I realize that my blog has been fairly detail-less about our current situation and what the Thorleys are all about these days. Also, it's been detail-less about my life in general for a long time and I'm sorry about that.
So. I give you a sort of comprehensive update including past events, current situations and future tentative plans:
Ian and I are currently living in Bordeaux. It's more southern and practically on the western coast. We're about a four or five hour train ride from Paris, to give you a geographical knowledge of how we're, ya know, not in Paris. Ha.
Ian has an internship through the French Ministry of Education. He's a language assistant in a high school where he will be teaching English. In France, high schools are often more specialized than American high schools. Kids kind of figure out what their education and career paths will be in high school (like the pathways at Viewmont). The high school he's working at specializes in languages. It's a fairly prestigious high school in the area and although it's public education, students apply to get in.
And now I'll brag a lil' bit.
It's a big deal that Ian got this internship and got assigned to this specific school as well. He's the only applicant from Utah State and the U to have been accepted to teach and the internship itself is an incredible opportunity offered all over the US and in many other countries as well. (We even saw this exact position being advertised at the French Consulate in San Francisco.) Bordeaux was his first pick to be assigned to and he's working all of his hours at this specific school. There are plenty more details, but I'll just summarize and say that he is the cream of the crop in his position.
A few years ago, Ian served a mission in the Toulouse, France mission (now part of the Lyon mission). He never served directly in Bordeaux, but he had been here a few times for zone conferences and exchanges. I've really loved this part of our adventure so far...when we walked to the church for the first time, he kept saying, "This is just like my mission. But I'm holding hands with my companion." Ha. He's made the same walks that we've made and when we went to church on Sunday, he saw a few familiar faces. There's just something so wonderful about seeing Ian's fondness for France and French people and French culture.
When he got home, he went back to Utah State and he graduated this May with his degree in French. He found out about this position through a professor's recommendation and although the application process was lengthy and took a long time to process, he got the position. And now here we are!
One thing that must be said: I'm incredibly proud of Ian. Really. So much. He is talented and smart. But more than that, he's driven, motivated and passionate. He knows what he wants and he makes it happen. It's incredibly inspiring.
I hesitate to post what our future plans are because they are only plans and who knows what could happen and it makes me cringe to see declarations about this or that and my upcoming internship on the moon. But I'll post them anyway.
The plan for Ian is to go to grad school and get a doctorate degree in French and to teach at a university. Dr. Thorley. Pretty cool.
BUT. I have one year left at Utah State in my program (in case you didn't know, I'm a broadcast journalism major). I really love my program and I especially love my teachers there and the network I've created there, so when we've finished up our European adventure, we'll go back to Logan for me to finish. And then we'll go to grad school!!!
There are so many different things that could happen here though. What if Ian gets offered a killer job that's not in Logan? What if grad school happens sooner than planned? What if Ian gets offered a job here in Europe? What if I get a job pre-graduation? What if I get a killer job in Utah, but not where we want to go for grad school? What about our dog? When can we get our dog? Ian, we need to talk about when we're getting our dog?
There are lots of ifs, ands, and buts. Who knows what the future holds? But I am so confident in the unknown--and in Ian.
I haven't spoken much about our relationship or him on this blog, and eventually I'll get around to posting some of our history and how we become what we are because it was a funny process, but I have to say that I love him so much and more than I thought possible. And I have loved him for a long time.
People say not to have expectations, that lists are dangerous. And you'll only be let down. But Ian is everything I've ever wanted in a partner and I've been in love with that idea, and him, since I was a girl. He is everything to me and it feels so peaceful and yet so invigorating to be his something.
There's the stuff. There's what we are and what we're (mostly) all about at the current moment.
Until next time,
We've done some exploring thus far and the best part about these photos is that I took them when we were lost...
It's pretty here. Everything is old and quaint, like you'd expect Europe to be. And most areas are pretty clean and nice--something that I would never describe Paris as. And I appreciate that. Salt Lake is pristine clean and I guess you take that for granted when you move away.
But Bordeaux is lovely so far. There's so much to explore and I'm excited to see it.
JSYK. We've arrived in the great land of France and we're taking the next few days to settle into our new surroundings. The time zone change and the 14-hour flight have exhausted me completely, but luckily, the bakery is only down the street, so we're all okay.
We're living next door to Ian's workplace in a quieter area in Bordeaux, but only about a ten minute walk from downtown. Our apartment is glorious (hardwood floors!) and better than we could've imagined.
I'm not completely lost as far as the French goes, but I can...wait. What am I saying? I'm completely lost as far as French goes. I try to say "merci" and I halfway say "gracias." And I don't even know Spanish that well at all. This learning thing is going to be a long process. But I feel like I'll likely be driven to learn faster and better because it'll make me so mad to not know anything. Ha.
Most importantly, I've eaten the best goat cheese I've ever tasted.
There are the updates for now. I'll post more pictures soon.
After we were sealed, our close friends and family has a delicious lunch at Buca di Beppo in downtown Salt Lake. We chose Buca because it fit the party vibe of our wedding, it was decently priced, the food is served family style (tons of portions for EVERYBODY) and it also happens to be really, really delicious food (Ian happens to work there as well).
The name cards were cootie-catchers with dorky questions about Ian and I like our favorite Pokemon characters and the most important Parks and Recreation characters. We also had papers for our friends to write the most memorable things from the sealing (which I absolutely loved reading later). For thank yous, we made a mix CD of our favorite songs. Ian has made me many a mix CDs throughout our relationship, so it only seemed natural.
After eating our delicious feast, our dads, Skyler, the best man, and Lindsey, the best lady gave heartfelt, simple and touching toasts. I blubbered through some words, Ian was well-spoken and calm. We are each others opposites. Ha.
We left with a balloon send-off from cheering family and friends and then we were OUTTA THERE.
One more post left of our absolutely spectacular wedding video!!! I can't wait to share it.
What the celebrating was all about.
On June 1st, Ian and I were sealed--we became a family. Being sealed has given a whole new depth to my relationship with Ian. My perspective of eternity was widened and my sense of identity was strengthened. I know who I am because I am sealed to him. And I know what we can become.
To those whom this applies to, the day before Ian and I got married, we did a session of sealings in the morning and I would highly recommend doing the same thing. It eased my nerves and helped me to really soak up what was being said all which made my sealing comfortable, easy, and meaningful. There were a lot of decisions made throughout this wedding planning process, but this was one of the best I made.
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