Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sooner Rather Than Later: Our Big News

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We will be regulars in this spot; I already know it. I am packing the picnics in my mind.


I was going to start out at the beginning of the story, about how I put a piece of paper in my special envelope and then...

Well.

I don't have time for that.

I'm just going to cut to the chase: we are moving to London, in about six weeks. Jarod got a job there, rather unexpectedly, and now the next six weeks look like this:

  • June 12 Elvie will have surgery; this is the "maybe" surgery I wrote about before. The long and short of it is that we feel most comfortable with her surgeons here in San Francisco; they have been with her since the beginning and know her body well. It became apparent to me as I went about her daily care that this potential next surgery would be necessary, and when we found out that Jarod got the job, the first person I emailed was our contact at the pediatric surgery clinic. It's a small miracle that we were able to get it scheduled; we only just went in for the consultation Wednesday. I will say more about this as the day approaches, but I have very few worries about it - it's even more minor than the last one, and I am confident that Elvie will do her usual thing and heal like a champ.
  • June 16 The shipping service picks up the boxes and limited furniture we are shipping by sea. This is the thing that is causing me the most stress right now; I have to both decide what we're taking and which way we're taking it (by sea or on our flight), then pack up the stuff that goes on the boat. Every spare moment right now is spent putting things in boxes.
  • June 18-23 I fly on my own to London to search for housing. We are using a relocation service, as the London rental market can be a bit tricky, especially since we are moving with pets. We looked at the option of getting a pet friendly short let, and it was going to cost more than a plane ticket. This is also better for Zinashi and for me. We both like to know where home is going to be. We both like for there to be a solid plan. If it were just about me, then maybe we would do it differently, but it became clear that this would ease Zinashi's mind quite a lot, so off I go. (And let me just be honest here: I am going to LOVE flying without anyone else to keep calm and keep track of. I've already chosen which books I'm taking to read on the plane.)
  • June 26-July10 We travel to Kansas City to visit friends and family. This trip was planned in advance, and it seemed right to still do it since we don't know how soon we'll see all our Midwest folks again.
  • July 23(ish) We get on a flight here in San Francisco and land in our new home city the next day.
In between all these dates, we are managing the minutiae of life as well. We have to finish up homeschool work and meet one last time with Zinashi's independent study teacher. She'll go to her last guitar lesson while I am away. We're going to try to continue with soccer and ballet until the end to give both kids as much time doing what they love here as possible. It is overwhelming, but it is also good. This is what we have known for a long time is best for our family, and we are thrilled that the opportunity presented itself so soon. It will not be an easy move, or a cheap move, but it will be a worth it move.

These next six weeks are going to be ridiculous. There is so much to do. But at the end of it, we will be settled in the place we hope to be settled for the long term. We will start putting down the kind of roots that are good for our kids, and good for us, too. We will split the distance between Ethiopian and American families, just like we wanted to. We will make a home where we know we want to stay. It's a dream come true.

24 comments:

  1. OMG! Yaaaaaaaay! Contact me. I've done the international travel with pets thing too. Wheee, we'll be on neighbouring islands.

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  2. Yay! So glad for you. I would say welcome to my country but the current thunderstorms don't make it particularly welcoming! Good luck with the house hunting, don't envy you that.

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  3. Wow! That is exciting! Welcome to my home city from a longtime lurker and occasional commenter! If you need any advice then feel free to contact me - I'll drop you an email! Best of luck and enjoy that flight - practically a spa break!

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  4. Congratulations! How wonderful that something you have been wanting has come to be so quickly :)

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  5. Long time reader, first time commenting! Was born and raised in London and am sure you'll be very happy there :) some links I thought might help re. uk home education (I used to advise parents about education options a few years ago) http://www.educationotherwise.net and http://www.heas.org.uk/

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  6. What exciting news indeed! I am sure you will love London. Think of all the fabulous places to share with your children and if you ever want to come to Scotland I would be delighted to provide you with some travel tips and even show you around.

    I am sure the next 6 weeks will pass in a blur - oh and well done to Jarod on the new job.

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  7. How very exciting and overwhelming. As one who is packing up our home of 22 years and moving just across town, I can only imagine the rush and push you are under. I look forward to following you on this incredible journey. Tricia, inpursuitofatoolbox.com

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  8. Congrats! Thrilled for all of you! Wishing you smooth sailing through all the surgery, apartment hunting, travel!

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  9. So happy for you and the family, Mary. I know it is what you have been hoping for. I love hearing about your family, please keep up the news. I hope you know how important you have been and still are to my family, I love you dearly.

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  10. So happy to hear your dreams are coming true! Praying that the next 6 weeks go well and that adjusting to your new home is smooth experience for all. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in London!

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  11. How exciting! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about your new adventures. :)

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  12. You are exactly the person who can pull this off. You have great organizational skills, and have shared how you prioritize well. Knowing what needs to be done (downsizing, job, early shipping, attention to the girls) and going for it. Well done.

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  13. I know you have had your heart set on something like this for your family--may God be with you in the process, the settling and as you all walk those London streets. Please watch out for the buses and cabs all going the wrong way, ha!

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  14. This is so exciting! What a wonderful opportunity for all of you! Wishing you all the best on your home search and move!

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  15. congrats you guys i am sure you will all adjust to live in london well can't wait to follow your story

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  16. Congratulations. How fabulous.

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  17. That is amazing news! You're so right to draft in the professionals for the London relocation - it will be worth it. And hope you have all the extra help you need with everything else over the next six weeks as well!

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  18. Good news for you all and good luck, I have been reading for a long time and we are in North London, children ages 3 and 8 so if you need any help with anything or advice let me know!

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  19. Wow so exciting! Congratulations to your family - looking forward to reading about your adventures in London!

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  20. Congratulations!! So amazing how it is all falling into place. So excited for you all!

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  21. Congratulations! I can't wait to hear about the new adventures! I know your family just loves London and I am so thrilled you get to live out this dream together.

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  22. This is such lovely news for your family. I am a Londoner abroad, and am so excited to think of you all in my hometown :o) Best of luck with the packing and your recce trip, which really does sound rather heavenly! I love your blog, and can't wait to follow your adventures in an environment so familiar to me :o)

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  23. Having moved abroad with children numerous times, I know exactly what your next couple of weeks will look like (minus the surgery, of course!). You'll be in my thoughts, and please know that you are not alone. Many, many families do this all the time, and you will be fabulous (there will be hiccups, of course, but fabulous!).

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