I can assure you that when these two were walking down the aisle almost 5 years ago the notion of moving overseas together had never crossed their minds. And if it had it would have fallen into the category of "that would be nice one day."
I can also assure you though that the couple that is walking down the aisle in that picture is not the same couple that last night was trying to decide which DVDs are coming to Switzerland and which DVDs are going into storage.
Things are very uncertain right now. The only thing we know for a fact that this moment is that we're leaving and John starts his job on August 8th. Everything else is up in the air. That's kind of scary and kind of exciting all at the same time.
I should explain the whos the whats the where the wherefores and whatnots.
Our story begins three years ago. Johnathan applied for a job with the Red Cross in Geneva. He did a phone interview then when we didn't hear about phase two by the deadline they had given we promptly forgot about it. Then the called and wanted to fly him there for the second interview. He was gone for a total of 72 hours. Shortest trip to Europe ever. Other job prospects came up afterwards from other companies and we ended up relocating to Winnipeg with Switzerland still being in the back of our heads. We did finally hear from the Red Cross. They liked Johnathan but his french wasn't quite up to par.
Every so often between then and now John would mention he applied for job in random countries. My first question was always, "Do they have derby there?" And then I wouldn't hear much about it. John did a telephone interview a few weeks ago for a job with the Universal Postal Union, a branch of the UN. They informed him a few days later they wanted to do a skype interview. The interview was obscenely long and it involved 5 or so skills tests. After that is was final decision time. We would know by the end of the week of the beginning of the following week.
John will be installing financial software. There will be some travel to Asia (woohoo). I will be um...hanging out?! Not sure yet what I'll do with myself. I'll probably do some writing, look for an ESL job, maybe consider being in Au Pair. Who knows. The future is ridiculously bright.
We're taking the bare necessities and Dylan. Life is scary and grand and busy and intense and wonderful and complicated right now. But we wouldn't want it any other way.