Stand by =)
While David is set to start up again at his beloved University this Fall, enrollment numbers are down. His career has taken a huge hit with the new President.
As a Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages instructor, a giant chunk of his students have been from various Middle Eastern countries, and while the "Muslim Ban" has been lifted, if you were an employer or family wanting to send someone abroad to study English, why send to a country that has a volatile Visa situation and seemingly rampant Islamophobia? Wouldn't you be more likely to chose the UK, or Canada, or Australia to send your people?
Also, the population the medical facility I worked at served was majority Medicaid patients, and with cuts being threatened to that area as well, I'm feeling less and less secure about my footing in healthcare.
Who knows what our next year looks like?
Luckily, I know - I believe - we'll be okay no matter what. We've navigated uncertainty before, and always managed to come out the other side. I'm just grateful we get to be together! Throughout our time here in Kuwait, I've met countless people who are here working without their families. Women who leave their children back home with the grandparents and come to Kuwait in order to work to provide for their children, sending all their money back home. Men who leave their families in their home country and come over here to earn a living that they otherwise could not, and it's still considered at poverty level.
I'm thankful we're able to live together all the time. No matter where that is.
(And I'm thankful for my sister and her little family opening their doors wide for us as we first land and while we figure out which direction to head next.)
If I slow my mind down enough...take breaths deep enough...quietly commune with the Lord enough...I can actually find myself the teeniest bit excited about all the unknown, as opposed to my normal modus operandi, which is anxiety to the point of hysteria.
If you would have told me ten years ago that I'd be raising twin seven year olds in Kuwait, I'd have had a hard time believing you.
And what an adventure that has been.