Out With It


Or part of it at least!

A little secrecy could be fun to maintain for now at least.

Soooo, part of all the vagueness and lack of activity around here for the past few weeks can finally, publicly, be attributed to the fact that I've thrown together a job-hunt, apartment-hunt, and day-care hunt in three weeks time that has absolutely astounded me.

It all started when, three weeks ago, Jason made a comment he's made several times now, but I've never taken seriously.

"Why don't you guys just move up here?"

But you know how men are, they can't say it like they actually want you to do it, they have to say it where it kinda almost sounds like they're kidding....just in case you think they're crazy.

So I considered he was kidding.

But the day that he mentioned it three weeks ago I just had a moment where a lot of things over the previous week or two kinda clicked together and resulted in me saying, "Find me a job, an apartment and a daycare and I will!"

And that night when I went home, he got online and started emailing me job openings.

So I thought, 'What's it hurt to look, right?'.

And I never expected anything to come of it because everything would just have to fall into place in such a short window of time for anything to happen this summer, because moving Ty during the school year is something I wanted to avoid at all costs.

And two weeks after that conversation I had made numerous calls, sent even more resumes by fax or email, and did tons of online searches for jobs, apartments, and daycares.  And they all have to be in close vicinity of each other.  But the problem is, until you have one nailed down, it's kinda hard to nail the others down, except to know that I wanted the daycare and house to be within a certain school district.

Probably the district in Hot Springs with the fewest apartment complexes.  And even fewer openings.


But there was one that had an opening for July 1st. 

And they were supposed to call me when it was emptied out and where we could look at it.

But another couple came along and put money down on it before it was even available to look at.

Which took us from one apartment available (in a good area we could be comfortable in) to none.

But the job fell into place in the meantime.

It just so happened that I'd contacted every government and hospital office in the area who all had no openings, so I broadened my search to include doctors offices, school offices, real estate offices, and insurance offices.

And I finally got a call back.

An insurance agent for State Farm called me and talked to me for quite some time on the phone.  He seemed immediately impressed with my resume and I just had a good feeling all throughout me when I got off the phone with him.

So when I was in town last weekend, I met up with him and we talked for an hour-and-a-half and he offered me the job that I just really felt I was meant to find.

So with one nailed down, I tackled the others.

A good friend of mine got me into contact with a good friend of hers in hopes that she could help me with a job, however, she had no openings but was a wealth of help in the day-care department and ended up leading me to two wonderful little daycares that I'm going to try to check out this weekend and make a decision on for sure.  Both have availabilities earmarked with Ty's name for July 6th (his birthday, actually) and I'm going to get back with them as soon as I make a decision for certain, though I am leading much more heavily towards one than the other.

That just leaves one last thing to nail down.

A house.

Because a job and daycare doesn't do much good if we don't have somewhere to live.  And Jason's apartment complex won't let him move out of his 1 Bedroom apartment into a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment.

It's in the wrong school district anyway.

So I kept calling and kept calling and the only places with anything available are wanting $100-$150 more a month than we should really be spending, especially since I'll have to pay on my home-loan until we can get it sold.  Or we could just throw all of our money away (and then some) and rent some of the $1200-$1600 a month apartments that were available.

Who needs food anyway, right?

But since we like to eat, we're deciding to be a little more reasonable.

Not having any luck finding apartments outside of the few I'd already checked with, I decided that I had nothing to lose by contacting a Realtor.

So I Googled Real Estate companies in the school district and shot an email to one that looked good and I explained my situation of having a job that I'd be starting on July 1st (my new boss was great enough to give me a little longer to get things situated and hopefully get moved over here before I start).

This little act wound up being one of those God things.  As if the past few weeks wasn't full enough with a hundred different God things with the way everything was falling together!

The Realtor got back with me and instantly went to work.  Since there were no apartments in our range that were available, he set out looking for houses in our price range and sent me some listings.   I got back with him and told him the ones I liked and he started making calls to see who would work a deal with us to get us into the house by July 1st, even if it was on a temporary rental basis until paperwork was completed to buy the house.

And in doing that, he's brought us to two houses that we're pretty interested in.

That we're going to look at tomorrow.

And I couldn't be happier and more excited about it!

We've had some hiccups and some unexpected obstacles to get around (in more than just this, believe me!) but literally EVERY obstacle or diversion that has come up has been God working to change our attention from where it was to where He needed it to be.

We're on our way to a life together.

We're on our way to our own Happily Ever After.

And I don't think it's possible that I could be any happier or more excited about anything than I am right now!
Ashley Wife & Mom

Ashley is a thirty-something wife and mother of two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and decorating their home. Her blogging adventures began in 2006 as a single mother and have carried on through marriage and a new life with a husband, a ten-year-old, and an infant.