I spent most of this week away from my blog and unplugged from the Internet. We took advantage of M. having 3 days off in a row and went down to the beach house. While it was great to float around in the pool and lounge on the beach for a few days, now I’m in a mad rush to get things done before we leave for Bulgaria on the 6th.
Making the decision to go on this 3 week trip overseas was not an easy one. Financially, it has set us back quite a bit. Not only were the tickets a big expense at around $3,000 for the 3 of us, but we’re also looking at losing some income while we’re away. Obviously, we did decide that it was worth it, and that decision was only made more solid when we lost a family member in July.
M.’s grandmother had not been in the best of health when we moved away from Bulgaria last summer, and unfortunately, her health continued to decline. When she had a fall in June, things went down hill fast.
We had hope that she might hold on and pull through, but sadly, that was not the case. When we were on our trip to Williamsport over 4th of July we got the news that she had passed away.
It’s hard to imagine going over to M.’s grandparent’s apartment and not being greeted by Baba with a warm hug and a big smile. She was always so pleasant and so happy to see us when we would visit. While we knew that this could happen while we were gone, it isn’t something that you can really wrap your head around until you have to face it. Life can change so quickly, and we can’t take our loved ones for granted. We have to spend time with the ones that matter the most, no matter what the cost.
This trip is a financial setback for us, but it’s one that we know is well worth it. Once we come home, it’s time to get back on track with our financial goals and keep forging ahead. And of course, we’ll have to start planning for our next visit 🙂
What are some financial setbacks that you’ve had that were worth it to you?