So we have some big news. We are soon leaving Chattanooga and moving west. And when I say soon, I mean next week.
Let me backtrack a bit and fill you in on the last month.
Shane and I have been feeling for a while that we would like to move closer to family. However, with the economy the way it is, we felt like it was very unlikely we would find any opportunities that filled all of our requirements. (Same or better pay, in the West, less travel.) Have I ever mentioned that Shane is gone much of the work week? Now you know how I have time to blog.
A few weeks ago Shane was approached about a prospect in Boise. Next thing we know Shane was made a great offer and we had to decide if this was the move we wanted to make. Sufficed to say, after much prayer, we felt this was the right thing for our family.
Now why are we moving so dang fast? Well, that is another story.
I'm at a playdate with a friend, watching our kids play together in the kiddie pool. I'm telling her about this new job. Then she tells me about how her house just went under contract and the buyer wants to move in right away and she has to look for a rental until her new house is built.
By the end of the playdate we had made arrangements for her family to rent my house. Nice timing no? Problem is, she and her family would need to move in ASAP. Thus, even though Shane doesn't start his new job until later in September, we need to vacate our home. Shane is going stay with friends for a couple weeks until he gets his current job wrapped up. The kids and I are heading out to stay with family until our Boise home is ready for us. - Our Chattanooga home is on the market by the way. Let me know if you are looking for a super cute two story!
So. Big big changes in store.
How am I feeling about it all? Well, honestly I devastated to leave Chattanooga. I love it here. I love the landscape, the smells, the charm. I love my friends. I have been in the south for 7 years, 6 of them being in Chattanooga. It's home. Knowing I only have a few days left here is heart breaking.
Also, I'm a little scared. The first time I visited Boise was about 13 years ago and I remember very clearly thinking, "This place is so not me." I was there a week ago and that same feeling came over me. I'm not a desert girl. I like the green. I like rain and snow.
One thing that gives me assurance is every person I have talked to who lives, or has lived, in Boise says they love it. If you live in Boise, or have ever lived there, could you let me know what your thoughts are about the city? Good or bad, I just need some more "inside" information. (Truth be told, I didn't think I would like the South either, but I love it now.)
Of course, somewhere pushed behind the packing boxes and tearful goodbyes is excitement. What an incredible adventure for my family. The house we are moving into is perfect for us - finally a guest bedroom whoo who! We will be 6 hours away from my parents and three hours away from our cowboy relatives in Pendleton Oregon.
The morning we woke up in Boise, I stepped outside and breathed in the fresh cool air. All I could think was "No more humidity". Thank the heavens.
Now you are up to date. I have some posts ready to go during this transition time. A fantastic giveaway posts next Monday. I'll keep you posted on the move as it progresses. Wish us luck!