Since we moved back to the US from Ireland in September (8 months ago!), we had no idea where our next step would take us. We were hoping to return to Dublin, or make a jump to England. Justin submitted about 45 applications for post-doctoral fellowships and lectureships in America and back in Europe. Completing these applications was a full time job in itself; each had to be specifically tailored to the position. And as the rejections started rolling in, he kept applying for new positions that cropped up. I'm sure many can relate to the stress of not knowing where you're going to be, or where the money will come from when it runs out. It takes a toll on a person, and a family!
But(!), the waiting and persistence has finally paid off. A couple of weeks ago Justin was called to interview for the position of Lecturer in Modern European History at Idaho State University. He got the job! The paperwork is signed and we'll be shipping off to Idaho Falls in mid-August. It's amazing the life that has been breathed into us since we've received this news. Only now do I realize how downtrodden we felt, and probably acted. I have to say, though, that through the 8 months I knew in my heart that something would work out. I got so used to the not knowing that the only time it bothered me was when someone pointed out how difficult it must be to be living in limbo-land.
With Justin going to Manhattan for a fellowship for the month of July, we've got our work cut out for us with this big move in just a couple of months. It will all be worth it! So looking forward to our next great adventure!