On the go…

Sitting in my unusually quiet living room I feel like I’m in a serene little capsule between chapters of my life.  Dave has been away in Nicaragua for the last 6 weeks on an elaborate school trip of his own design (he’s brilliant, everyone should want him for a teacher…check it out here).  He arrives home tomorrow night.  All the girls are away tonight and I’m home alone.  One last night alone and quiet before the busyness starts and the packing and planning and preparing begin for our next adventure.  This blog is my way of keeping you up to date on our travels should you care to follow along. 

Here’s the story of how this next chapter of our lives began.

As I recall the sequence of events they go like this: we were putting up Christmas decorations and discussing future possibilities.  Since our 14 months living in Central America we’ve always wanted to do another stint overseas and it was starting to feel like this had been put on hold for far too long.  Dave’s first degree is in Teaching English As A Second Language and travel has always been part of the plan.  But sometimes life takes unexpected turns.  We have no regrets about those turns (without them we wouldn’t know a lot of you!) but maybe it was time to revisit the idea of teaching overseas. 

About 10 years ago Dave applied for a teaching position in Dubai.  In order to move a family overseas it had to be a job that paid well or it just didn’t make sense.  Dubai was offering great salaries and wonderful perks for families – probably the best in the world for that time.  Dave was fresh out of teacher’s college and these jobs were hiring only experienced teachers so he wasn’t able to land a one at that time.  We reopened the idea now.  Honour (our youngest daughter) is in grade 9 now, maybe when she is in grade 11 or 12 or when she is off to university, maybe that would be a good time.  We’d look into it.

One day over the Christmas holidays Dave came through the front door and said “I’ve been thinking”  I said “so have I”.  This little scenario has happened almost exactly like this a couple of times in our married life and I think we both felt something was about to shift.  “What are you thinking?” Dave asked, “I’m thinking we should try for this September”… “me too.”  The penny dropped.

What about Honour? That was the first question we both had.  Honour has had a couple of difficult years at school and this year, grade 9, was proving to be the best year ever.  She LOVED school! She loved her friends, she was involved in everything humanly possible and (believe it or not) the weekends were too long, she wanted to go back to school on Mondays.  We did not take this lightly and we were concerned about her and how she would feel about the idea of this move.

So we told her what we were thinking and asked what she thought.  To our astonishment she said “Yes! Let’s do it! Let’s go see the world!” ….what?  We couldn’t have been more surprised. 

So Dave started the job hunting process immediately.  And thank goodness! If we would have sat on this idea for 2 weeks none of this would actually be happening.  It’s a great story of incredible timing.

A week or so later as we took the Christmas decorations down I heard myself saying “let’s put a few of the special ones in a separate container in case we find ourselves in Dubai next Christmas…or whereever.”

To be continued….


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20 responses to “On the go…

  1. Yvonne

    Can’t wait to visit the world of Quatar with you. God Bless you and your family as you enjoy this wonderful experience. Yvonne

  2. Snip

    Such mixed feelings… excited and a bit jealous. Certainly going to miss knowing you’re in town, tho in truth *this* has been the interface of our relationship anyhow (so that missing is kinda BS, eh?)

    Gotta follow the dream, for sure. Life is shockingly short…

  3. We are excited for this adventure you are about to embark on! When circumstances present themselves and we make decisions based on the circumstances, we realize that when everything falls into place so easily it wasn’t your plan to begin with, but God’s! I no longer even believe in coincidence but have come to realize they are really God’s small miracles…so my comment is this “Let your light shine in Dubai” just as you shine everywhere else you go. Keep sending us your reports and I promise to reply.

    • Thanks Aunt Pauline. Stay tuned for the next post, because the twist is that we aimed at Dubai – but that’s not where we’re going! We’re going to Qatar. Thanks for following.

  4. Shan

    What a great adventure – specially for Honore. Our Pastor’s daughter and her husband have been there for a couple of years (had their first baby there) and he had posted a site from his duaghter that was recruiting teachers for their school. (Job openings [pdf this time] at Qatar Canadian School for this coming Fall. Pass it along to any teachers you know looking for work. An Ontario Teacher’s Certificate should be sufficient.The closing date is May 5, to move to Qatar in late August to begin Sept. 4. Our oldest daughter and her family live and teach in Doha http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5766917/Teaching%20Jobs%20at%20Qatar%20Canadian%20School.pdf

    I am copying it here wondering if it is where you’re heading.Looking forward to hearing more – sso exciting. God bless.

  5. Jola

    What an amazing story! I too believe nothing happens by coincidence when we live with our hearts and ears open. This will be yet another exciting chapter in your lives where you will have the opportunity to be growing and expanding in mind and soul and where undoubtedly your lives will touch many others and the rippling effect will be felt all around. I’m thrilled that you’ve started this blog allowing us to follow along on your journey so that I may learn a little about life in Qatar and be able to stay in touch with some of the most wonderful people in my life. I’ll be honest, I will miss you ! but wish you all the most wonderful chapter of your lives yet!

  6. Lyn Elmes

    Tracie, I so admire you and your special way with words and thoughts. You are so much fun and always seem so up and happy. What an inspiration you are to me.
    I believe that you are destined for a wonderful, exciting life in Quatar.

  7. Janice

    Hi Tracie!
    Thank you so much for creating this blog!! I love the way you write and am so very happy that you’re willing to take us all along with you to share in your great adventure. I love you all and wish you all the best!

  8. Tracie The ‘intrepid writer’ – this is what you are meant to do and I love how things are lining up for you, synchronistically. This is how you know it’s the right thing to do and that you are being ‘led.’

    I wish there’d been more time to develop our growing friendship that began with an impression of your great integrity at an ‘Open House’ event in Old Glenridge. It took us 3 years to find our way here, with your help and are grateful for your patience. Terry and I are always up for an adventure, as life is for living out loud, so you know we are excited for you, Dave and Honour.
    I will look forward to your eloquent updates with great anticipation…

    Best… Linda

  9. I can hardly wait to come and visit!! What a fabulous adventure for you all! and for all of us as we follow your blog…! Terri

  10. Joanne Lysiak

    Well, this is my first blog ever. Just wanted to say good-bye and good luck on this adventure of a lifetime. I’ll be following your stories…

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