Well folks,

Most of ya'll know the lead in to this story,, so I'll skip the dramatics. (if you don't, ask....or just ignore it...whatevs)

It's been a brutally stressful few months around here. Job hunting, house hunting, packing, preparing to move, kids, dogs....I'll cover it all.

The family and I are FINALLY trying to set our roots somewhere. The plan was to move to Kansas City, MO. We have family in the area, the job market is good, the housing market is good, and it has the fastest internet in the US. So, I started applying for jobs a few months before our move date. I went probably a month and 40 resumes to get 1 response. It was a job I was really interested in though. I went out and interviewed for it, but didnt end up getting it. I got 1 more interview not long after that, but that one kind of wavered also. 

My wife went and interviewed for 3 jobs in 2 days, one of which was her dream job in her field. Well, the dream job called her back a few days later and gave her a position! Making better money and with better hours than she's ever had.

Then I get a call about a job I should apply for, so of course, I apply. A few days later, and I get a phone interview....then an on-site interview. I'm told that I did well, but I wasnt a fit for the position I applied for. I'd fit better somewhere else, but there wasn't a training class scheduled any time soon. I was going to be "filed" to await a job. (yeah, OK...thanks anyway)

Time to start looking for houses to live in. We can survive off my wifes pay, for a little while at least. As I said, the market is good....but we're renting to start. Places are either tiny, or huge. Older homes with 1 bathroom and 4 bedrooms. "Just keep looking - Dory"

We find a possible house and head out to view the place. 3 bed 2 bath place. Good sized yard, basement, huge garage and rent isnt bad. That said there are 2 other families looking at the same time, and more had come the weekend prior. I liked the place but didn't have much faith in getting it the way my luck has been going.

Well, luck has a way of changing. We viewed the house on a Saturday and on Wednesday I get a phone call officially offering us the house. I of course graciously accept. AWESOME! Big load off my shoulders. Then a few hours later the job I'd just applied for calls me and offers me a position! We celebrate as a family, and you can start to feel the stress lift off of us.

*dramatic pause*

My wife and I start to notice that our beagle, Chester is starting to look a little thin. We've had him almost 10 years, and he wasn't a pup when we got him. He's not eating, barely drinking and is clearly weak. We know it's time, but (as I'm sure you know) it's hard to accept. We make the hard right instead of the easy wrong and put him down. I hated seeing my kids go through that. I've done it before and it's horrible every time. It was a quiet few days in the house, and still to this day you'll catch my wife or I calling for him.

Well, now we're about 2 weeks from moving and we've not seen a lease for the house yet. We've not paid a deposit or 1st/last and can't get a hold of the land lord. (hello stress, welcome back) My wife leaves on the 5th and the kids and I leave on the 8th. Yet, no house to go to! This is a problem!!!

Here we are on the 26th and for the past few days I've been calling/texting like crazy. I tracked her husbands number down and called/text him. A few hours later, a text from her comes in....then a call Turns out she's been in the hospital and he "assistant" is utterly useless.

We're good on the house, going the 1st to pick up keys and do paperwork. We're all so ready to get this next chapter started. Ready to just work a 9-5 job and be a "normal" family for once.

I know this was long, but it's been a crazy time and I had to share.

There are a lot of people here that I've never met, yet I consider them good friends. Ya'll know who you are. Thank you all....I've leaned on you more than you know in the past few months and every one of you was there for me.

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Wow. That is quite a journey. I sure hope it continues positively, Jay.

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