I will be honest. I felt a sort of relief to be coming home. Living in Egypt (or anywhere overseas, imho) can be stressful. I missed home a lot. On the other hand, in Egypt, I did feel a sense of ease that my kids were growing around muslims, and in a more Islamic environment than we could give them in America. Everytime I would think about leaving Egypt, I would think about the challenges the kids would face here.
The kids were initially upset with out move. My daughter cried for one hour after saying goodbye to her Quran teacher. My son told me he prefers Ramadan in Egypt, and asked if we could return to Egypt then. Eventually the ease of living in America won them over. The town we live in is very green and parks are very accessible. I find it much easier to take them out to different places, like the library. But the drawbacks are there. I cringe at some of the stuff they see in outside and in stores. And we have never been verbally assaulted in Egypt for how we dressed and unfortunately it happened fairly recently here. I’ve noticed a change in the kids, even in this short time.
Dh is thinking of how we might find a way to spend part of each year in Egypt. I don’t know how I feel about that. I really want to settle in one place. And I don’t like the kids living without their dad for months at a time (most likely he would be working here). I’ve been thinking of using my time here to try and finish my degree, maybe we can go somewhere besides Egypt and teach.