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Provided For…

I know I’ve mentioned before that we are a Christian family.  Well, part of being Christian means we have to have a measure of faith that God has good plans for us and goes before us.  In fact, there is a verse in the Bible that says God can do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) and you know what?  That’s exactly how this whole move has played out.

Last autumn we had a bit of a financial set back.  Fast forward to this summer when we sold the house… we made more than we would have expected to get LAST summer when we first spoke to the Realtor!!  MORE than we imagined… and FAR more than we were set back.  Thank you, Lord!  Now we can pay our bank loan off, and any other creditors so that we can start this new chapter of our lives without the bondage of debt. 

Last week was particularly challenging for us as we came to the realisation that we’d been black listed to the family we were hoping on being able to get my husband boarded with while he went about his job search in a mere two months.  Wow.  Now it’s going to mean hotels or b&bs which we really hadn’t figured on needing to pay (we were going to offer a room and board amount to whoever would have helped him out, but we were NOT expecting to have to take from our safety net savings to cover full time hotels and three meals a day at restaurants and the likes. Yikes!)  AND we would still be maintaining a household here for myself and our two smaller children.  How would we do it?!?  Well, again, the Lord got their first and knew what He had in store for us.  When we sold our house rather faster than we expected, we were thinking we’d have to rent some place here temporarily (paying bills here) till my Hunny finds work.  But instead, we were offered a lovely cottage to use… and though I expected to pay at least a minimal amount rent to the generous mother of my best friend – NO… she’ll hear nothing of the sort.  She asked if we’d be willing to help her out by staining her back deck (ya, a few days of healthy labour in the cool September weather – no problem!)  That’s it.  Thank you again, Lord!

That means that the money we aren’t spending here, will help cover my Hunny there!  God knew, He knew how my Hunny’s family would react, He knew we’d be in need… and before we even knew our own need, He was making a way for it all to work out.

We feel so blessed.

It’s been a rough time as I’m very angry at the audacity of my Hunny’s family.  What right did they think they had to do such a thing?  What kind of parent goes purposely out of their way to sabotage their children’s success???  I must be a very different kind of person because not only would I never do that to one of my own children, I would never do that to ANYONE.  Not even them after all this… it’s just not right.  The world needs more encouragers and a whole lot less naysayers.

At least that’s my humble opinion.

Oh, and on a great note too:  I overestimated the space required for the “stuff” I would like to bring to the UK… we’d pre-decided that 18 boxes would be the maximum and I thought, “I will NEVER get everything that I need to into ONLY 18 boxes!!”  Well, My eyes must be bigger than my boxes… or is that my boxes are bigger than my eyes?  Because I am sitting here with only 8 boxes done, and I have packed more than .. wayyyyy more than half my stuff.  As in, what on earth am I going to fill these other 12 boxes with?!?!?  I know I can’t do bedding (sheets) because of bed sizes, but I’m thinking maybe blankets might be more “flexible” .  And of course there is winter coats and snowpants for the kids (do kids in the UK wear snowpants or is snowpant-worthy snow too rare?  No idea.)  And, OF COURSE, there is the non-electric kitchen gadgets… I can bring soooooo many now!

Life is good. 😉

AND passports (yes, those tappity-tap-tap passports which are STILL not here) are finally to the top of the pile.  We got an email this afternoon to confirm our mailing address before they dispatch them.  So I am guessing sometime next week we should have them (takes only a few days for the DHL guy) – and that will be a HUGE relief to finally have them in our little hands.  AND our original documents too, so we can renew/apply for our Canadian passports for trips back across the pond in future.

And we’re moving along!  (but now I really DO have to get back to packing.  Sorry. 😉 )

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*more tapping*

Yep… the tapping continues.  but now for a different reason…

OUR HOUSE HAS SOLD!  Well, conditionally sold, but we are very confident that the conditions will be lifted by the deadline  (the 21st of July).  Now, the tapping for those passports starts.  According to HMPO they are “bring processed” – I guess that’s better than refused. 😉  I have all confidence in their passing through no problem, it’s just the backlog that everyone is facing at the moment.  But it means that the closing date is looming and we cannot say in all certainty if my passport will be approved or not.  My Hunny’s will because he was born in England, but if mine is not (by Descent application) then we need to rethink our whole plan.

In the end, it’ll be fine. We DO have a Plan B.  it’s just not our dream plan… though we will do well.

The nice thing about the house being sold is that we got pretty much what we wanted price-wise, and made a rather large profit on the place in the five years we’ve lived here.  Nice.  Enough to clear all loans and stuff out and still leave us a nice start to getting set up over the pond.  We couldn’t ask for better!

SO… Please, Mr/Mrs Passport Person, hurry up and make a good decision so we can come live in your wonderful country and be good citizens. Please?  I hope they come in before we move, because I’m not sure how complicated things get if we have to call them to change our civic address (for delivery) before they are finished processing… and since the closing date is soon (Sept 3rd – though we expect to stay in Canada a while after that as we finish everything off, we won’t be living here!) it’d be nice to have them in our grubby little paws.

*tap, tap, tap* I’m wearing a hole in my desk… 😉

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Okay.  I admit it, I fell into a funk after my last post.  We so desperately want to be in the UK that the whole speed bump and pot holes thing just got me down.  I didn’t want to talk about it anymore… I didn’t even go onto British Expats for over a MONTH! (I know!!!)

But we’ve talked.  We’ve prayed.  And I think we’re ready to move forward again.

We’re listing our house to sell in February, and when it’s sold we’re going to rent here in Canada for a year… saving as much money as we can.  Once the house sells, we’ll get the passports, watch our daughter graduate from highschool, see her off on her volunteering, hopefully see her get into the military, and then move NEXT April (2015).  Our smaller children will be 12 and 10, still a decent age to relocate them, and what’s nice is they might even keep their Canadian accents…  but then… who knows. *grin*

Church at Bath

The church at Bath.

We’re also going to be taking a trip over the pond in the late Spring of this year (2014) to take a better look-see and check out some recruiters to discuss what is realistic to expect opportunity-wise with my husband’s CV.  We’ll check out the primary areas of his line of work and see if there is a particular place we’d like to live… though we suspect we’ll be biased for the Derby area.  It’ll be the first time for our smaller children to visit the UK, I’m hoping it’ll give them a bit of a taste for it and everything it has to offer. My youngest is already convinced though, “any place I can buy curly wurlies is fine by me!”  She’s my pet!  I hope to have the chance this trip to take them to Bath which was a true fascination for my younger children when we went in 2010.

Time will pass slowly this next year and a half, I think, but I’ve decided to enjoy the last two Christmases living in Canada… I purpose to enjoy the very cold weather, I might even try taking the kids skiing or skating (brrrrrr!) sometime this winter instead of our typical board games by the fireplace time. hehe.

IN THE MEANTIME… we’ve discovered a Hotspot Shield that lets us watch BBC iPlayer online – so I’m not missing any of that good British culture while I’m waiting… and I’m completely and newly addicted to the Great British Bake-Off! (BTW, this pleases my ex-pat husband tremendously as I get all inspired to work on my British cookery and baking skills!)

More later…

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