First though, my apologies for not writing much last week. We had the plague sweep through the house, and I didn’t get much sleep. Add to that, we had (still have) some house guests as well. All in all, not much time or energy for writing.
The big decision is made though. And I say “The” as if there’s only one … and there’s actually several.
Last week I gave notice at my job. I’ve decided to move to the new opportunity. Certainly not a decision made lightly, but one that I’m confident will end up being the better choice for us as a family.
But that still leaves a decision unmade. Where do we live moving forward? Right now our expenses are higher than I’d like them to be, especially now that our income will be going down.
We could simply do nothing. Stay where we’re at. We’re established here. But we don’t like the place all that much, there aren’t as many kids in our neighborhood as we’d like, and it’s expensive.
We could find another place in the same school district. We’d end up with something a bit smaller, but that’s not so bad. We’d be able to keep the kids in the school district, so they wouldn’t have to change schools. Also a good thing. But we’re still in the ‘burbs and we’re not sure that’s where we want to be.
We could find a place that’s still in Western Washington, but out a bit farther. That way we’re out of the suburbs and we can get a bit of land to work with as well. But we’d have to move the kids out of their schools, and that’s not a trivial thing especially for the kids that are in middle and high schools. Back to the good side, we’re not too far away from friends and current activities so while there would be some flux there, it wouldn’t be completely abrupt.
And of course, we could build a home on our land in Eastern Washington. On the surface, it looks like a good call, and quite a few of you suggested it. Plenty of room, a blank slate, it’s a good end-goal from a preparedness standpoint. But from a life style perspective, it’s a massive change.
The unknowns are huge. Uprooting the kids and moving them across the state is no trivial thing. They’ll be completely removed from their friends and activities. There’s big unknowns around the schools and culture which look good on the surface, but that can often be fleeting. And of course my wife and I … are we ready for a much more isolated lifestyle? Do we even know what that means?
Questions questions … decisions decisions … This ain’t easy, folks…