Friday, June 13, 2014

So close!

I feel like my life has been full of waiting with little ability to plan ever since we joined this ride of working for the government instead of in the private sector. And I really love to plan things, so this has been hard for me. I really like having everything all laid out, every detail described, and every minute scheduled on my calendar. I even go back and put past events on my calendar that weren't planned, just so they are there and my life is still laid out neatly in daily columns.

But ever since Jeff started contracting with OBO, it has all been unknowns, ifs, and maybes. Maybe he'll be in Germany. Maybe he'll be in Costa Rica. Maybe he'll be in Zambia. Maybe it will be two weeks. Maybe it will be five days. Maybe it will be three weeks. Maybe we'll be in Brazil three months. Maybe eight months. Maybe five months. Maybe the contract will be signed. Maybe this office will send the paperwork on. Maybe this. Maybe that.

Nothing planned in advance!

It has been a little stressful (only a little) on me to feel like I am living at the whim of another who doesn't even know me or seem to care about how far in advance I can plan.

But no more! Jeffrey has one week left of orientation for the Foreign Service. (Let me interject—orientation has been surprisingly full. They have been cramming Jeffrey so full of information that he is going to bed early every night. They even schedule seminars during lunch break. I am glad for all of the information, because going overseas and living this lifestyle is definitely complicated, but wow. I didn't realize there would be so much. It seems like there is a department for everything. (And sometimes it seems like there is more than one department for the same thing.))

Anyway, he has one week left, and then he begins training, which will last about twenty-six weeks.

And soon—soon!—I will be able to start planning everything out as much as I want.

On Tuesday, June 17, we will be told where we have been assigned. It will be one of these eight places.

  • Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
  • Asunción, Paraguay
  • Manama, Bahrain
  • Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Mbabane, Swaziland
  • Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Anywhere-in-the-whole-world has been narrowed down to those eight cities, and in a few short days, I will know where I will live for the next two years. I will know when I am moving. I will know what language I need to start learning. I will figure out what school Jill will go to, what shots we need, what belongings we are going to take. There are going to be lots of things to plan, and I am so excited!!

If you are curious, this is a link to an article that explains simply what the Foreign Service of the State Department and USAID do.

And just in case I've never mentioned it, my husband is now a Foreign Service Specialist in Facility Management, so he will manage the embassy/consulate and its grounds, as well as housing.



We have been going on lots of "adventures" now that the weather is nice. We recently went to Great Falls National Park. The Potomac River was very swollen due to recent rainfall. It made the rapids look pretty impressive. I definitely wouldn't want to raft them. Everything is so beautiful and green right now from all the rain—well, except for the river. The rain made the river brown.

And not to be left out, here is a picture of Alice in her swimming gear. So cute.


18 comments:

  1. So cute (Alice)! And so excited for Tuesday! And all the adventures! And Jill's purple rain boots!

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  2. Tuesday is going to be a great day!

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  3. This is so exciting! I can't wait for tomorrow! I loved going to Great Falls when I was growing up. Your kids look so grown up (especially Danny in these pictures) and Alice is an absolute doll! I love her! I am hoping to make a trip back to VA this fall- hopefully before you guys are headed off to conquer the world!

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    1. A little late to respond now, but we put Mexico first on our list. :)

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  5. Wow Michelle!! It would be AWESOME if you all got Manama Bahrain! Most people LOVE it here.. There is several younger couples here with children in our Branch.... I say here right now cause I am... Can't wait to see where you all are going to end up! How exciting!!! —Terri Hunt

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    1. Manama does seem like a really nice place!

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    2. Here in Bahrain the women do not have to were the Hijab and Abaya when out in public but in Saudi they do... Also women drive here but they are not allowed to drive at all there... AND women have to walk behind their men there and here we can walk beside them... So I would much rather be in Bahrain than Saudi! Also, we have friends in our Branch that are in Real Estate so they could help you find your home if you end up here and need help finding one... :)) —Terri

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    3. Those are definitely some big differences!

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  6. Wow! I had no idea! —Trina Loos

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  7. Welcome to the world of bidding! We bid this summer too but haven't seen our list yet. You guys have some pretty awesome places (and some really good differential too it looks like). Good luck! —Andrew Zvirzdin

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    1. Bidding after your first two posts seems really complicated. Good luck!

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  8. Wow! That is quite the eclectic list! I like being able to plan things out, too, so I'm happy for you that soon you will know where you are going. —Jessica Creer

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  9. Tuesday will be an exciting day, I hope at least. —Cynthia Leydsman

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    1. It will be an exciting day. We would like to go to any of those places.

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  10. Are you guys leaving too??? man we move into the ward and everyone is like the Hunsaker's are here we better hurry up and leave. The ward is going to be getting so much smaller this summer. So sad. —Susie

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    1. We don't leave until January, but you are right. A lot of good people are leaving, but great people like you have moved in too!

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  11. Wow that's crazy! Good luck with everything you are amazing.... —Sarah Hosler

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