So, we have been back for 4 months now, figured it was time for an update on where we are and what’s going on.
Chris is back in UK, he went back at the beginning of November. He moved into a tiny house (as I call it, he says it’s a shed !!!) in Hastings. After lounging around for a few weeks, he got himself a job as Groundsman for a Country Estate, Leyswood House in East Sussex. He is slowly restoring the grounds to their former glory. Chris actually grew up here, so is familiar with the property and the gardens.
I am still in TN USA and also had a few weeks of lounging around (not really, but the job I was promised did not come to fruition). But I now work for CBWW as office manager for a brand-new office located at Northshore and Pellissippi. It has been fun building up an office from the ground, doing everything from ordering paperclips to recruiting agents. In 2 weeks we have our official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! Adam is the broker of the new office, he was back-up broker at the Bearden office, we get on very well, which is fortunate as most of the time, right now, it is just the two of us in the office. This office is a new concept for CBWW, it will have agents assigned to this office, but no individual office space. There are 10 offices/conference rooms that any CBWW agent can come in use for meetings, work, printing etc. It is designed for the mobile agent.
The kids and I did go back to the UK for Christmas and New Year. We had a great time catching up with Family. I think it was the first time since 2008 that my mum had all the grandchildren, children and spouses together ! Naturally she got very emotional !
Living 4000 miles apart is hard, especially after travelling together for 6 months and getting married. But the Green card application is in, still awaiting assignment to an officer ???(Immigration received it in November) So we just have to be patient and hope it takes months rather than years!
And for those that know me, hate politics, but events over the past year have propelled me forward to act and RESIST !!!!
In family news, I have had both of my kids move back home, new jobs etc. So it was a bit of a squash at one point. Rebecca and Jewelia were in the basement and Steve upstairs . But now they are all moving out, having found apartments of their own. Just need to clear my garage of all their “stuff” now! Rebecca has found a job she adores, teaching assistant for special needs children. We never thought she would go into teaching, but the world works in mysterious ways. Stephen is working for a logistics company in Knoxville and loves it. It is so satisfying when your children are happy in their work.
Chris’ two are both still in Crowborough. Although Steph will be off to France in May once again. She goes over every summer to work for Euro camp. Matt is still climbing and travelling. Chris is planning on coming over for the summer starting in May, so if anyone knows of a cheap way to ship belongings and a dog over, please let us know !
Love and Peace
Sam and Chris xxxxx