I have now been in the UK for 2 weeks, the longest I have ever been here. It is sinking in a bit more now that I live here and that I won’t be on my way to Heathrow to be flown back to SF. It is an incredible feeling. I am so lucky to be able to live in the same country as my wife, hear her voice while she is working, and have dinner every night together. We have friends here, we are looking for a home to call our own, making real plans for the future, and starting our life together. I have been surprised at how few tears I have had flowing down my cheeks. I am content, happy.
We took a road trip up to Market Deeping for the weekend to see Emma’s godparents, Trevor and Jane. They live in an amazing Old Rectory that we had the pleasure of enjoying with them and two of their five sons for the weekend. We had a lovely time eating, drinking, relaxing, and seeing the area around them!
The last week has been very busy! We have been busy scouring rightmove looking for a house we might be able to scrape together the funds to buy..only to have the ones that we love scooped up by someone else first! Alas, this will be a long process, exciting now, but I am sure tireless in the future.
I had an official job interview yesterday at The Harley Street Clinic. I met them last week informally, but they wanted an official interview. So I spent all day on Monday preparing for my first interview in 10 years…what questions to ask, what to wear, how to present myself and make sure they know that they need me?!? Well, my preparations paid off, and yesterday afternoon, only 5 hours after the interview, I was offered a job. It took everything in me not to write back in all capital letters YES, I ACCEPT! immediately, but my wife reminded me that I need to be patient, see what the salary and benefits they would offer, and then accept or negotiate. It was the longest 24 hours waiting for the answers, I wore out the refresh button on my email, checking and checking again to see if they responded. By the end of the day today they had, salary and benefits are acceptable and I said yes, not in the all capitals that I wanted to respond with though! So in November of this year, once my time in Tanzania at Forever Angels is done and the final stages of my license is completed, I will be a nurse at The Harley Street Clinic in their Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. I couldn’t be happier.
We leave for South Africa on friday so Emma can work and network and I will relax a bit then we will head off into wine country for a few days.
Missing everyone at home, but truly enjoying my new life here in the UK!