About this Blog

We’ve been hesitant to start a blog up to this point in our lives.  Even in setting up this blog, there’s something about the activity that seems a bit narcissistic.  It’s all about us.  At least it feels that way right now.

Actually, our hope is that this blog won’t just be the self-obsessed ramblings of two people who think that the world revolves around them.  We’ve created this blog with a few basic purposes in mind.  First, we’re hoping to use the blog as a convenient way to stay in touch with the people we know in the United States.  Hopefully this blog will simplify things, so that we aren’t constantly writing the same general things over and over in individual emails to family members and friends.

Second, we think this blog will be a useful medium for portraying what our life is like in Cambridge.  We’ll post pictures, tell stories about differences between the United Kingdom and the United States, and try to describe enough of our daily experiences to give our readers a feel for what it is like to live as an American in England.  If there’s a particular facet of life in the UK that you’d like us to address, just let us know, and we’ll try to write about it.

Finally, we’re starting a blog because we think it will be a helpful way for us to process the lessons we’re learning through our experiences abroad.  By writing about the things that we’re experiencing, hopefully we’ll learn some lessons and grow up a bit along the way.  We’ll try to be honest, candid, and thoughtful, and we look forward to interacting through this site.

We chose the title United We Stand for a few reasons.  We come from the United States.  We’re living in the United Kingdom.  We feel united as a couple in this new adventure…The title plays upon our American heritage.  It’s drawn from biblical language, and it’s an ideal to which we personally strive in our marriage.

6 responses to “About this Blog

  • Nancy Wilson

    Love the blog and very happy to see that you both are doing this! Can’t wait to see the updates! Love you, Mom

  • Bo Ohman

    Since we have been to the UK in the past, we are very interested not only to see it through your eyes but also how it has changed. Best wishes to you and God bless, Bo

  • Donna Skirpan

    So excited for you and happy you are taking
    the time to keep us informed of what is going
    on in your life! Love you, Aunt Donna

  • Sofia Pitchford

    Just read through your blog. Glad to see you guys are doing well! What an adventure you guys get to experience together! Enjoy every moment! I am so proud of you guys!
    By the way, we are expecting baby # 2 in May 2011.
    Love you guys,

    • rnbwilson

      It is so good to hear from you Sofia! And CONGRATULATIONS!!! We are so excited for you two! We will be praying you have a wonderful pregnancy and a beautiful, healthy baby come May! Love you!

  • Ayoung


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