As if having a child this year wasn't enough....
The husband is a person who loves his job, is good at his job, and has been super-devoted to his job. He has worked at the same tirelessly in the same role year after year, change after change, since college. We have crossed our fingers and rolled our eyes and felt elated and felt dejected at times during his tenure. Working for a start-up company, in my opinion, has become harder as the years have passed, as we've grown up, as we've welcomed our family. Unfortunately, about 6 weeks ago, the company's doors were closed and Dave was without a job for the first time in a long time and without much warning. He worked like a crazy mad man, like it was his new full-time job, to find a new job. He networked, he sent resumes, he interviewed and a short four weeks later he had several offers. In the end he took the one that made the most sense to both of us and that would benefit our family. I could keep my job. His commute would be only about 15 minutes. The pay was good. And on Monday he starts his new job.
A year ago, before we had decided to move to California (and thank goodness we didn't!!!), we had started looking for a new house in the same city we live now. We had wanted to downsize a little, have a bigger yard, more privacy. We have been living in the same house for 10 years and just wanted something different. We were ready to move on. But then we had decided to move to California, then I got pregnant, and everything changed.
When Dave accepted his new job just a few weeks ago, I popped on Zillow for fun to see what was out there. I was actually looking out a town just east of here that we have drooled over for a long time. But after spending a time chauffeuring my son to and from my sister's house (who lives in the middle of NOWHERE!!!) we decided, no, we do not want to move that far. So I started poking around in the current town we live in. I was searching only by a certain dollar amount, but Dave clicked on one that was just outside of that range. By the pictures it was cute and had potential. We talked to our realtor and had him arrange a showing. We viewed it and it was immediate: we were home. This was the house in which we were supposed to raise Anderson. It's a ranch, with a partially finished basement. It has a big yard (almost an acre) with part of it fenced in. It needs a lot of work but has tons of potential and all of the work is cosmetic. And maybe my favorite part, it is on the bike trails through the town so we will be able to bike commute everywhere including work, which is less than 2 miles away. We set up a second viewing with the realtor and took my parents with us. They saw things that we didn't, but again, totally doable. We thought about it for a weekend, called up on realtor on Monday and put in an offer. By Tuesday afternoon, we had a counter offer. We countered again on Wednesday, and this evening we found out they accepted our offer and we're in contract. Holy cow!!! Two weeks ago I looked at a house on Zillow and today we are in contract.
Part of buying this house is the contingency of selling our house. We only have 45 days to do so or the contract is void. We have a great realtor and live in a neighborhood where houses sell quickly, so it's looking good.
We are so excited. It feels right. It feels like fate.