Yep, you heard it right. In an unexpected turn of events, we’ll be moving again in less than two weeks!
This time, instead of moving a few thousand miles to another continent, we’re just moving about 6 miles down the road. Toward the end of October, Mrs. DTG received a call from the base housing office offering us a house on base. It was a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom in a coveted section of base housing.
The catch, we had to make our decision to accept or reject the offer within 24 hours! With nothing to lose, we decided to look at the house and it really blew us away. It felt so spacious and open! This could be partially due to living in a British house the last 15 months where all the spaces are very narrow, cramped, and slightly awkward. And the storage space – there were actually cabinets in the bathrooms!
Best yet, the house is about 100 yards from our two younger kids’ elementary school and a 3-minute bike ride from our oldest’s school. This will save them loads of time over riding the bus to and from school like they currently do. Not to mention, Mrs. DTG will be less than a mile from her clinic and I’ll be even closer to my teaching job.
Now don’t get me wrong, we really enjoyed living off base for the first part of our tour and felt like we built connections in the local community, especially with me playing for the local rugby club and our daughter attending British Reception (similar to US kindergarten, but for pre-K age kids) last year.
Still, after weighing all the pros and cons, we felt being on base would make our lives a lot easier and decided to accept their offer. During the first week of December, we’ll be making our 5th move in the last 12 years. Fortunately, this has given us a lot of practice and we’re getting good at it!
But first, we’re off to Paris for Thanksgiving! We’ve been traveling like crazy the last few months and will be sharing some of our adventures soon.