For my first blog post, I wanted to write about something that would capture your imagination, keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you feeling awestruck! OK, so what I am really going to write about is my family’s move to North Dakota, which I admit isn’t really “edge of your seat” type stuff, but it is what is happening in my life right now. After all, that is the whole point of this blog. Here we go!
In March of this year, my husband accepted a position in the safety department of the company that he works for. This was a huge and exciting change for us. It meant that he would move from a labor type position to an office type position, with better hours and better pay. When he took the job they gave him an official job description form. On the top of that form it stated that there would be some travel required to a place called Williston, ND. What in the world is that all about we wondered? It seemed odd that a safety coordinator in Colorado would have to travel regularly to North Dakota. Oh well, they assured him that it would be very rare, no big deal right?
Fast forward to now, November 25, 2012. I am writing this post from our trailer in Williston, ND, where we now live. We arrived here on October 7th after two days and over 12 hours in separate vehicles with all 3 kids. The jump from “will rarely travel to” to “now residing in” Williston seems a bit drastic I know. And I assure you that it was. After several months in the safety department it became clear that my husband would be traveling here much more than we had originally planned. For our family, having daddy away for two weeks at a time just is not an option. So we decided that we would pack up the family and go on an adventure. It was NOT an easy decision, we almost chickened out on multiple occasions. It was heart-breaking to tell my daycare families that I would no longer be able to watch their children. Telling my family was incredibly difficult, and I felt so guilty! But Chase and I had talked about it at length, and more importantly prayed about it together, and we knew that it was the right thing to do. The five of us just need to be together, our children are so young and they need both of us in their lives every possible moment!
We have been given the opportunity to step back from our “normal” lives, take a deep breath and learn to appreciate the simple treasures in life. It is so so easy to get sucked into the “rat race” and I have to admit we were going down the path of needing and wanting more all the time! In fact, before the possibility of moving came up, we had put our 2,000 square foot home on the market so we could buy something BIGGER. We are now living in a former FEMA trailer that cannot possible be more than 1,000 square feet. Gotta love God’s sense of humor. Aside from the amazing career opportunity that this has provided my husband, we are able to make significant strides financially as a result of our move. We are living in FREE company housing and are in the process of renting our home in Colorado out which means that we will have no housing costs while we are here. What a blessing! And what a gift to give our children of being financially stable in the future. Long story short, we knew that we would regret NOT taking the chance, so we said YES!
Well that’s the story of how we made the decision to move up here, so now what you are wondering is, what the heck is it like there? How is it living in a trailer with 3 kids? What’s the weather like? And I will surely answer all of those questions later! Don’t worry, the wait will be worth it, this is the craziest place I have ever been! Here is a picture of our trailer park, everyone who lives here works with my husband and we live about 7 miles outside of town in a field. We can see the sun rise and set every day, it’s quiet and peaceful and there is hardly any traffic