And then I sat at my desk at work crying silently and thinking that I was totally going to do something like this when someone else asked me about it:
But then something completely unexpected and amazing happened:
A friend I made from the pregnancy message boards I joined back in January 2009 sent me a message that changed everything. She and her partner had purchased a vacation house in a town called Marysville, WA this year, and she offered to let us use the house for an insanely reasonable amount of rent while we continued our search for gainful employment!!
|For those of you not obsessively studying Washington's map like I have been, the marker is where Marysville is.|
So far our main stumbling blocks in making the move was the fact that 1- We were still putting California addresses on our resumes and apparently Washingtonians hate Californians, and 2 - No one was going to rent to us when we didn't have jobs.
So for this friend of mine - who I have yet to meet in real life! - to make this insanely generous offer this to us knowing all of this information already... it just made everything fall into place. It took the pressure off of us to find housing immediately and gives us a few months to get our job situation in order before we have to find a permanent place to live. (And also made me basically eat my words in that day's blog, since it was the fact that I *did* tell everyone online how frustrated I was and how hopeless I was feeling that prompted her and her partner to make this offer to us!) And I'd be lying if I said I didn't immediately start happy-sobbing the moment I read her message and had to run outside so I didn't freak out my co-workers. This woman and her partner are seriously changing our lives for the better SO MUCH and I don't think I'll ever be able to thank them enough!
Adding the Washington address to our resumes has already helped Andrew get three job interviews up there (one of which is actually in Marysville) in one week and he should be hearing back on them any day now. Plus he has a supervisor who loves him from his current store about to transfer to that same Marysville Costco so she can help put in a good word for him once he's up there. :)
So, here is the Actual Plan:
The Upack thing got reserved yesterday. My tw0-week-notice was just handed in at work this morning.
IT'S OFFICIAL: WE ARE FINALLY MOVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEEE-HAW!!!