mother, wife, expat...tarzan, jane

I am sitting in the transit lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, working on what has taken me a few months to 'About Me' page.

I am updating bits and as a work in life tends to be. I have promised answers to those who have asked about this crazy life we live. If we were to meet, I would enjoy it if we could sit in the two chairs above..taking in a peaceful vista and just talking.

To those of you who have read my page, I thank you sincerely and to those of you who are new to Collage of Life...I welcome you!

My story...

I have been writing at Collage of Life for nearly three years and over
that time I have met the most wonderful the written word and in person.
The natural way of things, when we connect, is to tell a little bit about ourselves.
So here goes...if you and I were to meet, most likely over a cup of coffee...I imagine
our conversation would go like this.... I will start.

What can I say about me 
that will not totally confuse you?
Let's see how this works...
I like to laugh and mostly laugh at myself.
I think...
taking oneself to seriously, can be exhausting.

I am an Expat...or better put, 
a travelling spouse and mother.
I have four children who call me 'Mom' and 'Mum'.
My travelling partner in this crazy life is Mr. H.

Some of us are American by birth, 
some are Australian by birth.
We call both countries home in addition to 
New Zealand and England where we lived for several years.
Oh yes, we have a family dog who travels with us. 
Her name is Tika.

In 2012, we moved to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
To say it is an adventure, equal to no other, is an understatement.
You can find lots on that topic within this blog.

My interests today...
my family, travel, photography, gardening, fashion, 
to name a few, it's all here.

As a mother,
I stay in touch with three of my children, one living in Australia, 
one living in New Zealand and the other living in America. What does it feel like
to have them spread wide and far? I will be honest, it is not easy, but we manage
through Skype and visits throughout the year.

The story does not end there as our fourth child, the lucky last is
with us in Ho Chi Minh City. At the age of twelve and knowing only 
the life of an expat since birth...we have only to guess where he will call
home one day.

As a wife,
I am the travelling spouse or as I frequently write on my immigration forms,
the 'Homemaker' to Mr. H and our children. I have thoughts on that one, 
long ones, you can read them here and here.  I often feel like Jane following Tarzan,
with a tribe of little ones (who are not so little anymore) following behind. The life of a wife?
I haven't written much about that yet, I will take note for future writing.

As an expat,
Life is interesting and I reflect on that through my photography and writing at Collage of Life.
We moved away from the USA in 1999, with thoughts about when and if we would return.
A question we often ask ourselves..and one that we can never find a definitive answer to..
'Where is home?'  Each of your children would have a different answer but at the end of the day, 
it is the time and place when we are all together. 

I should mention that I also write another blog, Expat Diary: Vietnam (here). 
I fill it with travel notes. If you are thinking of travelling to Vietnam, 
you just might find something to guide you.

If you like to stay connected, you can also fine me ...
and hang around here, where I list my favourite books, 
music and bits and pieces, My Shop Around The Corner ...
they might be some of yours too. 

With that, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart
for reading along. If you would like to drop me a line, with your story.
I would love to hear from you...

Warm wishes from Vietnam...
Jeanne xx


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