While on vacation in Sweden, we found out my husband James had been laid off from his job. Nice timing, I know. Right? Of course, I panicked. The the first thing that went through my head was “What will we do now?” and “How will we pay for Bella’s school?” and more.
Once it started to sink in, we realized that James would be awarded a very nice severance package and be paid for 9 months. We both took a deep breath and did what we do best — bond as a great team and look at the problem calmly. James, who had been close to being burned out at work, said he would not mind taking some time off and spending it with our three children instead. I welcomed that idea because it would mean I could focus more on my work while still being a mom. A new idea formed, and we started looking at the possibility of moving to Sweden permanently. Financially, it would be the best for us right now so that James can take that time off. As the saying goes, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade; and, yes, that was exactly the way we treated this situation.
However, it was a long shot since school there starts at end of August, five weeks away at that time. Bella has attended a Waldorf school in San Diego, which we have been very happy with, so we were happy when we found a Waldorf school very close to our vacation rental. We called and got a chance to meet with someone who also gave us a tour. We were informed that, no problem, Bella could start first grade there and — big surprise — the school is free!!!! We also found out there is a daycare associated with the school, with spots available for Noah. Once we made the decision to move, everything seemed to fall into place. We even named our little adventure challenge “Hitting the Ground Running,” as that was exactly what we were practicing. We found a home to rent in Sweden, visas for the kids, and someone to rent our home in San Diego.
Right now we’re both getting super excited, and packing up our home for the big adventure and move within a week. All our friends and family have been so supportive and recognize that this is a good thing for us. James, especially, is looking happier than he has in a long time. I’m excited to continue my green mom journey in Sweden and to share my green life there with you all.