In May, Brian was offered an ex-patriate assignment in Moscow Russia as General Manager of Xango's Eastern European operations. We always thought an ex-pat assignment would be interesting, Russia wasn't exactly our first choice. But as we moved along in the process, we knew it was the right thing to do. Shaun was going into his senior year and turning 18 years old in September, so we wanted to have his support. We weren't going to go without him. Suprisingly, Shaun responded in the affirmative and said that he always felt our family would be doing something like this. Not surprisingly, Megan was all for it.
Shortly after we agreed to the assignment, Emily became engaged to be married on July 30th. We decided to rent our upstairs and make a full kitchen downstairs so that she and Brad could live there while we were away. We had a very busy summer preparing for a wedding, having a wedding, an open house in Arizona, remodeling, finding a renter and packing up. Our ground shipment was packed out on July 15th, our air shipment left on August 9th, and we moved to Russia on August 25th. Our original departure date was August 18th, but due to the fires and smoke in the Moscow area, we were delayed a week.
Although the summer was very busy, we were grateful for the opportunity to have the whole family together for a few months before we went our separate ways. Zac had just returned from his mission to Argentina at the end of March and would be moving to Provo to attend BYU. Emily and Brad Marsh would live in our basement while Emily attended BYU and Brad attended UofU. We're glad to have them there to manage things for us and keep us updated on the happenings of the ward, neighborhood and extended family.
We hope you enjoy coming along and sharing a portion of our journey and our new life here in Russia!