Saturday, August 08, 2009

There and Back Again

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.


Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Congratulations. The house looks like a fun place to grow up. For some reason I thought of Tintin and Wes Anderson when I saw the picture.

"three years car-free"


Happiness is so much easier to attain/maintain when you can walk almost everywhere you want to go. In my experience.

Colin Toffelmire said...

Congrats! And I echo Matt's sentiments on walking. Walking is just better.

jon said...

THanks guys. I look forward to being able to truly and fully express my hatred for cars for a few years without having to qualify it with some comments about "necessary evil".

ErinOrtlund said...

Fabulous news! It looks great! You will love being car free!

Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic!
Whenever I see pictures of the world "over there", I find it hard to believe that someone could move there from here and ever want to transition back. I know that in part it's just the romantic appeal of "anywhere but here", but seriously - it looks amazing! I'm excited for the adventure that awaits you and your family.
When do you leave, by the way? I'll pop in for a coffee if you've got a free hour at the office.

Eric said...

That's great, Jon, but not surprising! Your adventure is beginning. Now go hike Mt. Scolty in Banchory for me!