Expat Life

It’s Official: We’re Moving to London

It's Official: We're Moving To London!

It’s been since October of last year that I’ve written regularly on this blog. In fact, a few months ago I almost deleted the whole thing because I was so overwhelmed, constantly trying to keep track of everything we did so that I’d have a record of it somewhere. I needed the time away to remind myself that it’s okay to leave the camera at home once in awhile and just enjoy the moment even if I won’t remember it later. So that’s what I’ve been doing these past few months. That, and preparing for one heck of a life change.

We found out last month that we will be moving to London in May! We’ve known for some time now that a foreign exchange was possible. In early December, Cory took a business trip to London to help out with some of their accounting issues. When he returned home, he casually mentioned to his boss that they could really use his help over there on a more permanent basis. That got the ball rolling and for two months we would get a little information here and a little information there, but nothing absolute. It was a trying couple of months, not knowing where we would be living come summer. We’d already had an expat opportunity fall through for Tokyo back in September, so we were really trying not to get our hopes up on this one. Then on February 1st we finally got a decision from Cory’s boss – we were in!

The days that followed the news seem so scrambled in my memory. (Exactly the reason I feel the need to blog everything. My hippocampus must be bird-sized!) We were so busy during those first two weeks getting started on paperwork for our visas, researching schools and flats in London, and most importantly, telling our friends and family about the move. This part was particularly fun for me. The first person I told was my friend Andrea. We had gone to get tea on a Sunday afternoon and I just couldn’t hold the news in any longer. Her reaction was priceless – the initial shock, then the excitement for us, quickly followed by the realization that we wouldn’t be able to run and hang out together anymore. The news is bittersweet for us and for our friends. It’s exciting, of course, especially since it’s such a big move, but it also means we won’t be seeing each other for a number of years and there are many important life events that will happen in that time that we won’t get to be present for.

However, right now, whatever feelings I have of excitement and early onset homesickness are being overshadowed by my ever-present friend, anxiety, because there is So. Much. To. Do. I have been trying to compartmentalize as best I can and focus right now on what we need to get done here in Tennessee before the move. The biggest of these is selling the house. On Thursday last week, our realtor came out to the house to assess its worth and discuss the process with me. By Friday afternoon, a professional photographer had already been out to the house to get photos and video for our listing and there was a for sale sign in our front yard. That is the day I remember it feeling real, that we were actually moving to London.

It’s now been a week since our house was listed for sale and we’ve had five official showings, one unofficial showing (when a curious buyer without an agent stopped and asked us if they could see the house), a prospective buyer scheduled for tomorrow and an Open House on Sunday. I have never made my bed and tidied up the bathrooms so often as I have this past week. I know that showings do not equal offers, but I am hopeful that in the coming weeks the right person will come our way looking for a home in the country on acreage. The other two homes we’ve owned both sold in two weeks, so I’m crossing my fingers we experience the same luck with this one. The bar is set high, I know.

Now that something so monumental is happening in our lives, I am going to try my best to pick up the old blogging hobby where I left off. It will probably be sporadic over the next two months, but once we are officially overseas, I’m hoping this will be a place I can come and write about our new life and our travels without feeling the pressure I did last time. Goodness knows these next three years are going to be ones I’ll never want to forget!

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  • Rachel @ MyNaturallyFrugalFamily
    March 15, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I am so sorry to see your house for sale after you spent a year remodeling…but alas I suppose it would be foolish to keep it while you are away for three years :)

  • Shaylynn
    March 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    All day long I have had this blog of yours up, all day long. I’ve talking to you via-email, instagram etc.. many times.

    but now, I actually had the time to read this. Girl, what an adventure, I’m so excited for you, minorly jealous but mostly just excited. Oh the adventure.

  • Jo
    March 14, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Hope you get your house sold in no time … can’t wait for you to move closer!

  • Emmymom
    March 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Have read this post a few times but kept getting pulled away by kids when I was ready to comment.

