Have you ever been in a battle that seems like no mater what you do, you can't win? You can see what it is that needs to be done, but yet still you can't pull the trigger. That is where I am sitting right now. Let's catch you up with what has been going on this past year or so.
First, I'm sorry I haven't been writing as much as I use to. I miss this, but I started school again. Between school and work and family, time was very limited. Then we moved (I'll explain in a little bit). Now I am student and I'm doing side businesses (ebay and pampered chef) and seeking employment. Time seems to keep escaping me. I question though how much of that time that I let escape me is my own fault. I feel trapped at the moment and it's been a struggle in this fight.
Let me back up a little bit, let's start from the beginning of where my struggles began. It was about September of last year when Kate and I decided it was time to sell the house. The market was hot, our house's value had gone up dramatically, and we had bills we wanted to eliminate. We figured we would be able to sell the house, make a decent profit and take care of our debt, and then rent a house by Washington (where we lived) for a few years while we waited for the market to come back down to normal.
Plans are funny, you think you have a blueprint about what you are going to do, then you're given a new book. From there everything was flipped around. We sold our house, quickly. The house was on the market for one day when we received our first offer. I think it was 24 hours later we had a second, better offer on the house. That's how good this market is. The second offer was over asking price so we accepted it.
Alright, house sold, check. Next step was to find a house to rent that would be affordable. Nothing. No one seemed to be renting out houses anymore. At least not 4 bedroom houses. The few that were on the market were ridiculously priced. Mind you when we were planning this previously we had seen some houses at a decent price, so we weren't going in blind. The market just jumped quicker than anticipated. While looking at houses my brother-in-law sent my wife some properties that were affordable and very nice. Only problem, they were in Pennsylvania.
Before I go into this deeper, I want to say I do miss everyone back in Washington. I had wonderful people around me and some great examples to look up too. But after prayer (I already had a feeling this was were we were going) and a visit to the temple, my wife told me this was what we needed to do. We started to pack and look for housing in Pennsylvania. We said our goodbyes and took off from Washington.
The trip was amazing, we were able to stop by my brothers house and see him, my mother, and my uncle before leaving. It was nice to see them. We then took our 26 foot Penske truck north and went through Spokane (I won't miss that city), then we headed east. We drove through some very beautiful land going through Idaho and Montana. From there we continued to Wyoming. In Wyoming we stopped at an awesome motel, below is a picture.
After Wyoming we spent some time at Mount Rushmore. We wanted to try and make this trip memorable so we decided to make the stop, which was great. One of the problems that I was personally running into however, was that I was starting to eat a lot and not watching what it was I was eating. I had been doing so good for so long, I was starting to slip on my eating habits. When you are on the road, you want things you can quickly grab. Well I also had food all around me so I could stay away and stay focused. This was the beginning of losing my grip on my weight, at this point I was still under 200 pounds and feeling pretty good.
Eventually we made it all the way to Pennsylvania. The trip had a lot of good memories. I was surprised at how well my kids ended up handling the long trip. It's been a blessing since because trips have become even easier since then. So we were now in Pennsylvania, now I could rebound and remove the moving weight I had put on, or so was the hope.
I will continue this with part 2 tomorrow.