This is one of my favorite spaces in our home. The canvases are little reminders of our life and adventures in Abu Dhabi. Colorful jewelry in a souk. Lanterns in a mosque in Muscat, Oman. Hiking the dunes in the Liwa Oasis. The print, a perfect caption for our two years spent in the Middle East. 
It's funny. Pete and I are not the most adventurous folks. We are planners. We prefer itineraries over make-it-up-as-you-go trips. We are homebodies. Yet we packed up our little studio apartment just months after getting married, and moved thousands of miles away to a part of the world that we knew little about. It was exhilarating. And, it was terrifying. We took full advantage of this new place and new life, though. Traveling all over the UAE, and taking trips to Oman and Jordan. We met wonderful people, and made some lifelong friends. The experience brought us closer than ever.
It's hard to believe that less than a year ago we were still living that expat life. When we left Abu Dhabi, I was 6 months pregnant. Now, we have an almost six month old baby girl. Life has changed in the most beautiful way. When we arrived back in the States, we knew that in two years' time we would be moving yet again. Packing up our life once more. It's what we signed up for when Pete took a job with the State Department. We looked forward to that next adventure. But it felt eons away. 
Well, friends, we recently found out just where this next adventure will be taking us. And, I am so excited to finally share with you all that we will be moving to London next summer! We are thrilled! This time around will be very different. I mean London couldn't be more different, both geographically and culturally, than Abu Dhabi. Not to mention we will be heading there with a toddler in tow. Hello! Next summer feels so far off, but I know it will be here before we know it. We cannot wait!



  1. Well that baby can't leave without getting to know her aunt Joan and Uncle Paul, so we have to figure out a day that is good for you for me to come by!! then I can visit with her with her mommy there and if we do that on a regular basis, she will get to know me and you guys can go out again! :)
    and good luck in London!

  2. holy smokes erin! haven't been able to do much blog reading lately. 1. so cool that you guys lived in abu dahbi (sp?) and second what a HUGE deal that you're moving to london. i'm a little jealous. i've always wanted to live in europe for a stint. josephine is going to be such a cool little lady. here's hoping she picks up that accent!! so awesome. good luck with the sleep training. we have trouble with naps around here too but i'll take a full night's sleep any day. right? lots of love to you guys. have a great weekend!

  3. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque! My goodness, I totally recognized your photo. That mosque and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi are two of my favorites, though they're so different that it's for entirely different reasons. I loved the wood mixed in with the usual materials that are used at Sultan Qaboos GM; I just haven't seen that mix in another mosque and it seemed perfect and beautiful in (relatively) small but grand mosque. At Sheikh Zayed GM I loved the majestic presence of the stark white mosque that felt all consuming.

    Anyhow, I lived in Muscat from 2010-2012 and now I live in...
    Did you guess London? AND, in the process of applying to State. So, we have a couple coincidences in common.


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