    Fingers crossed that it will sell quickly and yes yes blog regularly or as regularly as you want– I miss your blog!!

  • Jenn Bowers
    March 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Wow WEE…girlie, I’m excited for you!!!

  • Kerry
    March 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    My beautiful friend Sarah Kate, wow oh wow!! I am so excited, shocked and surprised by your news of an international move but I am so very happy for you too!! I don’t know how you can sell that gorgeous home of yours after all your renovations but I know that when you follow your heart it can only lead to wonderful things :) And I am positive so many great things are in store for you!! I have missed you and can’t wait to follow along on this next exciting chapter in your life!!! (Hope you like the cold lol) Good luck with the sale of your home! I have been meaning to email you since you told me of your big move but life got in the way and I got slack with my blogging and emails for a while there, sorry.

    So happy you are back!! xo

  • Mrs. Match
    March 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Ahhhh, I’m so excited to have you back in bloggy land. Wow, I’m overwhelmed for you. But I know you can handle this. If you can survive a live in remodel, you can do anything! ;-) Plus just think of all the adventures you will have!

    If I could buy your house and we could move…oh man we would in a HEARTBEAT. I want chickens and land, not to mention we have the same design tastes. ;-) Good luck with everything!!

  • Janette Johanson
    March 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Oh how I have missed your writing and seeing your face and Lexie too!! I am so excited to be on the journey with you and hear about England– such an incredible experience and now I feel much better about this process. hah.. I need at least 3 ways to reach you and now this completes it.
    xoxox, love you lots!

  • Jessica McCoy
    March 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I’m so glad that you are sharing your journey on this new adventure with us through you blog. Congratulations on the great opportunity! Hopefully things will go quickly with the house in TN and things won’t be too crazy in the move. I can’t wait to see all of your pictures from London! Are y’all buying a house/flat there or just renting? Do you know people there that are helping you find a place? Or just doing everything online? This stuff is so interesting to me. I’ve always thought it would be so great to just pick up and move somewhere far away and go on a great adventure … but it’s a pretty scary! I’m going to live my adventure through you. :)

  • Marie
    March 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Wow Sarah, talk about a big change!!! I am so excited for you all, I think it’s such a fantastic opportunity, and knowing it’s not permanant must ease the anxiety of leaving your family. I love the simplicity of your new blog design, just love it. I can’t wait to follow along as you move in to your new home. I want to hear about Lexi’s new school, your new friends, the food, everything! I can’t wait.

    As for blogging, it’s not an all or nothing, it’s here a little, there a little, when it’s convenient, don’t get down on it, there are no rules, remember that :)

  • Macey
    March 12, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I can’t wait to follow with your adventure!! Man, so fun!!!

  • Autumn @ The Spirited Violet
    March 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM


    I don’t know how this happened, but your post just popped up in my news feed and I didn’t recognize the name because it popped up under “tea for three.” I was like “who is that?” and when I clicked it totally made sense. I’m happy your back and being able to read your adventure (I scrolled back and read all of the posts I haven’t yet). This is going to be so different from your country experience! It’s crazy I’ve enjoyed so much of your posts, but didn’t know what a world traveler you have been! What an interesting lady you are.

  • Nicole
    March 12, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    I know I’ve already commented twice on other posts, emailed, texted, whatever…but CONGRATS! I am so excited for your new adventure! I REALLY hope you pick up an accent while you’re there ;)

  • Erin P
    March 12, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    So excited for you and SUPER happy that you are back, bloggy friend! :) Looking forward to following all the adventures you’re about to have!

  • Connie Weiss
    March 12, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I’m so excited for you guys!! Can’t wait to follow along!

  • Stacie Stamper
    March 12, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    So glad that you are back! And with such exciting news. Looking forward to seeing London and life through your eyes.

  • Anna Catherine
    March 12, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad you are back to blogging! Can’t wait to read about the adventure in London!