Thursday, December 11, 2008

We are on the move again. This will make our 5th move in 4 1/2 years.(NC, IN, MS, IL and now TN)
We just left our beautiful home and wonderful friends in Mapleton, IL for our next adventure in Chattanooga, TN!
We are excited to be in the south again and this city is absolutely beautiful! We truly miss everyone we have grown to love in each of our past locations and spend a lot of time singing "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold!" to try and help us gear up for yet again, a new location.
Each of you are golden friends of ours and we are eternally grateful for your acceptance, friendship, service, love and all of the priceless memories we have taken with us.
We miss you and find comfort in the knowledge that we will one day be together again, if not in this life then the life to come. We are still holding out for more visits in this life. That said you are welcome in our home anytime your in the neighborhood and we hope to be in your neighborhood sooner then later!

We have been living in temporary housing since Dec. 1st and will be here till approx. Feb. 1st when we will move to Birr, Switzerland. We will live in Switzerland till Sept. 15th, 2009. All of our belongings are in storage and will be there till we return to Chattanooga and find a home to purchase next fall. So that means after we return in Sept. it will be back to temp. housing until we find that HOME, then hopefully our final move into it.(That will make 8 moves in 5 1/2 years, but whose counting. J/K)

We are very excited about spending time in Europe and are attempting to learn French via Rosetta Stone. We hope to visit Brandyn's cousin in Germany, my ancestors homeland in Croatia (My grandmother was full Croatian). Get back to see friends in Romania(Where Brandyn served his mission '97-'99) and then see some of the other surrounding countries. It is an amazing opportunity and we feel extremely blessed!

This has all come about because a 'headhunter' called Brandyn in September and offered him a position with a French Nuclear Power Company, Alstom. As you know Brandyn has worked for Caterpillar since graduating BYU in '04. Caterpillar offered us many opportunities and Brandyn gained much from his almost 5yrs experience with them. We feel as though this new opportunity is a gift and were not sure yet if the lord is giving it to us for past behavior or because he has need of us in these new places. Probably both but even more so it is to keep me stirred up in remembrance of the Lord and how much more I have to learn, grow and stretch to fulfill my mission here on earth. My life is still tremendously easier then my pioneer ancestors, who were driven from their homes leaving behind their belongings and sometimes family members over and over again.

Brandyn loves his new position and is anxious for the many opportunities ahead of him in the company. He is an amazing husband and father. He is tireless at providing for us. We are happy to support him and feel as though this change is inspired.

We hope to hear from you soon and will keep you posted.

Feel free to email me.


Sarah said...

YAY! Thank you for the email! I am so glad to be able to ad your blog to my links!

You are a serious trooper being able to pick up and move around like that. I don't know if I'd be able to do it.

I'm excited for the opportunity to keep in touch with you guys through blogging! It's a wonderful thing!

Maria said...

hi jen, cute family.
so this is my link. keep in touch