20 September, 2013

Update: September 2013

I have realized the past few weeks that people are still reading the blog. People are looking for advice on moving companies when moving across the ocean. I thought I would give you an update since I have posted in years.

My husband and I split up. The divorce was final in 2012. Did our troubles in Europe contribute to our marriage problems? Probably. But that's a long story, and there is a lot of blame to go around on both sides, so we'll save that for another post. Or maybe not.

The girls and I moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and we're happy here. And since this blog was about moving, I will say for the record that we did move ourselves with a large U-Haul truck. The girls and I were homeless for a few months and living with families from our church. When it came time to actually move into the house I had bought, it took some time driving around collecting things from all over. It was a very interesting time for us. But we've been in the house now for over a year, and we're settled. This is the first time in a long time that I have felt like I have a home.

My oldest daughter is a junior at the University of Alabama Birmingham. She is a Blazer Elite Scholar, a very good scholarship. She is studying mathematics and anthropology, and she's going very well. She finished high school very near the top of her class. I'm very happy that we stayed with Christian Liberty Academy (CLA) through the Luxembourg years and in Tennessee, too.

My youngest daughter is a senior in high school with CLA. Now that we live in a town with a decent school system, people wonder why she's still doing correspondence school. At this point, it's all that she's known, and we know it prepares the girls well for college, so she's finishing up her school work through correspondence, just like we've been doing for years. She is still taking tours of colleges and deciding where to go to college next school year.

My middle daughter, the one who absolutely hated Luxembourg, is now an Airman in the United States Air Force. She credits living in Luxembourg as one of the factors in her decision--living in Luxembourg (which she calls "Suxembourg") helped her to appreciate how much she loves the United States. However, with as much as she loves the U.S., she also decided that there were parts of the rest of the world that she likes very much. She asked for assignment to Lakenheath AFB in the United Kingdom, and she was given her wish, so she will be moving to the U.K. as soon as she has finished her training.

On her application for the Air Force, she needed a reference from everywhere that she had ever lived for a background check. We asked Joan Lyon, one of our pastors in Luxembourg to be the reference. We also discovered that it's easier to get into the USAF with a real high school diploma (for example, one from CLA) that it is if you are strictly homeschooled. Once again, I was reminded of two great decisions in made in Luxembourg: being a part of the Anglican church in Luxembourg and correspondence school through CLA.

I am still working for Catherine Hood Consulting. I also work fairly regularly at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Working for Belmont gives me a chance to get health insurance. I also really enjoy teaching statistics, and I get to teach elementary statistics to the business and psychology majors. It's a lot of fun.

03 June, 2010

Missing England

A few days ago, I was helping my mother plan a trip to London. We got out the scrapbooks and the guide books, and we talked about what my girls and I had done when we were in London back in 2002. My youngest was only six then, so she has very different memories of that trip than I do. Then again, I spent part of that trip working at the Bank of England while she was sightseeing with my husband, so I have very different memories also.

Last night, my youngest and I were watching the movie Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit along with one of her friends. We were enjoying the movie much more than our friend. I think it's because it's such a British movie. I love seeing the British gardens and the fair at Tottington Hall. It's so much like the church fairs in Luxembourg. And I realized last night that I've never been to a church fair in England, or been to someone's house in England. All my memories of these very British things are memories from Luxembourg. So I think it's time to get out my scrapbook from Luxembourg. As I look through the pictures of my friends at the English-speaking Church of Luxembourg, I will thank God for the wonderful memories and the wonderful influence they have had in my life.

04 May, 2010

May's Scary Picture from Tennessee

This is a picture of our driveway and the creek during the floods the covered Middle Tennessee on May 1 and 2, 2010. Our house is high enough on the hill that I don't worry about flooding at the house. The scary part is my husband having to wade across this in the dark to get to our van (parked at the neighbors) so he can get to work. The governor asked that everyone stay home, but the company my husband works for didn't seem to get that memo.

06 March, 2010

Another anniversary

Today is the four year anniversary of my fall, broken ankle, and surgery. On most days, I forget my leg was ever broken. Today the weather is clear, and my ankle feels good.

It seems like a dream that we ever lived in Europe or that we got to vacation at the Italian Riviera because I broke my leg. It seems like lifetime ago that I worked at Census. I love my job, and I love teaching the girls, too.

I got out my scrapbook of our trip to the Mediterranean to remind myself that God does use all things for our good, and that He does work in mysterious ways.