I’ve been getting lots of questions about how we are doing, settling in, learning our new surroundings, etc. So I thought that one of my bi-annual blog posts was in order. (That is the rate at which I’m at on this blog thing. 🙂 )
So we arrived!! We made it to Phoenix in one piece, both physically and emotionally! 🙂 We have some really gracious friends who are out of town this month, and letting our family stay in (or take over) their house. This has been a gigantic blessing! I can’t imagine doing this transition while staying in a hotel.
We have been here almost 2 weeks, and that time has basically been spent keeping our kids entertained and looking for jobs. (I’m pretty much over re-doing my resume.) The best way to describe our first 2 weeks is a roller coaster. I’m not sure why we thought it would be any different. Our time here thus far has played out exactly the way we told ourselves it would be. And yet, there have been times where we are sitting across from each other in complete silence because there are no more solutions to be found and we can’t figure out why 2 Religion majors aren’t being offered jobs that pay $100,000/yr. (Sidenote: During your freshmen year in college, they should give you a handout that tells you how much each major makes, and whether you will be able to provide for a family of 5 with that income. I’m kidding…but not really. ) Our daily routine involves me looking at Jay and saying, “We’re gonna make it, right?” And He looks back and says, “I think so.” And then we hug. And we pray. And we pray. And we pray more. That’s it. I don’t mean to over – spiritualize it, but it’s the truth. That has been the glue that has kept us on the same page, and in our moments of overwhelming stress, from saying things we will regret 2 seconds later.
On the job front, Jay did get a job at REI. He is working part-time for the summer and just started today! He has also already done some guiding since we got here, which he absolutely loves. So for those pieces of the puzzle, we are so thankful! We are still waiting on that full-time benefits job, so we will just keep looking and praying.
The piece of us moving here that has met or exceeded our expectations is the Church piece. One of the reasons we moved out here was to be a part of a community whose values we love and really connect with, and it has proven to be what we expected. Yes, I know it has only been 2 weeks, and it’s always a honeymoon at the beginning, but for us, it was nice to have our expectations exceeded in regards to a community of people and the way they are loving our Father and the people around them.
So that is us, for now. I figured I would end with a couple of pictures from our first 2 months, because really, what’s a blog post without pictures?!?