If you’re reading this, chances are, you know us. You know that we live in rural Vermont on a crazy farm, that we have too many animals, have tried to raise a lot of our own food, homeschool our kids, and, most importantly (at least as far as this blog is concerned) are about to move to Madaba, Jordan. We are corporate refugees, turned rural pseudo-homesteaders, about to turn globe-trotting nomads. Confused? Yeah, so are we.
A little background for context:
1997 was a big year for us. At the time, we were living in Seattle (I was with Microsoft, Lyman was with Ocean Beauty Seafoods) working really long hours. Making a great living, but not really living. In March, we got married. Two weeks later, my mother died. 6 months later, Lyman’s father died. Both were much too young. Lyman had always wanted to be a teacher, so, when our parents died, we looked at each other and said “life is short. We should do what makes us the most happy.” We quit our jobs, sold our house, drove across country with our golden retriever, and Lyman went to the University of Vermont for his master’s. After his master’s, Lyman started teaching History at Montpelier High School where he’s been for the past 12 years.
Fast forward to 2012. We have two boys, now 10 and 12, who have traveled very little, virtually not at all outside of the US. By Charlie’s age (10), I’d lived in Switzerland for almost 4 years, had been to almost every country in Europe, and had visited the Far East and Egypt. I spoke French fluently and could get by in German and Italian. I want that for my kids. When Lyman was offered a teaching position at King’s Academy, we jumped at the opportunity.
The contract was signed 3 weeks ago and the euphoria of moving to the Middle East is starting to wear off. Now the real work of getting ready is starting. Selling off homeschool materials, finding homes for the sheep and chickens, deciding whether or not to rent out our house, etc. Lots of details, but lots of excitement too.
The real purpose of this blog will be to keep friends and family up to date on our travels. Considering that we are bringing the Crack Puppies with us, I expect there will be quite a bit of humor too. Hope you enjoy traveling with us.
xo from VT (for now)