Things have been crazy lately. But that’s the excuse everyone uses these days, isn’t it? Life is just plain busy anyway you look at it. So busy in fact that I can’t believe I’ve failed to mention all of our most recent exciting news on this here blog of mine. I’ll stick to my original excuse– that life has been crazy lately– but I’ll also add that the holidays have just added to the madness. You know how it goes. You’re expected here there and everywhere and then suddenly you surface above the mounds of wrapping paper and hello– welcome back to the real world!
(Can you tell I’m a wee bit excited for the holiday hustle and bustle to be over with? Bah humbug!)
One thing I did learn amongst all of this crazy is that good things always come when you least expect it. Good things usually come when you’ve completely given up hope, sighed and decided to just quit whining and be as happy as you can with where you are in your life, even though it’s not exactly where you want to be. That’s how it happened for us most recently anyways.
Good Thing #1: I Accepted a New Job!
I was hired for my first nursing job on my birthday, March 7th, last year. It was the best birthday present I could’ve asked for and I’ve learned so, so much working there over the past 9 months. A nursing home isn’t necessarily where I wanted to be, but I knew that I need to gain experience in the nursing field before trying for anything I really, truly wanted. Around the 6 month mark, I started applying for anything and everything I could find. We have two relatively large hospitals here in La Crosse and I had my sights set on one of them in particular. Ever since I started college in La Crosse in 2008, I’ve dreamed of working for Gundersen Lutheran. I don’t know what it is about the hospital, but it’s always attracted me. After applying for countless jobs, I finally landed an interview. And then another. And then another. It wasn’t until that third interview, though, that I was finally offered a job! I’ll be starting in the clinic float pool at Gundersen Lutheran on January 19th.
It’s with a heavy heart that I’ll be leaving my current job and I’ll miss my sweet residents and co-workers like crazy, but I’m so happy to really be following my heart, my dreams and doing what’s right for my family. With this clinic position, I’ll no longer have to work weekends or holidays. After having to work Christmas– not working holidays is especially appealing!
Good Thing #2: We Found a House to Rent!
We hadn’t really planned on renting here. As most of you know, we’ve been living with Cory’s dad since we moved to the La Crosse area in February. It wasn’t the most ideal situation, but it was cost-effective considering we’d still be paying our mortgage as well as other expenses on our house in Minnesota while it was on the market. It bode well for the time being, but after having our house on the market for 4 months, we decided that it likely wasn’t going to sell anytime soon as we should probably start looking for a place of our own to rent. The prices for what we wanted were really more than we wanted to spend, but then Cory stumbled upon a listing on Craiglist for a house literally two blocks away from where we were living. Just when we had almost given up hope on finding an affordable house, this one appeared. I spoke with the owner and submitted our rental application but grew worried about the likelihood of acceptance since they really would rather not have a dog (we have a chocolate lab named Bentley) and we would require a month-to-month lease or a lease with a buy-out option. However, he called me back that night and offered us the house and we signed our lease a couple of days later.
We’re still in the process of moving in and still have some furniture to buy, but it’s really coming together. This house is the perfect combination of old charm and new updates and I’m absolutely smitten with it. I’m beyond excited for us to add our own personal touches to make it ours for the time being and finally have a place of our own again.
Good Thing #3: We Accepted an Offer on Our House!
Literally 50 minutes before we signed our lease for the house mentioned above, I received a call from Cory. He had just gotten off the phone with our realtor and we should be accepting an offer on our house in the next day or two. That’s just how our luck goes, my friends! I literally just laughed and said something to the tune of “Are you f%$#ing kidding me?” (If we’re just being honest.) If all goes as planned (knock on wood) we should be closing around February 16th at the very latest.
Now you may ask, well why would you continue to rent if your house is going to sell within the next couple of months? Well, now we have more time to really look for the house that we want and need or we even have the option of building if we choose. It’s really been a dream of Cory’s to build a house and I’d really love to as well. The whole idea just stresses me out a smidge!
All in all, we’ve been blessed beyond belief in 2014. I look back on everything we accomplished and all the amazing things that came our way and I can’t help but smile. I know 2015 is going to be just as amazing (if not more) and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us.
I always wondered if it was only bad things that came in 3’s, but now after these three blessings– I know good things can come in 3’s, too.