Remember us? :)
We can’t believe it’s been almost 3 months since we’ve posted anything. Life has been busy, and we’d like to share some of what’s been going on with us.
About 7 months ago, I (Mandy) relocated with my family to Sheffield. My husband took a job at the University here, I started a new job, our son started a new nursery, and we’ve been settling and getting to know our new community. It’s a lot of ‘new’ that we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. But, as with any major move, starting over takes time. More than I remembered.
In the next couple of months, I (MC) am about to leave Oxford to head back to the USA. With another baby on the way in a month, a husband hurrying to wrap up his thesis here at Oxford and then starting a new job, and settling into a new community back in the US, we are about to embark on a season of immense change as well.
We’ve been relatively silent over the past three months, pondering what to do with the blog. I (Mandy) have especially felt this, as I am in every sense completely disconnected from graduate life. It is no longer part of my everyday life. It’s weird to write that. M.C. is about to head in that direction as well.
For us, the graduate journey chapter has and is closing. It makes it difficult for us to keep a pulse on graduate life and how we can be encouraging to other graduate wives…
So……where does that leave The Graduate Wife?
We’ve spent quite a lot of time discussing this over the past three months. Talking about you, our readers, who have encouraged and formed our time in graduate school with your stories and support. We’ve both gone back and read almost every piece this blog has published over the past three years. The more and more we read, the more we kept thinking, “This can’t stop.” Just when we think it might be time to hang up the ‘blogger’ titles, we get another email from another graduate wife to say, “I am so glad I found this blog….I can’t stop reading.”
Your stories continue to encourage us and others, and we don’t want that to end.
However, the longer we are away from graduate life, the harder it will be for us to keep current with what’s important to you. Yes, our new readers can go back and read what’s been written in the past, but it’s also important to us that what is said here reflects what’s going on out there. Does that make sense?
We have decided to ask for your help. We are looking for 4-6 graduate wives who would be willing to work alongside us to run The Graduate Wife blog. This is not a time intensive deal; It would only require 1-2 hours of your time a month. It doesn’t matter where you live, what you do, what school you’re attached to; If you’re interested, please get in touch with us by 30th April at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you a few more details. We’re excited to share with you what we think the next season of The Graduate Wife should look like.
We hope you’ll bear with us over the course of the next couple of months as we attempt to deal with the changes our families are embarking on. We hope that the momentous life changes ahead of us won’t significantly change how this blog operates. We want this blog to continue to be a catalyst for your graduate stories, if you’ll allow so.
Thank you for continuing to read and follow our blog even though we’ve been radio silent over the past three months. Thank you for sharing your life stories, struggles, and celebrations with us.
With grateful hearts,
Mandy & M.C.