flag day take two

Loyal readers of this blog (all three or four of you) may recall that we blogged incessantly about my second tour bidding last summer, and then when assignments came out, silence. When we finally posted it was to tell you that the news was not what we’d hoped.

Now, you may have noticed something similar happening — lots of blogging about Andy starting A100 and our bidding preference. And then, Flag Day came and went, and nothing from us here on the blog.

But fear not, dear readers. Our silence is not because we got bad news. It’s simply because being a geographically separated tandem couple is a little more challenging than either of us bargained for. Plus, immediately from Flag Day Andy headed off to the airport to meet Flynn and me in London for a long weekend. (More about that to come.)

So, we’ve been a little busy.

My apologies that this announcement is over a week overdue, but let me finally share with you our good news. On Flag Day Andy received…

Yes, that’s a DC flag. Andy will be doing a one-year management job in Foggy Bottom. And we’re thrilled.

It’s funny how time changes things. When I was bidding we were so excited about being scattered off to some exotic faraway place. We really would have been fine with going anywhere… except DC. I mean, who joins the Foreign Service to be posted in DC? Or so we thought then.

But after two years abroad we actually welcome some time in the land of Targets and Trader Joe’s and toddler playgroups. More importantly, Andy accepting a one-year DC job is our best bet for keeping our family together in the long run.

What happens next?

Well, he starts work on Monday. In the meantime, Flynn and I will stay in Benin through the summer to finish my tour. Then I’ll work in DC for a little while before we head off somewhere new in early 2014. My current onward assignment will be cancelled, and sometime in the fairly near future we’ll be bidding on our next post together off of a new list.

Clearly there are still some hurdles to clear in getting us posted together, but this is a big step in the right direction.

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8 Responses to flag day take two

  1. Chris Casey says:

    Congrats guys! No language training needed either (bonus). Just sworn in with the 128th Specialist group and I kept wondering if I would bump into Andy somewhere, but no to be- ah well! Enjoy the post!

  2. Tiffany says:

    Great news! I can only imagine the difficulties of tandem life, but I wish you guys all the best and am so happy that you’ll be together.

  3. STMemory says:

    YAY! I have to admit, I was checking your blog to see how things turned out. And without a post I was worried. But I’m so glad to hear you guys got good news. A 1 year DC post for me was the best way for us to link up for our second tour. Yes, you’ll still be apart for a while, but in the long run, this is great news! Congratulations.

  4. Natasha says:

    Great news! Congratulations again. We’ll have to do another FS blogger get together in DC!

  5. Candace says:

    Good news all around. Doug and I have been living/working apart (but not as far apart as Benin and D.C.) for almost 6 years, so I know that the separation isn’t easy, but there’s light at the end. We’re starting to see the light also, either retirement and a part-time job, or just retirement. Either is good.

  6. Lynne says:

    I have been checking your blog incessantly waiting for the flag day story. I am soooo glad things worked out the way you wanted them to! Now you (I guess, Andy really as he’s there) get the fun of finding a place to live with daycare for Finn available on “DC-short-notice” a.k.a. not a year in advance. I’ll be looking forward to that post too!

  7. Amanda says:

    Phew! I am so relieved the Department did right by you guys– it would not bode well for any of us if the tandem program was falling apart (if it was ever together in the first place, I don’t have enough experience to know!)

  8. Daniela says:

    So relieved you were able to find a solution that will let you be together, though that means you will have to be apart for the next several months.

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