Although the journey to come back to the states was long (26 hours if you include trans. to the airport, layovers and driving from the airport to my Moms), it was well worth it. To know that I have left Korea for good and will start a new journey with my sweetie next week makes all of the sacrifices so worth the effort. Monday was my birthday so I was able to spend it with my family, something I haven't been able to do for years. It was low key, but I enjoyed every minute. I also got a cell phone, it felt so good to actually be a part of the real world (goodbye Tracfone!)
Tuesday consisted of transferring utilities in my name, setting up delivery of my household goods as well as setting up Internet and satellite. Doing all of this cause my credit monitoring service to send me an email stating that major changes had been reported. I have been out of the US for so long, I forgot that just about every company pulls a credit report. So for my cell phone, Internet and satellite, they pulled a credit report. In addition to the one NVR pulled last week, it caused a small drop to my credit score. Not happy! I am proud of the score I have worked hard to get, and to know that simple inquiries in a small amount of time can make it drop bothered me. Its still in the excellent category, but it dropped nonetheless! This caused me to be hesitant to make any purchases on my credit card in case NVR decided to pull another report before we close on Monday. My loan processor Jennifer (who is AWESOME btw), emailed to see how my shopping was going, and the minute I replied with my concerns she called me directly. She put me at ease by saying my account is in the clear and they would not pull another report before closing, so I am definitely free to shop. I'm no longer scared to do any shopping which is a huge relief since I now have to buy a car.
I inquired on whether we would get the keys on Monday or another day since I have read that many get their keys after the fact, and was told that they keys will be available to us immediately after the last document is signed! Since we are not required to bring in cash to closing, it allows us to get the keys during the appointment. That means I can actually sleep in the house on Monday (even if its on the floor)!
Overall, this has been a roller coaster ride, but I am so excited that we are at the last leg of the race. There has been separation anxiety, frustration and tears, but I wouldn't change a thing. Only five more days and home is ours--to create a life together with one another for the rest of our lives.