So I got a little busy last night but here is my big thing to discuss:
DH applied for a 2 year post in Luxembourg! It is not terribly realistic that he will get it, or even want it once all the details are sorted out if he were to be offered the job BUT the really exciting aspects of this are:
1.) I had no idea he was eligible to apply for international posts. Apparently he totally is. More opportunities like this will potentially come up in the future.
2.) DH has never had to rate his French proficiency on an application before, so in many ways the language was not real. He had to do that for the first time so I hope that he may be interested in improving in the future to be more competitive for listings like this.
3.) Whether or not this or any future application works out, it lets me know that DH takes my crazy dreams seriously
Within 6 hours of filing the application, DH was starting to doubt he could make the kids move internationally. He was worried it would be too hard on them not to speak the language and not to have friends (which I understand! DS1 is a complete extrovert). I think actually it is a great time and that much later we might really have the problem of not being able to uproot kids at certain ages (which will last a really long time because we have a nearly infinite number of children). We have made hard choices and sacrificed a lot to live and raise the kids in an area we believe is really healthy for them, in a community we believe holds values we want our children to understand and value as well. IF we went for 2 years though, we wouldn't be selling the house or anything. It would definitely be a one time experience. I don't want to permanently live abroad.
Since we homeschool, we could pack up fairly easily. If there were a suitable school available, I could put the kids into school for language learning purposes but we wouldn't be restricted to that if it didn't work out for another reason. We could spend our time DAY TRIPPING into other European countries. Can you imagine that? I guess those of you who live or have lived in Europe might be a little spoiled but it takes me 14 hours of driving to leave my STATE.
Ahh so nice to day dream