Wednesday, September 2, 2009

We're Moving on .... Out




That's right. We're moving on out...to the west side. Some of you know, to some, this will be news. But, after a year in Spokane, WA -- a year filled with massive amounts of snow, great friends, and a great internship for Marcus, we're headed to San Jose, CA where Marcus will work on finishing his dissertation. We feel blessed to have had this time in Spokane, and we feel blessed to have the lucky opportunity to live with his parents while Marcus works on his paper. "Lucky opportunity" you ask? Living with your in-laws is a lucky opportunity? Why, yes. I'm not stupid, there will be challenges for all of us...but it will be great because I just happen to love my in-laws. I truly do. When we adopted Callie, I was able to live with my parents for 3 months with Samantha and Callie. It was wonderful. I loved being close to my mom and dad. I loved seeing them with Sammy and Callie. And I loved their help with my new baby. And now, we'll have the opportunity to do that with Lee and Peggy. I'll get to know Granny and Grandpa (Marcus' grandparents) better, which I really have been wanting to do. We'll be around a lot of extended family. We'll have Scannie (Scotty and Annie), and Dandrea -- or Anvid, not sure yet which combination I like better -- (David and Andrea) close by. Colin and Chris (bros-in-law) will be here. How great is that?! My aunt, uncle, and cousins live not too far, and Ted and Peggy (brother's family) live not too far away in the other direction. Yippee.
So why California? Marcus will be working on his dissertation. He will need to travel to Provo, most likely, a couple times. 1) Washington -- we'd have to pay rent with no income. Travel to and from UT is a little more expensive than from CA to UT. 2) Utah -- not as many resources for Sammy and we are concerned about her therapy, etc. Furthermore, we'd still have to pay rent with no income. 3) Michigan -- way too expensive to go from MI to UT a couple times. 4) California -- $80 train ticket from CA to Provo and services are here for Sammy Sam Sam. #4 is the winner. Plus, when we prayed about it, we felt good about it.

We're sad to say goodbye, but the closer it comes, the better we feel about this decision. We are looking forward to the transition. So, at the end of the month, we'll be packing up and moving on out. (I hate packing. Grrr)

8 comments:

Lori and Matt said...

I sure wish #2 was the ideal option, but I'll take a visit every now and then instead! When we visit Matt's parents in Half Moon Bay we'll have to get together too! I sure miss you! Provo isn't the same without you. Good luck packing!

Heather said...

wow--what a adventure. I hate packing up everything! Good Luck with everything.

Rob and Marseille said...

Good luck packing...will it be easier with Samantha in school or harder cuz Callie won't have someone to play with.

The DeMille's said...

Good Luck with EVERYTHING!!! You'll have to let me know if you come to Provo I would love to try to see you again! The train ride from UT to CA is a blast! My family did that one year for Christmas!

Scott and Valary Smith said...

You forgot to add that Scott and Valary are in CA and are waiting to pounce on you and show you all the good parks and libraries when you get here.

Jana said...

Good Luck with the packing & moving. I understand packing & living with family. For the most part it is great. Keep in touch. I'm sure you won't miss the snow this winter.

JAZKK Low said...

I love Cali!!! Have fun! It feels like you just moved to Spokane. Time is FLYING! Don't you wish you just left everything in boxes now! :)

Caleb and Jessica Sainsbury said...

Yeah for california! We spent the summer with my parents and, yes, it had it's challenges, but it was SO worth it. Especially watching my parents get to know my kids better. And, did I tell you that one of your friends there in WA is my bro-in-law's sister?? His last name is Kemp. I think it's where you had Sammy's party. Sorry if I already told you that!!!! my brain is tired... mom-brain.

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