We have been waiting for these news for a long time…
Karl first took his written test for the Foreign Services with the State Department last year, in June. He passed all steps and got invited for his orals later in the year. He passed.
Then it was onto medical and security clearance. Earlier this year we heard he was cleared for all and put on the registry. He told them to be put in the “do not call” list until December this year. (When you start you go into training, and of course they frown upon you taking 3.5 weeks off during training even if it is for your own wedding and honeymoon.)
He was high up on the list, but there’s still no guarantees. We were both hoping he would get invited for the January 3rd class, and hoping we would hear something before we left for the wedding in November.
Two days ago, he got his official offer, which he accepted! So as of January 3rd, we’ll be a State Department family.
The first question I get is “So you’ll be moving out of the country?” — well, yes. We won’t know until February where we are going (please let it be a warm, safe and interesting country!) and when are we leaving. It can be pretty much anywhere in the world (yes, even Brazil, which would be AWESOME), but it will likely a place that doesn’t speak English, since he is supposed to be learning a new language on his first 4 years with State (he doesn’t speak any other languages now).
I will probably be at least another year before we leave DC.
This is very happy news and we’re excited! As much as I like DC, I am ready to see new places (I am a military brat after all, and though I didn’t move to many places, I grew up not staying too long in one place and I’ve been in DC for 6.5 years already!), I’m also excited at the prospect of learning a new language, specially if our finances allow and I can learn it with Karl. It’s like a life of adventures!
I know it won’t all be easy, and at times it will be very hard. As much as I loved every single place I have ever lived in, I also remember how hard it was each time we had to leave a place; and with the State Department, regardless of how much you love your new home, you always know your stay there is temporary.
But what better way to see the world?