It’s been awhile since I’ve posted – and I suppose I’m way overdue for an update. We haven’t been up to anything too exciting, so you haven’t missed much. Ben has been working, working, working – very hard, on his thesis. I’ve been looking after Samuel and keeping everything else afloat (or at least trying). And tomorrow, Ben submits his thesis! I can hardly believe it, and I am so excited for him to be done. Also, we’ve been trying to sort out a bit of our future, to the best of our ability. We have officially decided to leave Durham. We are really going to miss this beautiful place. It has been a wonderful home for us these past three years. We have made some amazing friends, been part of a wonderful church family, have been blessed to travel around the UK and mainland Europe, and most importantly – our precious little guy was born here. We’ve accomplished what we’ve come to do (get a PhD…well, he doesn’t have that yet but he’s almost there), and it seems like it’s time to move on. We’ve tried to find ways that we can stay, but it just doesn’t seem to be a door that is open to us. For those that want an update – there’s still a chance we may be in England another year (job reasons), but if that doesn’t work out we’ll be moving back to the NW. One of the hardest parts of leaving is realizing that this phase in life is over, and we’ll probably never live here again. When we left Portland three years ago we always knew it was possible to end up there someday, if not visit fairly frequently. I’m sure we’ll make a point of visiting England again, and for sure Durham, but 5,000 miles does make that a bit more difficult.
However, regardless of where we will end up this autumn – we are coming back to the NW at the very end of this month! Yay! We are so excited to see family, friends, and the beautiful Northwest. Please, please, please, order nice weather for us! The weather we’ve been having can hardly be called summer, and I’m sure if it weren’t for the vitamins I take – I’d be severely deficient in vitamin D.
I don’t have any pictures of Ben hard at work, but maybe I should take some pre & post finishing thesis pictures to document the occasion and post them tomorrow. But, I do have pictures of our adorable little guy. So, enjoy!