Although my husband has been at FSI for nearly 2.5 months now, my journey begins in 2 days ! It has been a very long road for us to get to this point. Adrian took the written test (aced it) in late 2008, passed the orals (first time around) in May 09 and joined A100 in March 2010. Of course they say to not quit your job or sell your house until you know for sure when you are going to be called but we did both. Ever the optimist and upstanding employee, dh quit his job at the newspaper in March 09 (yes, before the orals) and we sold our house in September 09. Uh, yeah, before he got his offer. To say we were a bit stressed out in an understatement. So, we were homeless and unemployed for alomost a year! Which turned out to be a blessing.
We are lucky enough to have family to "donate" their vacation home to us while we were waiting for the call. The fact that the kids have been coming to the house in Tryon since they were infants helped with the transition. They love it here and blossomed in their new schools. Morgan grew @ 12 inches and secured a spot on the middle school soccer team while Ewan went on to an undefeated season in the local soccer program. It also helped that our house is gorgeous with a swimming pool and fort :) We are very lucky. Thanks Mom & Dad. You can have your house back now. A bit dirtier than you are used to and I am sure you will find the odd sock now and then ( somehow I have 30 socks that don't have mates-I know they're around here somewhere) but we have appreciated it and will never be able to repay you. No, really.
The hardest part about leaving now was getting the boys out of school a week early. We tried to hold on until the last week but we miss Dad and the house is being rennovated so it's time to move on.
All we have to do now is pack the UAB, tie up some loose ends in Florida (our domicile) and head to DC. I can't wait.