Saturday, June 03, 2006

Minnesota or bust.....















Yeah, I know.....it's been a long time since I have posted and to all two of you who read this I say 'sorry!' I have been preoccupied with other matters over the last few months. Julie and I have had a desire to move to Minnesota for a few years now. Minnesota?? It gets COLD there. Are we insane? Possibly. I hail from the Land of 10,000 Lakes (even though I was born in Iowa and grew up mostly in California....shhhhh! Don't tell anyone) and I have lots-o-family back there. It is also a beautiful state with a lot to offer in my opinion. Slower pace of life, cheaper cost of living, four seasons, and super friendly people. Even with the desire to move, we have just been too chicken to do anything about it, until this year.

Events occurred earlier in the year that put things into motion. We felt that if we were ever going to pull something like this off, we needed to do it soon or never go down that path. We did not want to do this when our kids were older and would possibly resent such a major life change. The timing was ripe and we decided to go for it. I started looking for jobs back there at the end of February. I would spend at least a hour on the computer every night after work, scouring the job boards, which is why I haven't posted to the blog. Finally, things started coming together in May. Julie and I went back to Minnesota to look for homes and I had a final interview with what seems to be a great company. They offered me the job and Julie and I found a home in a new development! That is us up there putting the sold sticker on the plot map. We also sold our home in just 3 days! We will be living in Shakopee, MN. which is a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Our target moving date is right after Father's Day. Our home will be done Aug. 15th and we will be staying with family in the interim.

We are really excited about the move and sad at the same time. We will be leaving Julie's family out here, my Mom and Dad (until they move back too), my sister, and some really good, good friends. People that I can't imagine doing life without. It won't be easy. There is soooo much to say about this, one post can't contain it all. So, keep checking back as I post updates about what we are going through during packing up and getting ready to leave. I also hope to post updates on the road back to Minnesota.

6 comments:

Debbie Petersen said...

I'm so happy for you guys. God seems to be putting everything right in place for your family. You will be truly missed by myself and many others.

Anonymous said...

I'm one of those two people who read your blog. I'm going to miss you brother! May your life be blessed as you pursue God in Minnesota!!!

Mike Taylor

Jon Hall said...

Surprise dude! I'm the THIRD person to read this thing!

Tony, I'm going to miss you. Up-Front will never be the same. I will miss your wit and sense of humor (dude, you really ARE funny, don't let them tell you any different). I'll miss your passion and your conviction. I'll miss your courage, your willingness to get out of the boat, and your passion for what is good and true.

I hope you continue to blog. I promise, you can count me as your loyal third reader. I pray you find what you're looking for, and that God's guidance and presence is with you and your family always.

Jon

Mike Pena said...

I think there was more than two of us...you will be missed

Tony said...

Thanks guys & lady! I appreciate the warm words & thoughts. I will miss all of you......

Nana said...

ok i'm going to try this again - new at blogging?! So, just when I thought I had cried my last tears I had to go and read this:) Glad to hear things are going well (sort of anyway). Keep safe - looking forward to your updates! Remember how much you are all loved!

Always, Mom (Nana)