My youngest sister, Landen, got engaged a couple of weeks ago. We met Adam over Christmas break when he came down and spent nearly a week with our family in Las Vegas. Everything we’d heard about him had been extremely positive, and we liked him just as much as we’d hoped we would.

So yes, that engagement was certainly good news.

But the news I was far more anxious about came on Friday. Adam is graduating this spring (as is Landen) and his plan is to get a PhD. And, as fortune would have it, his number one choice was the University of Texas.

You know, the one in Austin.

He interviewed for the program a few days after they got engaged, and on Friday morning, he got the news that he’d been accepted.

Which means that, come August, the two of them will be living in Austin for the next five years.

I absolutely cannot wait. Oh happy happy day.

(Also, I told Bart, “If we’d still been living in Boston and found out they were moving to Austin, I probably would have just died on the spot.”)

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  • Reply lacie tidwell January 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    YAAAAAY!!!! That is super exciting!!! and isn't it great- God has a plan and that just wokred out! how awesome you gys will get to be so close!!

  • Reply Adam January 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My, what a splendid post!

  • Reply The Liddells January 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    That is very exciting! It is always nice to live close to family! And Congrats to Landen!

  • Reply RA January 31, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Yay! You guys will have so much FUN!

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife January 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Yay! Double congrats!

  • Reply McKinley January 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Ohhhh that is so much fun! How lucky is that for the both of you! Sisters make the best friends, and now you get to be near each other!

  • Reply Sammy January 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Ohh I'm so jealous! That is SO exciting. Having a sister nearby would pretty much double the happiness factor of any situation!

  • Reply Lexilooo January 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    congratulations all around! that is so wonderful!

  • Reply Melinda January 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Hooray for you and hooray for Landen!!!

  • Reply heidikins January 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Yaaay! So exciting! Oh my goodness, I'm so happy for you!


  • Reply Rhiannon January 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    HOORAY! Fun for you and fun that Ella will get to know her Auntie better!

  • Reply Chelsea February 1, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Very exciting! I hadn't heard that fun news! I have to say I'm jealous about having a sister so close!

  • Reply Rachel February 1, 2011 at 1:20 am

    So exciting! My sister is getting married this summer but they're moving to D.C.- wrong direction! I would be giddy if they were moving here. Enjoy!

  • Reply ccr in MA February 1, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Isn't it cool when things work out that way? I try to remember when things aren't working out so well that maybe I just haven't gotten to the good part yet.

  • Reply Sami February 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Yay! Congrats!

  • Reply Landen February 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    We feel very famous, Janssen. We are both ridiculously excited as well!

  • Reply Packrat February 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Wow! This made me cry happy tears. (Emotional day, today.) How exciting for everyone involved!

  • Reply Katie February 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Wow! That's so awesome.

    And if his program is anything like my husbands it'll be even longer than 5 years in Texas…since he's currently on year 7…

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  • Reply Meredith Shatzer February 6, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Do you know how THRILLED I would be if I had Heather living by us!? Oh you are one lucky family!!

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