About two months ago, my recently laid-off husband (whom I will affectionately refer to as Siggy (the alias he selected for the blogosphere, short for “Significant Other”) admitted to applying for a job in Abu Dhabi. I knew he had been discussing Abu Dhabi back and forth with a friend of his who had recently started working there. Siggy admitted to it because he had received a letter informing him that they’d received his resume and wanted to arrange an interview.
My gut reaction was, “Why did you do this without talking to me first?” Siggy replied that he didn’t really expect anything to come of it. I must confess that my limited knowledge of the middle east conjured up visions of crowded and dusty streets full of anti-American militants and oppressed women in burkas. It didn’t sound very appealing at all. The next couple of nights I stayed up wayyyyy past my bedtime googling everything I could find about Abu Dhabi. I’m happy to say that my initial trepidations were calmed by what I found.
– A big, modern, new and cosmopolitan city
– A huge expat community with many Western businesses (one of which Siggy will be employed by)
– Lots of women’s groups that focus on networking and making new friends
– Not anything like the pictures of Arab Spring
– Last but not least, a big new LDS Stake Center (I’m a Mormon)
Needless to say, much more came of it – so much so that he’s been offered a job and now we are in the waiting game stage for the target date for him to move there. I have been praying it is after July 9th – the day our youngest son returns from a 2-year mission to Mexico. I’m thinking positively. Still, the waiting game is a little intense.
So why am I starting this blog? The number one reason will be so that I can share with family back home the adventures that we are experiencing and hopefully bridge some of those 8,000+ miles. Other reasons include putting out into the universe how one gets ready to make a big leap from the US to Abu Dhabi. I found plenty of bloggers who are already there, but not really anything about the process of getting there.
So this empty nester wife and mom, employee, college student, church volunteer and Nevada resident will be making some big changes in the months to come. Starting a blog for me is a way to “process the process”.