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sometimes the hardest thing is the right thing

Hey friends! I truly did not intend to take a leave-of-absence from blogging while I was home, but somehow that’s what happened. However,  I can say I truly enjoyed every single second I spent with my family and friends, and sometimes stepping away from technology is necessary to make sure that happens. I must admit I am VERY behind on blog-reading, so to some my favorite bloggers out-there (Meghan, Charlotte, Leslee, Monique, Rachel, Elizabeth, Brooke, Kristy, Kelly, Cori, Kristina, Lillian, Bek, just to name a few) I am still a devoted reader, promise! Smile

Anyway, in five short weeks home, I think it’s safe to say I fit a lot in. It all started with a visit from my twin, which was full of:
– fun dinners:
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-puppy cuddles:
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-…and ice-cream dates:
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This visit was followed by a week-long trip to Cape Cod where we:
-mini-golfed:
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-went bowling (where the best part of the bowling alley was the bar!):
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-relaxed, exercised,  and ate loads of frozen yogurt:
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-had a fantastic dinner with some of my closest girlfriends and family (hi Laura, Peter, and Lauren!):
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…and dined out:
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(To.die.for. Lobster salad at the Poppenessett Inn)

Our Cape trip was followed by a wedding dress shopping weekend with my sister, Mom, and best friend Sarah. Can I just say that I’m OBSESSED with dress shopping? Love love love. We also squeezed in  a girls night at Mohegan Sun, and a visit to Kimmie’s wedding venue in Newport, Rhode Island:
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(We are standing on the exact location Kim and Jim will be married next year!)

-Mohegan Sun girls night:
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-Plus I got to see my dear friend Michelle for lunch, too:IMG_3567

In my last few weeks home, I worked most days (Hi Mr. Shaw!), but fit in some pool time, a Boston visit, and quality family-and-friend-time too:
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So after a whirlwind trip, I’m back in Australia! It feels wonderful to be back with Brandon after a month of being apart. I don’t think long distance relationships get any easier, no matter how much experience you have with them. But as good as it is to be back,  I do have a confession: I’m not back for long. After countless hours of research, pro/con lists, deep discussions and many tears, I’ve decided to move home in order to continue pursuing my second degree back in America. As hard as it is to admit, sometimes the hardest decision is the right decision, and this is one of those times.
 
Would I rather stay in the same place as Brandon? Yes.
Do I love living in a tropical paradise? Yes.
Do I feel that moving to Australia was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Yes.
Would it be easier to stay here and continue doing what I’ve been doing? Yes.

However, the adult me asks:
Education wise, does the university here offer what I need for courses? No.
Does it make more sense to take my pre-requisite classes somewhere more affordable? Yes.
Do I want to be done with school as soon as possible and start my new career? Yes.
Will staying in Australia enable me to do this? No.
Will I have more opportunities to work while attending classes at home? Yes.
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And so, with Brandon’s support and our families support, I’ll be moving back to the U.S.A. at the end of August, immediately starting classes in Maine at that time. 
I’m extremely grateful that I can continue my dream of achieving my masters degree of nutrition at home, but it deeply saddens me to leave Brandon, the life we created together here, and the friendships I’ve cultivated this past year. Sometimes the hardest decision is the right decision, and I’m praying that this one is the right one for us.

Thank you always for your on-going support and for reading,

Meredith

P.S. Brandon’s parents are en-route to Australia tomorrow and we are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Travel safe, Brad and Sue. We love you!

Happy at home

Hello from home sweet home! I am so happy to be here; I just can’t believe how quickly the days are passing. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Thankfully, my flights back to the U.S. on Virgin Australia went very smoothly. In fact, I only had one semi-freak-out during the whole trip, which happened to occur in Los Angeles airport. By the time I got my luggage and went through customs, border protection, and re-checked my luggage, I only had one hour left to sprint across three terminals, make it through security, and board my flight. I sure did cut it close, but somehow I made it!

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This was after about 15 hours of flying…I may look tired but I was SO excited to be on U.S. Soil!

My greeting from my family at the airport in Boston is honestly a blur to me, mostly because I was quite teary-eyed and so ecstatic to see them. I’m glad my sister Christie snapped these pictures because I think they capture my reaction quite well!
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Mom, Mom, Mom!!!!

So besides catching up on sleep this past week, my first few days home have included some of the things I’ve missed most over the last 6.5 months,  including:

-Eating my favorite foods
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Panera Bread bagels and Mom’s fruit salad (Please don’t mind my side of extra butter  with my bagel LOL)

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Mom’s homemade baked stuffed shrimp= obsessed

-Indulging in my favorite treats
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Chocolate-glazed Munchkins after Sunday Church

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Shaws Ridge Farm Red Raspberry Chip Icecream

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Raspberry/coffee soft serve, with rainbow sprinkles of course!

Shopping at my favorite store
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Truthfully this is the only store I’ve shopped at so far this week, but I nearly died of excitement. 

-Seeing my favorite people (and animals)
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Lunch reunion with both of my Moms: –)

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Reunited with my nephews!

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Finally reunited with my twin. 6 months was far too long without her.

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Finally getting to see (and try-on, obviously!) my sister’s engagement ring. It is STUNNING.

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A special visit with My Mem

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My Dad and Peanut

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My Mom and precious Preston

Besides those favorites, I’ve also gotten in some great work-outs with my Mom, have enjoyed copious amounts of iced coffee, eaten too many desserts to count, and have been re-adapting to driving on the “right-side of the road.” Winking smileA perfect week in my book!

I am so looking forward to the next few weeks and seeing other friends and family members, especially my girls. Since I’m in Maine with my parents and many of them are in Boston, I have a lot more reuniting to-do and I can’t wait. Home sure is a happy place! My only wish is that Brandon could be home too, enjoying all of these things with me. (Missing you, B!)

What’s your favorite thing about going home?
I think mine would have to be family dinners; I cherish that time with my parents and sisters!