Well, my dad and I made it to Aberdeen and back. What a gorgeous city.
Armed with every kind of document we could think of (including a pretty humorously heavy-handed one from a friend in federal politics who confirmed that my father is who he says he is) to get through the red tape we needed none of it and breezed through airport security. We then had three days to land a home and ended up with the one you see below.
The people who put us up said they were concerned we may not be able to acquire a house in such a short time. It was truly a God-send. Literally a couple minutes walk from both my University and from our eldest boys' primary school, it will allow us the opportunity to live three years car free and to engross ourselves in student family life.
The strange story of how we came to acquire this home is a long one and I won't go into it here, but once again in my life I find myself at the other end of a strenuous and doubtful venture thankful for God's perpetually confounding mercy and mysteriously involving provision.