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Do you know what day it is today? It is an important anniversary. Yes, Happy One Year Anniversary Of Getting Fired, Mullins Family!
After I wrote my New Year’s post about facing our fears in 2011, I thought I was done referencing the last year and all of the craziness that it held. But I have spent all day thinking about what happened on January 18th, 2011.
How a person really, genuinely, tried to ruin our lives. How cruel she was, and how delighted she was to send a young, vulnerable, exhausted family packing, right after we had poured all we had into getting to Germany. It was such a battle for us to not give her the power to ruin our lives.
That day when Jeff came home, his liaison from our agency came with him, and baby sat Amelia so we could go out to dinner and talk. We felt sick, disappointed, and bewildered. We had to sit down and hash out our worst case scenario, and also talk about our best case scenario.
Honestly, both of those happened last year, but the thing that I keep marveling over today is where we are right now, just one year later. Jeff has a better job now, and loves it exponentially more than the one he left. We were able to visit friends and family in the States. We live in a wonderful city, in a beautiful, interesting country, where travel all over Europe is even easier than from Germany. Amelia is going to be starting at a really amazing Montessori school in a couple weeks (more on that later.) I am taking (and loving) pottery classes, and spent the morning walking around my sweet new city, chatting with my butcher around the corner, and running into friendly neighbors on my way home. Once again, we love our house, and are more settled into it than we were when we left ours in Germany.
We are living a wonderful life here, and because Jeff’s work environment is so good, our collective quality of life is much higher here than it was in Germany. So, to the lady that made it all happen, we raise our glasses and drink to you! We forgive you! We wish you well, and that you will be loved so deeply and effectively that grace will overwhelm you, and you will be able to improve other peoples’ lives on purpose in the future.