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Big news. We just found out today that we will be moving to England in three months! Jeff got a job with a clinic near Cambridge, and we are thrilled. I believe this year will here-to-fore be referred to as Transition Bootcamp! In the space of 13 months, we will have moved from the US to Germany, from Germany to the US, then from the US to England. And of course, many, many transitions during our time here. Ironically, today’s news came as Jeff was moving a bunch of our stuff out of storage in Portland to our new rental home in Bend. I’m in Portland, Jeff’s in Bend, and Amelia is in Silverton. Sigh. Our crate arrives from Germany with the rest of our earthly goods in two weeks. We’ll unpack it all for a couple of months, then pack it all up again. We’re going to have a great summer. Never a dull moment around here!

12 Responses to Onward!

  1. Heather April 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Congrats!! It will be a whirlwind few months, I’m sure, but what a great opportunity!

  2. Willydee April 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    It will be interesting to look back on all this in 10 years and see exactly how God orchestrated all this. I’m sure this will amount to a major testimony.

  3. Amanda May 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    I am so happy for you guys! It will make your summer much more enjoyable knowing that you have somewhere to go at the end of it.

  4. Anonymous May 2, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    And I thought me moving 3 times in 7 months was a feat! I read your blog randomly to check in since seeing your kitchen featured on thekitchn.com. Good luck and happy travels 🙂

  5. cee May 3, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    wow.Jeff kudos to you! and Adriana and Amelia well done England wow a whole new you to come ..

    take care


  6. Radka May 4, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    Congratulations! I’m very happy for you guys.
    Have a nice & warm summer because England can get very, very cold.

  7. Anonymous May 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Oh – I’m so thrilled for you! Cambridge is stunning. I wish you many happy hours punting on the Cam.

    I could spend hours upon hours drinking in the wonders of King’s College Chapel. https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/chapel/ (Look for the whimsical mason’s signature up to the left as you’re facing the screen with HR & AR’s carved initials for King Henry Vlll and Anne Boleyn.) I was stunned to see the blood stained walls to the right of the altar where Oliver Cromwell apparently kept and slaughtered his livestock. Egregious! Oh – to be able to live in Cambridge and enjoy programmes there – I’m just a wee bit jealous – but absolutely thrilled for you.

    I wasn’t quite sure why we stopped to visit an enormous WW2 cemetery just outside of Cambridge -but after seeing the somber, respectful and breathtaking tribute to our fallen heroes, I count it as a “must see” for any visitor to the region.

    These are just a couple memories from a day in Cambridge. I’ll now eagerly watch your blog to see the area through your lens.

    Who knows … one day I may be able to co-ordinate a Martin visit to England. I hope so!!!

    Every blessing to you and yours!

    Nancy Martin
    (Shaun’s Aunt)

  8. Ariana May 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Thank you, everyone for your warm congratulations! It’s been such a cliffhanger for our family, and I am really thrilled to be able to share our new experiences and travels with all of you!

    Nancy, thanks for the recommendations! I know very, very little about England, and the region we’ll be in. I am really hoping to hear from more readers about their experiences!

  9. Andrew May 5, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Congrats on the job. England is pretty cool from what I have seen traveling. You should have far less language problems there than Germany.
    I wish you guys all the best and look forward to more insights from you about Cambridge and environs.

  10. Dana May 7, 2011 at 2:58 am #



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