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And then there were three

December 12, 2011

For the last several months I have dropped into a blogging black hole, and in some ways I feel like my life has slipped into a completely different universe. The only part of my life that is the same as it was in September (the last time I wrote) is that I’m still happily married. (And, unpoppable bubble wrap still makes me mad.)


Now, instead of living in tropical Saigon, I live in chilly Atlanta. I no longer get my head buzzed for $1 every two weeks (let’s not talk about how much I pay now.) I drive a car instead of a motorbike and spend dollars instead of đong. I’m no longer able to bargain for purchases, and I understand everyone around me (for better or for worse.) The jet setting has all but stopped (for now).


The biggest change of all, though, is that I’m pregnant. In four months we’ll have a little girl. I’ll tell the story later, but she was a huge surprise. We weren’t expecting to end our stay in Vietnam so soon, but between the pregnancy and other circumstances we decided to come home when Jonathan’s contract expired at the end of September.




We’ve been home just over two months and are settled into an apartment. We came back at the perfect time. I was tired of sweating, having difficulty finding foods that appealed to me, and October is the most beautiful month in Georgia. Adjusting to life here has been a lot easier than I expected. After all, we are returning to our own culture. The hardest part has been doing everything as a tired, pregnant woman.


Life in Atlanta may not be as dramatic or as picturesque as it was in Vietnam, but every day the adventure continues.


It’s good to be home.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Candice A permalink
    December 12, 2011 17:12

    welcome back home Grace!

  2. Maggie Eickhoff permalink
    December 12, 2011 17:34

    Congratulations and welcome home!

  3. Laurel Cook permalink
    December 12, 2011 20:35

    Yay! Another post!! Miss you.

  4. December 12, 2011 20:43

    Do you miss having your hands on all that dong now that you’re back? incidentally, about time for another blog 😛

  5. December 13, 2011 06:08

    Congrats and welcome back! Guess my blog just dropped a notch for you. 😉

    • February 28, 2012 12:32

      No, it’s still just as amusing as ever, and I’m sure there will be plenty of times when I envy your kid-free living. I already envy your wine consumption 🙂

  6. Karen E permalink
    December 13, 2011 08:10

    She is beautiful!! Glad you are back and glad you are writing your blog again!!
    Merry Christmas!!

  7. February 28, 2012 12:14

    Hey, Grace. What wonderful news. Have you named her yet? It seems you and my daughter Holly are due about the same time. Holly at the end of April. They’ve named their little girl Faith Alexandria.

    Congratulations and good luck!

    • February 28, 2012 12:33

      Thanks, Angela. Congratulations to you and your daughter. Is this your first grandchild? We’re narrowing the names down, but I have a feeling it’ll be a hospital decision. How is your daughter doing? Crazy how soon our little girls will be here 🙂

      • February 28, 2012 12:57

        Thanks. Yes, she is my first grandchild. I’m very excited, we all are. Holly’s doing good, thank you for asking. She is prone to blood clots, has the remnants of one still in her leg as a matter of fact, so has to have shots in her tummy every day.

        She also developed gestational diabetes. My poor chick has had to deal with a lot in this pregnancy but as bad as it sounds she has done really well and so far so has Faith. We’re all starting to relax just a little that everything is going to be ok. We pray so anyway.

        I hope everything goes well for you in your pregnancy. You and your little girl will be in my prayers with Holly and Faith.

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