For a while, Joel had been unhappy with his job. He liked who he worked with but had a hard time in his position. He was ready for a change but wasn’t sure what he wanted. We had been talking about it for months and I had asked for him to wait until the girls were born before switching. I knew we would need time off and I didn’t want a new job to interfere with our special time.
We started looking at houses in October and did not find a house until the end of November. It was not what we were hoping the search would be. Joel and I wanted a finished house with little to no remodeling projects. We were still in the process of remodeling our current home and taking care of our newborns. Houses were very hard to come by in Midland because it was a booming city. Many people were waiting for six plus months to get into apartments. Others were living in hotels or RVs outside of town. So we decided we needed to take what we could get. Joel loved the house we put an offer on but I was not as happy. Again, I didn’t want those remodels and it was a full remodel. Even though I didn’t like it, buying this house meant that we could be together instead of the girls and I staying with my parents and Joel coming up without us.
We were very worried about putting our house up for sale in Houston where the market wasn’t as good. Luckily it was only on the market for fifteen days before an offer was made. Our house was sold with that first offer. We moved three days after Christmas. The moving truck came on the 27th to load up our entire house. It took eight or nine hours to pack everything on the truck. After they loaded the truck they told Joel that they needed to unload at our new house starting at eight am the next morning. They would be leaving Houston at midnight so someone had to be there. That meant that Joel had to leave that night. So, Joel loaded up the rest of his truck and left Houston at around 6 pm. The girls and I went to my mom’s to stay the night.
We left the next morning. The girls did really good on the eight hour journey to Midland. I felt so blessed that my best friend decided to ride with me. I am not sure what I would have done without her on that journey. My mom and step-dad followed me up to help with the move. After eight hours in the car, we were very happy to finally get to our new home. Luckily we had movers that came to help us, otherwise I am not sure what I would do with packing and moving with two little ones. My family was able to help us unpack majority of the boxes over the weekend before they headed back to Houston. It was really hard to see them go because we were not sure when we would get to visit with them again.
I am having a hard time with the move and my family leaving and living in this new house. I have been really emotional and take it out on Joel. As much as this job and opportunity is good for him, it is really hard on me. I had planned on working and staying in Houston and now I don’t know anyone and only talk to the girls all day. I feel really incomplete and spend most of my day upset or frustrated. I think it’s going to take me a while to get excited about this new change. I know it is good for us but it’s hard to see it right now.