We’ve been fortunate to call the British Virgin Islands “home” for the last three and a half years and it is with a heavy heart that we bid it adieu.
As much as a place can define someone, it has. We’ve fallen in love with the beaches, the water, the way of life… We’ve adopted many of the colloquialisms…British and otherwise. While we may moan and groan in harmony with the other expats about the limited shopping, expensive shipping rates, and pricey provisions, we also know there are few places on Earth as beautiful as the BVI.
Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m donning the proverbial rose-colored glasses at this very moment, as I’m staring down leaving this place. But I always try and see the good, and from where I sit – literally, looking out over the Drake’s Channel, for which our daughter was named – I see the beauty and want nothing more than to celebrate it over these last precious weeks.
More than the place, we are going to miss the people. We’ve made some of the greatest friends in the BVI and we know this isn’t the last we’ll see of each other. We’ve been on the other end of the goodbyes before, as we’ve watched expat friends make this same pilgrimage home. It wasn’t easy then, and it’s not going to be easy now. There will be tears… Breaking the news to Sandra, Anna Drake’s nanny, who’s been with her since she was 2 months old, was incredibly hard.
So, what is next for The Daniels? Michael has accepted a position with Fisher Investments back in the states. We’ll be moving back into our house in Knoxville, Tennessee. As far as moves go, this one will likely be the easiest from a logistical standpoint. It is a known quantity.
We look forward to reconnecting with our friends there, who’ve been so supportive of our island hopping journey these last few years. The biggest silver lining of all? Being closer to family. Anna Drake will be living in the same city as her cousins, Avery and Gracen, and only a few hours away from her Aunt Whitney. There’s no doubt her grandparents (on both sides) will be spoiling her rotten now that she’ll be so close.
I will continue to blog, although I’m not sure the name “Island Hopping” will apply any longer, since I’ll be completely landlocked. There will be time to figure that out…for now, we’re off to the beach!