If you will ask me if being an Immigrant was part of my dreams or plans when I was still young, my respond will be, “it did not even come into my mind to work abroad most especially to live in other country permanently.” Well I must admit I dreamt of going outside the Philippines and have my passport marked by the immigration officer’s rubber stamp but not as an OFW or Immigrant…. I dreamt of going abroad for leisure, for fun…
But here we are, starting a life here in the Land of 100,000 Lakes in Canada. Would you believe that after almost 3 months of being here I still have moments where I stop for a while and can’t believe that we are already here.
Yes this is a BIG MOVE for me and for my husband and 2 kids. We moved from Philippines to Canada. But it doesn’t stop there, my family and I are now moving on. Moving on to a life where God has lead us. Yes, we are back to square one and sometimes I still have fear – fear of the unknown and of not being successful. But I strongly believe that “my God” is bigger than my fear, He is my back-up. And I won’t be here if it is not part of His big plan for me and my family.
As we start out new life, the most difficult part that I am facing is the 360 turn that happened to me – from being a working mom to becoming a plain housewife. Whenever I am asked what keeps me busy now that we are here in Canada, I will jokingly answer that “I got demoted here, I am now a stay-home mom.” But after a few months of staying home, I realized that even if this is a big adjustment for me, it is the most rewarding job I ever had so far. No other job experience that I have in my resume could give the same “compensation and benefits” that being a house mother can give. Yes, it is not easy but it is not sooooo hard either, and the best perk of this job was the chance to spend each day with my two kids.
Indeed, starting from the bottom is something that we would like to avoid or skip if we only have our way, but if you decide to leave your country and move to another, you really have to start all over again.