Friday, February 19, 2010

Flashback Friday - England here we come!

Flashback Friday is a meme that I found through Joyce's blog over at "this side of the pond".
To find more "flashbacks", visit Mylestones. Joyce participated this week and, with all that she and I have in common, she inspired me to write about our initial journey to England as well.

There is so much swirling through my head right now about our upcoming journey back to the States, that my thoughts need to be written down. I'll start here...

Just under two years ago we were about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. At least in many ways it felt that way. Who moves from their home country to another with 5 kids and a dog? I'm sure there are many, but it felt like few.

Who gives up two cats,
sells 2 cars,
a beautiful home,
says goodbye to all of their friends,
and family,
their church,
their dog who is in quarantine,
to go to a place they have never been to
where virtually no one homeschools like you do
so that their hubby can make some cornflakes in another place?

We do, that's who.

It's been both scary & grand all at the same time.

Take a walk with me and peek into the very beginnings of this journey.

Shawn and I went on a house hunt by ourselves about 6 weeks before we left Michigan.

This was house #3 of about 12 homes we looked at in 2 days.

It's been a wonderful place.

This is what we see when we look out our front window. Not too impressive, but it's the neighborhood nonetheless.

This would soon be the living room, aka lounge, that we would spend much of our time in.

My soon-to-be washer & dryer aka my nemesis.

Our conservatory provided a great place in which to have school.

And this is the place we would spend much of our time in as most families do. A place where I would lovingly prepare 3 meals a day, listen to music, enjoy endless cups of tea, teach my kids how to bake, and listen to my dryer yell at me because it is done.

And this, my friends, is our first walk around the Lymm Dam. The place I walked around just about everyday where Fletcher got to run and play in, a place that I still love to walk around, and the place that has given our family much enjoyment.

Thanks for joining me for "Flashback Friday."


Joyce said...

Oh how I do relate. I can still hear the sound of my dryer telling me it's through. Again and again and again until I open the door. That sound stays with you : )

You'll be carrying lots of happy memories with you across the pond. Deep breaths!

Jo@Mylestones said...

Oh this is perfect. Thanks for linking up!
It must be so scary to pick up and leave all that is familiar behind. But I bet the rich experiences in it all--the depth it adds to your story--make it all worthwhile!

thelumberjackswife said...

How exciting and scary at the same time! Nice post!

Darcie said...

Hey Sweetie...been missing you and was going to hop over today and tell you hi! So glad you posted. I know your days must be full getting ready to head back over here.

Thanks for sharing your story with us...I always wondered how long you had been there and why.

Have a great weekend.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

That is a great story and I love that house! Totally like retro cool and chic!!! I love the laundry room. That might tempt me to keep up on it {probably not}!!!!

Great post!

Erin said...

You have a beautiful house. :)

Diana said...

So you are coming back to the states?

McCrakensx4 said...

What a beautiful house! Ryan and I have been discussing options of teaching overseas...we will have to wait and see where God takes us. I hope you all the best as you make your way back to the states! But what a great experience!

Manuela@TPOH said...

How wonderful for your family to have had this experience!


He & Me + 3 said...

Beautiful house. I am sure you will miss it too. I adore your kitchen. When you get back to Michigan we need to get together.

Denise said...

Well I don't think Harrogate is on the cards for us but thanks for the info and help. Love looking at your pics from over there, but you must be excited to be moving back to the US too. Hope all is going well.
Happy Monday
Hugs Denise

Rachel said...

Wow...I'm still amazed by your bravery! Crazy life you lead, for sure!