of talking and pussyfooting around decisions, we finally sat down to make that list I've been talking about making for months: Should we stay or should we go now (guitar riffing in background). Over lattes and hearty sandwiches, we listed the costs of having baby here vs. in the States, the bright sides of both places. It seemed an especially negative time for poor Chile, at least on our list. But for the seasons! It's just barely turning into spring here, with 18 hours of daylight just around the corner. We narrowly survived Patagonia's brutal winter. Back to short days and another winter so soon? Gulp. Of course Patagonian summer isn't exactly anyone's idea of summer. wind wind, hurricane wind, rain, hail, sun. wind um yeah.


Talks with family and friends made the list even more lopsided, leaning into blowing this pop stand called Patagonia and heading for more hospitable lands.

finding an awesome cafe to couch out. 

{via}
Today, we had to leave our rented abode in Santiago at noon, but our flight isn't until 1.30 a.m. We dropped our luggage at EstaciĆ³n Central's custodia, and lugged our computers around the metros in search of someplace to catch up... for hours. Abarzua with good chill music on good big speakers with the volume up, fast internet, laughing Buddha lamps, sofas, power sockets. Just what I needed. (You have no idea what a treat good music on better-than-passable speakers is here!)

heartening doses of decisiveness.

{moving again, it's all happening so fast : photo by chris darling}
After lots of soul searching, list making and giggling, we decided that we are indecisive. That we tend to prolong the inevitable. We will have to pick up and start over together pre- or post-baby (S only has six months to enter the States or his visa is null). Of course traveling 30 hours with an infant and trying to organize ourselves post-newborn is harder than trying to get at least a little settled pre-baby. That's why we just bought our flights to San Francisco. I still can't even believe it! We will be "home" for Christmas, and sheesh, it chokes me up just to write that. Off to go find me a tissue, again.

41 comments:

Elena said...

HEATHER!!!! I'm almost in tears over here! I can't WAIT to see you in all your pregnant glory and meet Serkan, and then to meet your little guy. Your big news just made my day! Love, love, love you.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

beautiful images :)

Kerry said...

Wow! That sounds perfect. And you sound like it is absolutely the best decision. Travel safe :)

Jude said...

Oh my goodness, this is so exciting and amazing! Congratulations and you totally put a smile on my face (and made me sniff just a little), since I spent years going between 2 countries, also because we were an indecisive pair! :) This is fantastic Friday news - hope you get to celebrate a very happy weekend!

Bella said...

How wonderful! Good for you. :)

Claire Kiefer said...

I was so excited when I got this email earlier and I cannot wait for you to be back. :) We'll be right back to long brunches and wine on the porch (while baby sleeps) and you can become a Cobra!!

Hollie said...

yay!!

Krystal said...

wow lady...this is such an exciting time! it will probably be nice to be home and to "nest" before baby comes :)

Di said...

I've been following your blog for a while - congratulations on the visa and the home-coming! I think you're right - settle before baby! Seems a good plan to me.....

Lori said...

It's OK to be indecisive ~ but what great news for you!! Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ I love comments :o) Have a fabulous week-end!
(We too were glued to the tv watching the rescues)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

How cool though to have a choice like that. It sounds pretty freeing! I wish I could pick up and move but have never had the guts. Good for you for doing it (twice is it? I'm a new follower ;).

Beautiful pictures in this post, by the way!

Sarah Klassen said...

That is wonderful!!! So excited for you -- you two are very smart, and this seems like the best decision. Exciting, exciting news :)

Enjoy the planning this weekend*
xo

OneCraftyFox said...

Congrats so much on the Visa, I know how much you were wanting this!!

And here you go packing your bags again, another day on the run ;)

I say, pop that baby out in US borders so citizenship is guaranteed, lol.

Again, so moved by your post. Much love!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Heather dearest! THANK YOU FOR COMING BY TONIGHT! And....may I ask, what are you doing in Chile? Obviously you work there...are you working as a writer? HOW EXCITING. But I guess you will have to make a decision soon....best of luck and THANK YOU FOR COMING!!!! Anita

this free bird said...

Heather!! OMG!! I'm so excited for you and S and baby...HOME FOR THE Ho-li-daaaays. Yay!!! The best is yet to come:)

xoxo,
Carrie
YAY!!!

Faiza said...

That doesn't sounds indecisive at all!

Congrats on this next chapter of your journey as a family!!

Phoenix Peacock said...

what an exciting time for you!

Felicity said...

How wonderful and exciting!

sherri said...

How exciting for you and your growing family! I've only been to San Francisco once (our honeymoon) but I loooooved it. It seems like a wonderful and beautiful place to start a family. Congratulations!

LatteLisa said...

what a wonderful reading. Congratulations you two, almost three ;-)

E. Charlotte said...

My goodness, that is exciting! What a difficult decision to make too. Hurray for the States! :D

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

That is wonderful news- Best of luck with EVERYTHING.

I am really happy for you!

and flowers pick themselves said...

such an inspiring + lovely post. HUGS!

xo Alison

and flowers pick themselves said...

such an inspiring + lovely post. HUGS!

xo Alison

DolceDreams said...

Decisions are hard...but I have to say I think you made the right choice, and that you will look back after birth and know it was the right decision 100% :).
Congratulations,
Nathalie
p.s. I grew up in SF and in Marin...what a small world this blogging world is!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, how exciting! I am so happy for you, and you will have had a wonderful experience to look back on! XX!

MarchMusings said...

I can kind of relate to what you're going through since we live in NZ but return home for a month every 2 years. I'm so hapy for you-all three of you!!

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

LOVING if it starts to sound ugly, write it in Italian! :) And home for Christmas -- love that even more!!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

How exciting you will be in California for Christmas!! I am thankful for decisiveness too...something I unfortunately lack a lot of!

Jen said...

Yay! I can't wait to see you when we're both "home"! : ) Lots of love!! xoxo

Aspiring Kennedy said...

yay!! this is awesome. congrats... and welcome home!

Jen said...

Oh how I love posts like this!! It makes me start thinking of everything that I'm grateful for!

Happy Sunday Dear! xo

Oh, and have you input your city information in at LOCATION CENTRAL yet?
www.locationcentral.blogspot.com

Robin said...

Wonderful news about the visa and SF! And in other wonderful news, I received your amazing package last night! Will blog it later (camera batteries died on first photo, darn it!). xoxo

Leah said...

I am so excited for you!!!!! What an incredible time in your lives congratulations sweetie!

Luvs!

city girl said...

Congrats, such an exciting time!!

Dancing Branflake said...

I am sooooo excited for you!!!!! We need to meet up- I'm just a few towns over. Congrats to you!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yay, glad you'll be home for Christmas and it'll be an exciting next chapter. I won't :( but hope to make it in Feb.

Melly Mel said...

I love your gratitude.
you are making a good decision it sounds like. i'm happy you feel that way. all the best to you sweet heather!

Gracie said...

I'm soo excited for you! This is amazing news. And I'm happy you will be home for Christmas :)

Lady Grey said...

Yay! I love that you're going home for Christmas. Stories like that always warm my heart!
oxo

Signe said...

Ooow, I'm so happy for you! Getting home for Christmas and everything :)

Have a lovely lovely Tuesday and some great images you picked again!

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