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Yay – A Matched Set At Last!

Sorry for the radio silence… We’ve moved to our temporary lodgings, a beautiful waterfront cottage.  But the downside is we have no internet connection.  So things on the WWW are moving at a snail’s pace right now.  As we depend on phone connections to keep us in touch.

Yes!  My passport arrived this week.  This has been my first chance to get online to let anyone know!

Full House!  We win!!!

And more updates.  Hunny has handed in his resignation at work, and will be flying over the pond at the start of October.  His employers were quite stunned, but very supportive, and have even made it clear that if things do not work out for us, that he should contact them first before looking for work elsewhere in Canada.  Amazing Grace indeed!   They have written him a fantastic reference letter so we’re hoping it helps in securing employment on English soil. 🙂

The beautiful view from the temporary home we've been bkessed with... by friends. <3

The beautiful view from the temporary home we’ve been bkessed with… by friends. ❤

Isn’t this spectacular?!?!  Though nothing compared to the lovely views to be found over the pond, it is soothing and peaceful… something we sorely need in this time of adjustment.


  • Big Girl and Big Boy are happily settled in their respective college towns.  School is going great and both are making friends and building community.  We’re hoping to see both for Christmas over the pond… but if not Christmas, Easter.
  • Dog has started her DEFRA Pet Protocol with her microchip installled.  Next week she has her appointment to get her vaccinations.
  • Hunny’s overseas job search has started in earnest online, and his travel arrangements have to be made this week.  As of right now, his living arrangements haven’t been finalized, but he hopes to have that sorted by the end of the week.
  • All the stuff we put in storage is started to be sorted… Slowly.
  • And lastly, our Canadian passports are being applied for tomorrow morning, so they should only take a couple of weeks at most.  Canada is less twitchy about such things. 😉  (It took 3 and a half months for our UK passports to get sorted, and we still don’t have my documents back yet, just the passport.)

I will miss Canada so much, but I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead.

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Our Anniversary

Okay, it’s not really our anniversary… that was back in March (21 years in 2014!) – but it occurred to me this morning that today is the one year anniversary from the date we decided to make this dream of moving to the UK a reality.  So, that means that the 16 month goal date is a LOT closer… EEEK!  We need to list the house.  Yes, priority one.  That an passports.  And purging (*gulp* that is the hardest part, I think!)

doubtThere is so much to consider, and at the same time, so little.  Is this what we want?  Yes?  Then we just do it.  We make it happen.  Doubt is nothing but trouble.  Actually, part of our procrastination has been about telling our family.  Both here and there.  We’re expecting a fair bit of resistant and negative talk… but what is comes down to is that we aren’t asking them to make the move.  And to be honest, they did make this move – heading this way – years ago.  We’re just doing the same thing they set the example of, living for your dreams.  We want to offer our children that same excellent example in their lives.

One of benefits we have over many that we hear of going over the pond is that others seem to have this clear idea of where they are moving to… like what city or district they “must” live in.  Most is the London area… kinda like most people heading this way are seeing Toronto as the only place to live in Canada. *rolling eyes*  But when we go there, there is no expectation.  There is a preference, but absolutely nothing set in stone.  Which allows us a certain amount of freedom.  My Hunny can talk to recruiters about positions anywhere in the entire UK.  And honestly?  If we’re on the bigger island, there is nothing really farther to get to than a nice drive from Ontario to NS.  So if we want to see family (who mostly live in the Peak District), it can’t be that far away.  Living in Canada has given us a unique perspective on distances.

We also have discussed that the move may not be a permanent one.  That we aren’t locking ourselves into this move.  We may move… and, three years from now, come back.  We are citizens of both countries, so there is no risk there.  And no failure either.  The life experience for our Littles (the two still at home, 11 & 9) of living in another country will be enormous!  We are as excited for them as we are for ourselves.

I am praying that this blog blesses someone in their journey, even if it’s just to let them see that they are not alone in their fears and doubts… and hopefully encourage them not to let those doubts stop them from fulfilling their dreams.  I also hope that in the long run, it’ll help our family here in Canada understand a bit of what we are feeling and thinking and hopefully help them to come to an understanding in their hearts towards our decision.  Hey, a girl can hope, can’t she?  *grin*

So blessings today… talk to you soon!

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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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