Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cart Before the Horse . . Or worst kept secrets.

This post has been a long time coming. And it might just be the most delayed post I have ever written. I wrote it MONTHS ago. I mean, MONTHS, but I am finally ready to post it. And so. . .here it is. It is probably the worst kept secret in my life, but I am ready to put it out there for everyone to see.

I don't think it will be shocking to ANYONE. Especially after my LAST post, but here it is.

Spring is my favorite time of year. Maybe it is because it is my Birthday! Maybe it is because I love the blooming flowers. Maybe it is because my Anniversary is in the spring! Maybe it is because the world seems to start anew. Maybe it is all because of new beginnings I have had, and I have had lots.

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you would know that the past couple (3) years have been a big challenge for our family in many, many ways. If you don't know, you can read about it HERE.

Things seemed to calm down right around the time that Kaylie was born. However, they really didn't. That year Peter started a new job, we moved (for the 9th time in 10 years), and Peter embarked on doing a Master's Degree along with working full time. With a brand new baby, it was a lot to take on. Extreme stress and long hours became the name of the game. Not to mention, there still seemed to be a bit of "un-rest" with our new situation. It didn't sit well with Peter and he was uncertain our lives were moving in the right direction. Oy.

That was hard for me. (And him) Because we had been trying to get back on our feet for several months. Trying to re-group. Trying to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. Trying to "buck-up". But even though he got a job (not a great one) and was re-careering, we still felt like we weren't quite there yet. We figured it was just because we were busier than ever, and in a job that was several steps backward. He interviewed, and interviewed, and interviewed. We even had several "final interview"s and we never got the offer. Something was still standing in our way, and we weren't sure what.

In November, Peter was laid off.
It wasn't what we were expecting.
He was only a year into his Master's Program, that his job was paying for.
It was the main reason we were at that job.
At first, it seemed like a curse.
Then we realized, it was a blessing.
This was our big chance.
To make it right.

Our family was reeling from the news, and once again faced with uncertainty. Or, continued with uncertainty, or increased our uncertainty. Been there? For three years? Really? It's not fun.

We have earned our stripes, and made it through. I am not going to say it was completely without scars, but I can say, we are stronger. We have finally chosen a direction to go, and almost feel compelled. Which is such a relief after years of uncertainty and question. Our new "trajectory" is taking us to a new place. A new STATE.


I can hardly believe it as I type that. Peter and I have lived in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Washington, Arizona and now we are going to add California to our repitore. I can honestly say that neither one of us has EVER had a desire to live in the state. Don't get me wrong, it is a great place to visit, but I can honestly say, it wouldn't be our first choice, but it is now.

And we are going.

We feel peace. More peace that we have felt in a long time. We were scared, and took painstaking measures to make sure this was the right thing for our family. We have done countless hours of research and know exactly what to expect, and how it is going to go down.

But it has been decided, and it is final.

We are going to California.

And we are going to open a new franchise in a little town called Temecula.

And that franchise is one that we know well, and love, and have researched a TON.

It is:

Ever heard of it?


abbyandcompany said...

You are going to love it! Cant wait to hear about your new adventures. BTW, your constant moving around is making me feel good about us always moving around! :)

liz said...

hooray! I miss california terribly, I think you will love it there.

AIsom said...

We used to live in Rancho Santa Margirita just over the hill from there, we would go over the hill to shop at the outlet stores, We loved our 3 years in CA it was a great time for most of my family. Best of luck to you and yours

Nicky said...

So happy for your family. This is wonderful news. Love Papa Murphy's so much I wish I had one!!! Good Luck. May Heavenly Father continue to bless you and your family!

Mary said...

SOOO glad to hear you are at peace and that the new adventure can be an adventure vs a big trial! Love you oodles girl and wish you the best!

Jeanelle said...

So exciting (and not just because I love delite pizzas so much!) Saying lots of prayers that things calm down for your family SOON!

Charms by Buffie said...

BEST of luck to you guys!!! YES! Papa Murphy's is HUGE in Albuquerque, NM. We eat there EVERY time we go back there. It's my hubby's most favorite pizza place! Glad I can still keep up with you guys via blogger!!!!

The Grant Family said...

Yes, I've heard of Papa Murphy's and I LOVE IT! I love that you can get more gourmet type toppings on a pizza thats still a decent price. And I've heard of Temecula...even lived kind of near it when we were in Riverside. of luck on your new adventures! Sounds like a good one!!!

The Grant Family said...

Yes, I've heard of Papa Murphy's and I LOVE IT! I love that you can get more gourmet type toppings on a pizza thats still a decent price. And I've heard of Temecula...even lived kind of near it when we were in Riverside. of luck on your new adventures! Sounds like a good one!!!

jessica said...

As much as I love my life here in LL, I could really use a dose of California...or Arizona...or any place that is warm for more than 8 weeks out of the year!

I am excited for your new adventure...truly happy for you.

Danika said...

Glad it's all coming together. We will miss you, but I know it's the right thing for your family. We will have to call you when we are in Huntington Beach and you guys can come out to the beach and we can hang out & catch up!

Kirsten said...

If you were in Sandpoint, Kirk would definitely keep you in business. Best of luck!

The Platt's said...

Congrats on California, the new start, the new business, etc.! It makes me happy to know that you are at peace with the decision that you've made. We LOVE Papa Murphy's! We've looked at a bunch of is something we have always wanted to do. Some day I'll fill you in on all of our crazy adventures. I look forward to hearing about your great sucess!

cher said...

You can do it!! I hope this will be the start of your 'peaceful' era. Work, children, home, etc...
btw, I love your labels at the bottom of the post. Really... they say it all. :)

Tammy said...

I'm so happy for you. I think Papa Murphys is great! You'll enjoy CA. Three of my siblings live there.

Andrea said...

I'm so happy that things are working out for you. I lived in CA for my first 26 years of my life, it's not so bad. My parents still live in Rancho Cucamonga which is about 45 mins from Temecula. My cousin lives out there now and she loves it. We will miss you!

Lauren in GA said...

I clicked on all of the links so I could see all of the houses that you listed in the last post and I NEVER noticed that they were in California. I'm not so observant, huh?

CONGRATS on your move! It sounds exciting!

Elizabeth said...

Oh Good luck with your move and new adventures.
My hubby and I are having some uncertainties and job stress at the moment and ummm you deserve a medal (or something much better) for doing it for 3 YEARS. I would be mental by that time.
Again good luck and all the best. I hope California is all that you hope it to be.

Arian said...

Wow!!! What exciting news! Congrats on all the change and the happiness that it is obviously bringing you and your family. Hope you guys have loads of success. We LOVE Papa Murphy's! :)

Lindsay said...

Papa Murphy is my favorite place for Hawaiian Pizza...noone else does it as well! I am so happy for the peace you and Peter are feeling now that you are moved. I think that peace is well earned!


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