This sabbatical time has meant a great deal to us. We created our dream house, took time to unwind from ministry, played lots of golf, visited Doug's family, caught up with friends who have come to see us, talked on the phone with US friends a lot, nurtured a closer relationship with my cousin and his wife, enjoyed water aerobics, indulged in many of our favorite foods, grilled almost every day, took Tanner for rides in the golf cart (which he loved btw), drove our car and watched a lot of TV! It's been a lifestyle that has been unlike any other season in our lives. And we've been grateful for it but we are ready for this new and welcome challenge that the American International Church in London will bring to our lives.
So we leave tomorrow! Many have asked about Tanner and traveling to England. England does have strict rules concerning the importation of animals but you can avoid quarantine if you have the right paperwork, which we do. Tanner is also equipped with his own passport and because he's registered in the European Union, bringing him in will be much easier.
|It says: European Union Sweden, Passport for pet|
We look forward to using public transportation, taking Tanner to Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill, visiting the local pub, going to the theater, learning to look the other way when crossing the street, drinking English tea, working on a proper British accent (something I've long wanted to master), wandering around one of the most fantastic cities in the world, knowing the language, most of the time, riding red double decker busses, and running into the royal family. Most of all, I am super excited to re-connect with so many in this church with whom I have enjoyed a connection, working with the associate pastor, a fantastic and talented young woman whom we have known through the International church association, and being back in the fellowship of an International church. It's in our blood. There's no denying that.
So while we feel like we're leaving our home here which we love, returning to Europe definitely feels like a bit of a homecoming as well. Because we became Swedish citizens a couple of years ago, we can live and work anywhere in the European Union without a visa or entrance papers.
|All the passports we'll be traveling with!|