Naturally, we were overjoyed when we heard back from the American University in Cairo so quickly. We really weren't expecting to have any news until April so when we got the first email of acceptance on Sunday morning we were thrilled! All day we kept saying, "We're going to Cairo!" over and over. In fact, we are still saying that today. It's kind of surreal.
We're going crazy trying to think of everything that we have to arrange to make the exodus overseas. Moving to Jordan for 4 months was one thing, but moving for 2 years is a whole nother bag of beans.
Anyway, I announced during "good news" in Relief Society that we would definitely be moving to Cairo. After clarifying that this was Cairo, Egypt, and not New York or Illinois, there was, as Karen put it, a "wow factor" (she announced it in her ward, too).
Everyone always wants to know what Andrew's going to do over there. They just can't understand why anyone would want to move to such a "foreign" place. When we explain that he is majoring in Middle East Studies they all nod their head and give a brusque "Ah-ha."
We've joked about telling people that we're going there to study math or Latin-American studies just to see what they would say then.
One woman in our ward was particularly concerned about my well-being. She asked me three or four times if we were both happy about this. We are. Andrew is happy. I'm happy. Rachel is blissfully unaware that a very big change is about to happen in our lives.
She does have a certain curiosity about the Middle East, though, so I think she'll love living over in Egypt. Here she is poking around the Koran.