Saturday, October 3, 2009

Homeward Bound

What a month! I wasn't "allowed" to write about what's been going on, but now that things are finalized I have the green light. A few weeks ago, I took Aaron to the Ear Nose Throat doctor on a Tuesday and was told he needs his tonsils and adenoids out. So, I scheduled his surgery for that Friday. When I got home, Mike was there and said we needed to have a talk. He told me he had just gotten laid off. I had to cancel Aaron's surgery an hour after I scheduled it! We've been worrying about this happening and praying that it wouldn't. But, God has other plans for us and thought we needed a serious lesson in humility.

Fluor, the company Mike has been working for, has been struggling with the economy because power plants and oil refineries have been pulling out on contracts-they can't afford to get things made or fixed. So, next up on the money blood sucking food chain come the workers at Fluor. So far, about 2,600 employees have been laid off. They held on to Michael for as long as they could, though, which meant a lot.

I keep looking around at our house, knowing it's probably the nicest house I'll ever live in, and kicking myself for ever thinking I "deserved" more. And what are our landlords going to say when we tell them we have to terminate our lease 2 months early? We don't have money to pay the "early termination fee". And every time I drive through Sugar Land I think about what a nice place it really is, and how blessed we were to live here. I have made some of the most incredible and amazing friends in the world and it kills me to think of leaving them. How will I survive without my Mandy?

Michael's dad offered him a job back home at the machine shop doing quality control. I am so grateful for his offer. Part of me is so excited to move back home to be closer to family. I love the mountains and the smell of sagebrush when it rains. I love four wheeling and shooting and camping and sweaters and hot chocolate and green chili. I love the slower pace of life and Colorado summers. I love the small town parade during Stampede and making fun of the low rider and tractor "floats". I love the holidays at my parents house. And just think of all the free babysitting! Plus, my AWESOME sister-in-law, Kathy lives there, and she has kids that are the same ages as mine. Born to be best buddies! So, there are some of the reasons I'd love to be back in the San Luis Valley.

But..... then the other part of me dreads it. I'm so used to living in the city where everything is only a few miles away and anything and everything you could ever want is just down the street! The biggest and most exciting store in the valley is a Walmart. No Pei Wei...no Target...no Old Navy...no Hobby Lobby...oh, I'm tearing up already. I think the hardest part is that moving away from home made me feel like I grew up and made something of myself. I got a fresh start. And housing is a completely different thing. No HOA's to make sure the neighborhood stays well kept. You can have a really nice house next to a run down ghetto house, and many of the houses are over a hundred years old, so finding one that isn't falling apart will be fun. We'll live with Mike's parents for a while until we can either save up for a down payment to buy a house, or we find a decent house to rent until we can save up for a down payment. (There is only one apartment "complex" there, with about 20 units. And, at $250 a month, you get what you pay for...shady shady shady.)

Anywayyyyys, back to trying to be positive. We're moving by Thanksgiving so I've been busy trying to start getting things boxed up and set aside. God knows what he's doing and everything will work out!

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The Yoder's Four said...

So much going on...I know everything will work out for you guys. You're really lucky Mike was able to get a job with his dad.

I totally feel your pain about having to move away from all the conveniences of the big city--I had major shopping withdrawals when we moved from Albuquerque back to So. Utah. It's been kind of good for the checkbook, though, because I am a crazy shopaholic!

Good luck packing...ugh. Keep the updates coming!

Necia said...

I am sad to hear you are leaving Houston. I know Mandy will be very sad! I too have missed all the restaurants and stores that are just around the bend in Houston. Evanston is so incredibly small. I hope the town you move to is at least a tad bigger. Good luck with everything and God absolutely knows what is best and what we need.

Krystle said...

Sad day! So does that mean that I won't even see you when I come back for thanksgiving!?

The Mursets said...

Good luck. We'll keep you in our prayers.

Whit said...

I know it will be hard it's always hard when your plan doesn't work out the same way you wanted but remember it's all a part of the Lord's plan. You'll get used to the no shopping again! We'll have to plan a weekend where we meet up half way in Glenwood or Grand Junction. I would lOVE that!

Lara said...

Rough times. You have a good attitude and perspective, knowing that the Lord is taking care of your family. Doesn't make it any easier though. Hope all goes well for you and maybe you can bring a little big city culture to the little town. :)

Kathy said...

As excited as I am to have you guys back here, I absolutely know how you are feeling. I dreaded moving back here, but when you (we) ask for answers and Heavenly Father gives them, it's a good thing to listen! We love you guys and will see you soon!

mandy said...

No worries. The Lord loves you guys so much and things are gonna turn out great, I know it! I love you.