It's been a while - far too long in fact since I last sat down in front of the computer and shared my thoughts. It's partly due to laziness and partly due to working pretty hard - I'm rarely home before 7 these days - may not seem so bad but I've been used to 8 - 4 for the last 6 years. I'm amazed at how many people keep coming back - thank you for your support. Mainly however my silence has been due to deciding how to share our big news.
For the last 8 months or so, I've undergone interviews (with and without Mrs G) psychometric testing, selection work shops, and session after session, week by week of a pre-course.
The upshot of it all however has been worth it - in August, Mrs G and I will, all things being equal, be going on Shlichut for 2 - 3 years. It couldn't have come at a better time - things haven't been so great at work for me, Mrs G is finishing up her degree and the pitter patter of little Gs has not been heard yet (although I suspect that my mother in law won't let us back in the country without at least one addition!)
The feelings have been mixed however; we're at a good place in life with lots of friends around including G Junior and his Mrs G who made Aliyah not long ago. We are active in our shul and Mrs G has been beating back job offers for next year - in short however, there is never going to be a perfect time to take up an overseas posting and this is about as close to it as we can get.
I've just come back from meeting with the person who I'll be taking over from and liked what I saw in terms of the city and community and the work that he's done - now it will be up to me to build on it - I have certain advantages which he lacked - particularly being able to speak a mother tongue English - the BBC accent is a bonus when dealing with Americans - it sounds so correct.
I wouldn't want to leave Israel for any other reason than Shlichut - I see it as a mission and hopefully I'll succeed in the targets that I'm setting myself. We'll both have family close by, including the Grandmothers that I inherited when we got married - it will be a great chance to get to know them whilst experiencing a whole new lifestyle.
So that's our news - and now that I've spoken, regular blogging can resume.