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).