The Letter, and the End.

As I excitedly posted on Monday, the letter finally came!  We were able to make our housing reservation, start the process of booking movers, and began to climb the mountain of paper work that comes with any government job.  The biggest hurdle I face is that, when I started this process, I used my maiden name.  Even though the registrars office changed my name (quickly and easily, I might add), the name change doesn’t seem to have rippled through to all of the other offices.  And now that I have an Eligible Family Member (an EFM), all of my previous information needs updating so that Cormac can officially come along!

I’m now awaiting my official travel orders, which are not issued until your signed offer letter has been returned.  Hopefully those come in the next week or so.  Travel orders are needed to confirm all of our reservations.

This past week was my last week of class!  I’m one-half of a final away from finishing up at school.  I submitted my final masters project this week, and gave my final presentation for another class.  This coming week, I’ll take my final and then hop on a plane to Seattle to visit my brother for about a week.  When I get home, it’ll practically be time to walk across the stage and receive my diploma!  The end is in sight.

Cormac is also done with classes, but still has work to do on his thesis.  He scheduled a defense date so, in a way, the end is in sight for him, too!  These next couple of months will be stressful for him, moving away from campus and commuting back for a couple of meetings, while doing a little bit of job hunting on the side.  Yikes!

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One thought on “The Letter, and the End.

  1. Hi Lauren. I’m Carla, of Quilts Beyond Borders, and I’ve been following your blog for the last couple of weeks. I’m so excited for you! I’m very familiar with the Foreign Service, as my dad was assigned to Ethiopia over 55 years ago, as their Director of the National Airline Training Project, to help Ethiopia with the development of their airline, Ethiopian Airlines. I was a toddler at the time, so I grew up in Ethiopia, not returning to the US until I was almost 12.

    This will be such a wonderful adventure for you and Cormac! And if you have children while you’re on assignment, it will be an amazing start for your kids. Children raised in countries other than their passport countries are now known as “Third Culture Kids.” We have distinctive characteristics, which make it challenging to fit into the “homes” to which we return when our parents return to the States, but the experiences of our childhoods color our lives in wonderful ways. If you have children while on assignment I highly recommend that you read up on, “Third Culture Kids”, so you can ease your children’s transitions when you return to the States, or so that you’ll at least understand what’s going on when they make the life choices they make!

    I know you’ve seen on our Quilts Beyond Borders blog (I think you “liked” us or something, which led me to your blog!) and you might be interested in a few words I wrote about my dad and how he influenced me as a young Foreign Service employee.

    http://quiltsbeyondborders.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/musings-on-fathers-day/

    Good luck with your adventures, and congratulations! I’m sure you and Cormac have many wonderful contributions to make as you go forth!

    Regards,
    Carla

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