We got some pretty big news last week and would love your prayers: Mike's division is being transferred to Dallas in March. He has the option to take a severance or to uproot and move our family to Dallas. No one is more shocked than me, but we're considering moving.
Mike has always wanted to live in Texas, but has never had a reason to relocate, until now. After 40 years in Phoenix, he's ready to try something new. And if the grass isn't greener, we'll reevaluate in a couple of years and return home.
In the meantime, they're sending us out there to check it out in a few weeks. If nothing else, it will be a free vacation. But it could very well be much more than that.
We have every reason to stay in Phoenix. Our home is beautiful and organized. I've been repainting and fixing up the house to make it feel fresh and "new". We love our home. Thousands upon thousands of memories are inside these walls. Two of our kids were born in this home. (Well not IN this home, I'm not that brave.)
Our family is in Phoenix.
Our friends and church community are in Phoenix.
Most of our closest friends live in our neighborhood.
We recently joined the most amazing homeschool co-op.
There is a park on our street with tons of kids and parents everywhere, making it a safe environment for my kids to roam freely. I hear envious comments all the time about the way the kids on our block play together, all ages, both genders, very little drama.
As I type this, Jason has two friends over in our playroom and Kaylin has three friends upstairs coloring pictures of Santa. Ryan is playing football and there are fresh cookies baking in the oven to feed the masses.
My business is crazy busy right now. CRAZY BUSY. My team is wonderful, my parties are ridiculously profitable, I am consistently in the top 50 for sales in my company and have been in the top 10 for many months in a row. Leaving Phoenix would essentially be walking away from my business and starting over.
We love Ryan's football league. Kaylin loves her new dance tour group. We have a great little shopping area up the street where we can escape for an appetizer or meet friends for coffee with 5 minutes notice. I finally found a dentist we trust and an incredible hair dresser. Wait - I'd need to find a new hair dresser!?!? Not good.
But the fact that my un-spontaneous husband is willing to take a risk this huge is a very big deal, so I'm on board! I realize people move across the country all the time, but this is a first for my husband. And when I left Kansas to come to Phoenix, most of my family had already relocated over the course of my four years in college. So this move would be a big deal for both of us.
Please pray that we don't make an emotional decision, in either direction. The safe thing is obviously to stay here, take the severance and look for another job. But there are so many new, exciting possibilities in the idea of relocating, even temporarily.