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June 13, 2013


I am still alive and kicking! Just took a little break. Life was just getting a bit crazy and I needed to step away.


But I am thrilled to say these past two weeks have given us clarity and my husband found a job!

He has been interviewing with two companies. One company did not give an offer- he was glad because the stress that would of come with the job would of been through the roof! 

He did get an offer from the second company, but the job was in a town in the Kootenay region of BC. I was kind of excited.....kind of. Being a city girl who has never lived in a small town, I was a bit terrified of small town living. On the other hand, it kind of excited me. We could maybe get an acreage and live more simply. Two weeks ago we flew there for 24 hours to check it out (those of you who follow me on Instagram would of caught wind) and decide if it would work for our family. No offence to anyone who lives out there, but by 10 AM, I knew I couldn't live there. I felt like I would be the worse mother in the world to drag my two remaining teenagers at home, to live in such a small town. I felt awful because at this point there were no other job offers on the horizon. Turning down that job meant back to square one. Our severance was due to run out in a few months and my teaching salary just is nowhere near enough to live off of.  The company was one my husband wanted to work for, so it was hard to say no. But I felt at peace with the decision, knowing it would be the best for our family. 

Well....the afternoon after my husband turned down the offer, the president of the company wanted to talk to him. Someone up there was listening, because they offered him another job (they actually bent over backwards to take a junior position and make it more in line with an executive position) and we accepted! We don't have to move away!

 At first we wanted to get away from this area. The house prices are ridonculous!
Really, they are, stupid, stupid, stupid. 
But this area has so much to offer, beauty, fresh air, access to farms, locally grown food, the mountains, ocean and my family. Now I am thrilled we aren't leaving town. Thrilled! We have moved cities, provinces and countries, about 4 times in the past 13 years, and frankly we are tired of it. So it feels good, really good to be here.

We can now check one thing off our life check list!

Job - check!

And I go back to work in the fall again. Not sure which school and what grade. I am on the recall list, which means I am at the bottom when it comes to seniority. I can't apply for postings, until all the senior teachers get positions. Fingers crossed I get a school close to home.


Onto life's second hurdle: our housing

Our landlords want to sell the house to us, but what they want is, in our opinion not a fair price. So wish us luck as we figure out our housing situation!

What crazy stuff have you all been up to?

XO Barbara

26 comments:

  1. That great news Barbara about your hubbys employment! I couldn't live in a really small town either... now here's hoping you get into a school close to you and you figure out your housing situation so that it all works with everything! Hugs and take care!!

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  2. This reminds of the two Chinese curses:
    1. To live in exciting times
    2. To find what you are looking for

    Sounds like you are living in exciting times, and I hope things calm down for you soon. I'm all for excitement, but so much uncertainty is a lot. I wish you all the best, and also best of luck to your husband.

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  3. Some exciting changes. You've certainly had a busy few weeks, I'm glad that it is all working out, now you can enjoy your summer as you look for a new perfect home.

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  4. Oh, Barbara, I'm so excited for you! What a relief! God is good, my friend.

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  5. Yay!!! So happy for you guys! Something just right will work out for you in the fall - there's a position out there waiting for you :) Hope you have a lovely weekend! xo

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  6. Yay!!! Oh, I'm so happy for you! And I'm so glad you won't be leaving us! One down, one to go...sending you good vibes on the housing front! xo

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  7. Kootneys???? No way, good decision. Small town living is okay, but only when you have access to the city close by. Hope your housing situation will work out.

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  8. That's great news! If you're looking to buy a house-- you should come check out abbotsford :) just a little further down the freeway but the prices are better!!

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  9. Awesome and congratulations!! I'm so glad you have the work aspect of your lives figured out. Kootenays is what? Kamloops area? Hope you find your dream home now to finish off that piece of the puzzle.

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  10. So glad things are *starting* to look a bit brighter for you! Glad for the update.

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  11. Great news about your husband's new job! I'm sure you're both super-happy and relieved :-) It was so nice of the company to accommodate your husband and offer him a position close to where you live now.

    Good luck sorting our the housing situation - something will work out :-)

    All the craziness in my life lately has been dog-related - amazing how much work four dogs can be!

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  12. Congrats on your hubby's job! Funny how things sort themselves out. Having grown up in a small town and lived in the city, then returning to a small town later, you made the right decision. Small town living isn't always what you envision it to be and that's great that you won't have to move! I wish our job offers had worked out as well - we're over 20 moves now - how I long to settle! :)

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  13. How fabulous for your husband and family on his new job.

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  14. Yay for B! Everything is for a reason!!!! So happy for you!

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  15. Congratulations girl....stressful I am sure....but so glad it all worked out in your favor!

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  16. Our family motto is "It will all work out." So happy your husbands job was restructured just for you. In fall you will get your dream teaching job--just got to believe. Congrats on all of your successes. The 'crazy wave' has rolled to shore.

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  17. Talk about a lot going on! That is great news though, and the timing couldn't have worked out better. Godo luck to you now getting something good for the fall! (and with the house dilemma)

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  18. Wow Barb, so much going on. Congratulations on the husbands job. I know you can breathe easy now. Good luck with your landlord, hope he realizes what great tenants you have been and he needs to just sell it and get it overwith, and I hope the price is in your favor. I hope you have a restful summer break!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  19. That's great news Barbara! Ive been missing you - and Im glad you're staying :) What a journey - so glad the universe finally let you guys off the roller coaster. Happy House Hunting!!

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  20. I do believe that our lives take the turn we need them to and so happy that the job worked out for your husband and your family! The rest will come! Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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  21. isn't that so fantastic?! congrats to your hubs on the job and woohoo for not having to move! fingers crossed you find a wonderful home or your landlords ask for a reasonable amount for the one you're currently living in.

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  22. I saw your comment re a house on Instagram so had to come and see what was new. Seems like a lot! Congrats to the hubby and on the house front - so exciting! Keep us posted.

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  23. I've been keeping you company in stepping away for a bit - my craziness? Prom, my hub's wild business schedule, and just trying to keep my head above water. Can we say exhale, whew?!! Oh, and I'm embarking on a new business with a business partner - timing. What was I thinking?

    I am so happy for you and your family Barb! The housing situation will work out. In the mean time, I hope you get to kick back, relax and DIY your summer away!

    xo Sheila

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  24. I am so happy for your family, Barbara. I know you have had a long road and it sounds like things are going so well for you. congrats to your husband, and the company is not taking a risk at all, he will be great! Good luck with the house hunting. That may turn out to be a blessing too.

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  25. so glad that it all works out and things are soon back to normal again. and summer is here, the perfect time for you to relax and do what you love to do Barbara! You deserve it! xoxo

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