As promised, here’s the latest update. I’ve been putting this off for far too long. So after five months (and counting) of unemployment, we made the decision a few weeks ago to leave our home in New Jersey and move back in with John (Marylynn’s brother) and his family in Elizabethtown, PA. I didn’t want to say anything about it because I had been hanging onto the hope that I could find a job here in the area so we wouldn’t have to move. But with seven days left and no strong leads, I must face the inevitable.
The last time we moved out of desperation was almost three years ago (that’s almost a record!). We left California and moved in with John in PA. We were there for three months until I found a job in New Jersey at Virgin Mobile. We were super grateful for their kindness and patience with putting up with us. It’ll be interesting to go back now that the kids are a little older and we know the area a lot better. It’s a lot less scary knowing what to expect (not to mention their basement is finished, which is very very nice). My plan is to spend my days job hunting there, just like I have been here and and find a job quick and relocate ASAP. Fingers crossed.
Since we’ll only be 2 hours away, we plan on coming back to visit our dear friends here in Jersey often. So that’s a huge plus. We’ll be that much more ready to move where ever when that “perfect job” finally comes around. Not to mention the money we’ll be saving.
We’ve been slowly packing over the past few weeks, so we’re sitting on (and under) a lot of cardboard boxes and all the pictures are off the walls. We’ve been cleaning out our closets and getting rid of extra stuff. And hey, if by any stretch we end up staying, at least we’ll have a lot less crap in our lives. So that’s good.
So, yeah. We’re sad to leave New Jersey. We really love it here and have made some great friends here who we will miss, and we’re trying not to get nostalgic because that would only get us down. Instead we’re trying to look to the future and be open to whatever the Lord has in store for us. Who knows where we’ll be a year from now?