Bethany and I will be moving to South Bend, IN next August, where I'll be starting a Ph.D. program in modern transatlantic history. Although a lot of people know this by now, I thought I'd wait to post about it until I at least get the official documents mailed.
Notre Dame has been my first choice for graduate school all along. The department is strong in both transatlantic history and religious/theological history, which are my primary interests, and will encourage me to pursue this somewhat boundary-crossing course of study. ("Transatlantic" simply means I'll be looking at both sides of the Atlantic - particularly America and Germany - and especially the exchanges between them.) The faculty includes people such as George Marsden, Mark Noll, Alexander Martin, and James Turner - all working in modern Christian history - with and from whom I'm looking forward to working and learning.
Bethany will be looking for a job in South Bend to help pay the bills while I'm hiding behind stacks of books. :) Our next big tasks (well...after getting married, of course) are finding housing and a church home in South Bend. It can be a little scary thinking about leaving long-term the places and people we're familiar with, but we're also looking forward to starting fresh our life together.
Don't worry though; we're still around Lincoln for a while (well, I will be soon anyway), and looking forward to a summer enjoying being married and around our friends and family.