Wednesday, November 2, 2011
We should practically be yogis now with the amount of flexibility that our family has learned in this past year! A lot of things are changing for the Newby household. As of October my husband is no longer active duty with the Air Force. We had our ups and downs, just like all military families. His fitness became a concern, while the ridiculous hours and demands were not. So there were no tears regarding his separation. John has since started a new job, basically doing the same thing only having normal set hours, no pending deployments and actually having weekends off! This is a completely foreign concept for us!
This change in career is also bringing on a new location. We will still be in New Mexico, simply farther south. I am so excited to have something to see other than miles of fields and tumbleweeds. We have spent so much time on the high plains that I really wouldn't mind if the wind swept us away. We will still be in the desert only there are mountains! As a Utah girl at heart, there are no words for how happy I am to have a mountain backdrop once again. My photographer spirit is bursting with excitement for the new scenery. It is a welcome change of pace.
We are still in the process of trying to sell our home, the market is not the best but we know that we have a beautiful home that will find the perfect family soon enough. Though, sooner would most certainly be better than later.
As I type John has already moved down to Alamogordo to begin his new job. We are still in Clovis temporarily, but will be joining him soon. We fell in love with a rental home, since we are a bit weary of any further real estate investments at the moment. Give it a year for us to settle in to the civilian world and we just may bite again. But for now, we are very happy with our choice.
I have a jetted garden tub and a walk-in closet. C'mon now. If that isn't nearing heaven I don't know what is.
The biggest transition will be for Kaleb as he'll be switching schools midyear. I remember my family did the same thing my kindergarten year. Sure, it was just across town for us then, but I got all sorts of attention for being the new kid and I loved it. Kaleb is a big fan of the spotlight as well, so I have a feeling he'll use this to his advantage!
We have a great group of friends that have already relocated to the same city, so it is a fabulous bonus to have built-in friends as we jumped off into a new endeavor in life.
I am so excited for the great things to come. I hope to expand my photography business and work much harder on managing my home. It's a challenge, but I'm up for it.
We are very blessed, and even in the times of uncertainty without a formal job offer I knew that everything would work out how it was supposed to in the end. I'm grateful for my faith, and optimism. I might not have survived the past few months without keeping that silver lining mentality. We are looking forward to the new adventures and I will most certainly focus on giving more than quarterly or semi-annual updates!