Thursday, December 4, 2014

Moving to Idaho...Yay!

Opportunity is knocking again! After 15 months in Flagstaff, I have been offered a job in southern Idaho. I certainly wasn't actively looking but a gentleman in Nebraska (whom I have never met) somehow got ahold of my resume and called me. He's what I call a Headhunter which is someone who finds jobs for people and makes money doing it.

He asked if I had ever thought about living in Idaho. Unbeknownst to him, I chuckled. Of course I had! Montana and Idaho were two parts of the American Redoubt that Wifey and I had dreamed of moving to and living our dream.

How would I find the time to go 15 hours north for an interview though? Turns out, the interview was only two hours north of where I go for school two times per semester. I just finished my first semester towards my Masters degree at Weber State University this month. When I found out it was only a short two hour drive from Ogden, Utah I agreed to set up an interview.

A month later I was offered the job. Then I had to figure out where we were going to live. After the fruitless summer in Oklahoma trying to find a home for my large family, I was a little skeptical. I left on Friday at noon and arrived in small town Idaho around 2am. I spent the entire Saturday driving around looking at homes thanks to the efforts of two agents.

As luck (again) would have it, there were two homes (on acreage) that would entertain a lease purchase for us. We finally short-sold our house in the Phoenix area just a few short weeks prior to the interview and my credit score is UGLY now to say the least. One of the two homes offered me a honey-of-a-deal which includes a 3 year 3 month lease to purchase with only $5,000 down.

Where are you going to find a deal like that...on three acres?!? Did I mention that the house is 2400 square feet as opposed to the 1700 we are in now?

So, I gave my 30 day notice two days ago to my employer. It was really hard telling my staff of 55 employees. I love my job and the people I work with and it is really strange leaving a job that you like.

But that fact doesn't change that the past year has been the worst my family has ever seen for personal tragedies. The whole family wants a fresh start in a new town and I'm going to provide that for them because they deserve it. We'll be moving at the end of December.

So, idaho...HERE WE COME!


P.S., I welcome any comments on Idaho and any experience you've had there. We don't know a single soul there but we have met a few folks through YouTube within two hours drive (LDSPrepper, DirtPatchHeaven).


Anonymous said...

I used to live in Preston,I'd.Its very beautiful and the people are friendly. Lots of free camp grounds fairly close to town. This a also where the movie Napolean dynamite was filmed.Some of the locals were in this movie.

Marivene said...

We used to live in Idaho Falls. We were there for 21 1/2 years, & DH grew up there. It's a great place to live, but jobs aren't what they used to be there.

Jason and Michelle said...

My husband graduated this past July from BYUI. He loved Idaho, he really like the idaho falls area. He just wasn't able to find any jobs in that area.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Idaho my freind. I think you will like it. I'll be happy to give you any hints or tricks. But it is pretty simple here in Idaho. mind your own business and be ready to help. Survive a winter or two and show you will stick and folks will help you!

kymber said...

this is such wicked awesome and super cool news! take jamie's (myadventuresinselfreliance above) offer. she is an awesome prepper and she can definitely sort you out. i am so very happy for you and congratulations seems like too small of a word! but congratulations anyway! i wish you and your family all of the best!!!

your friend,

Dizzy-Dick said...

Good luck on your latest move.

JMD said...

Best to all of you as you set out on your new adventure! Kudos.

Allison said...

Congrats! I heard it from my husband! I'm so excited for you guys!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Idaho.
You will like it here, the people are friendly and genuine.
Research the water restrictions where you are relocating to.
They would not work for me and my family so we moved to northern Idaho.
Good luck with the move.

Rich said...

LIved in Idaho Falls and later in Pocatello 30 years ago. My favorite place in the world and thinking of going back when I retire. Great weather and great people.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

These are all VERY uplifting messages. We are really excited to move up north and look forward to the day we're seen as locals.

Anonymous said...

moved to idaho 6 years ago from east texas after much prayer. no family here. best decision we have ever made. love it. also better carreer results as well. I am lds, so works for me, but i have met the best people of any denomination here. Twin falls area.

OrangeJeepDad said...

Excellent! We are praying for the exact same outcome.

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