Saturday, September 27, 2008

Back to the beginning of the story...

As I was getting "We have moved" cards ready to mail out, I realized that there were many people who did not know how this move came about, or how God orchestrated this whole move.

It all started when after a couple of years trying to decide, we finally decided to try to sell our house of 21 years and move to a different house but still in the same area. We decided to do some upgrading but not much. We left the carpeting and countertops, which were originals, for the new owners to take care of. I only mention this because it is just one of the many testimonies to how God worked this all out.

So, we decided on a realtor, which our long time friend from Illinois, John Greener, helped us pick out, being a career realtor himself, he offered to do the interviewing for us. That was a HUGE help to us! Jennifer was a wonderful realtor, but what she said when she signed up with us was that there were around 240 homes within a 3 mile radius of our house, in our same price range, up for sale also and it could be a struggle selling it. We thought about putting it up for rent, but decided that would be option B if things didn't work out.

So, on June 3rd we put the house up for sale. On June 4th we had an offer. We counter-offered, and by June 6th we had sold our house!! It was AMAZING!! Right about this time, Dan came home from work and said "Want to hear something funny? Guess what I got asked at work today? They want to know if I want to interview for a 3 year rotation job in Washington D.C. " I said,"Washington D.C. ? Huh." not being very excited. But the more I thought about it, I thought, well, why not? Our house just sold, the kids are settled (and no grandchildren yet) So I told Dan what I was thinking and I said"Let's ask the kids how they feel about it." He did and each in their own way, said "go for it!" He was amazed at our responses and decided to put his hat in the ring for the job. At this point, we began laying our future before the Lord, wondering how He would lead us.

The official interview was Mon. June 23rd, but it was going to be at least 3 weeks before we heard the outcome. So in the meantime we were looking for houses to move into "just in case". So every weekend we had our realtor taking us out to look for houses. Alot of times the kids would go with us to look. We looked at over40 houses during that time and surprise, surprise, we never found one that was "the one".

Our prayers during this time included asking God to give us peace (which He did ABUNDANTLY!!) and for us not to get attached to a house before we found out about the job. Looking back, we now believe that God was preventing us from finding a home in the Seattle area.

The first date for the interview results was Mon. June 30th. That came and went with no decision. The next date was Mon. July 7th. Again, no decision. By this time we were getting a little nervous because we knew the closing date on the house was looming (July 25) and we still didn't know where we were going to live. Two days later, Dan got a call saying he was going to D.C.!!

Well, we had an answer, but now we had to get moving on things! Boeing has an awesome relocation package and we knew they would be moving us out there, but with the fact we had to be out of our house in 2 weeks made things a little iffy. Do we pack up our own things, or can Boeing get their contracted movers lined up within the next couple of weeks to come out? Where will we live for 1 1/2 months until Dan had to be on the job in D.C. on Sept. 15th. We were going to get rid of our old furniture which was pretty worn down and get new things when we got to D.C., did we keep it and move into an apt. or go ahead with selling it and move into an extended stay hotel?

All of these questions going on knowing we were going to have to be out of the house by July 25th, but God worked again and the closing got pushed back a week to Aug. 4th. So we decided we would let the furniture go and after moving out we would move into the Residence Inn for a month. Our contact at Boeing called us on Thurs. July 31st to let us know the movers would be there the next day. So on Fri., Aug. 1st the movers packed us up, on Sat. they loaded us up and on Sun. the whole family met at the house to say goodbye. Lots of memories in that house after 21 years!!

Dan and I flew out to D.C. Aug. 9th on a house hunting trip, also provided by Boeing. We looked at 35 houses in 3 days, decided on one( in Virginia, about 25 miles away from Dan's office which is in Rosslyn across the Potomac River from D.C.), put in an offer and were able to sign the escrow papers and get in some sight seeing of D.C. all in one week!!

After returning to Seattle, Dan was busy finishing up his job and showing the new person how things were done. I ended up working at the school for 3 weeks because they didn't hire anyone to take my place until a couple of days before school started and there was LOTS to do! There again God blessed me because it gave me a chance to say goodbye to families, kids, and staff I had worked with for 15 years.

We also took this opportunity to take a mini vacation with the kids to Whistler,B.C.. We had a GREAT time- check out the pictures on the blog! We were able to also still be in town to celebrate Kacie's momentous 21st birthday!!

The kids blessed us with a marvelous going away party on Sat., Sept. 6th (which we were blown away with the number of people who came to wish us well) and we left Seattle to our new adventure on Mon. Sept. 8th.

So what IS this job Dan has that has moved us across the country?? It is a 3 year rotation job as I mentioned before. His title is "Director of Aviation and Regulatory Affairs for Boeing Commercial Airplanes". Which means he brings the technical expertise to the Wa DC office of Boeing policy makers. Working as a liason between the Boeing Puget Sound offices and the Boeing Washington D.C. office.

So, we are on a new adventure! We would love to have you come visit us while we are here for the next 3 years. We bought a house with plenty of space for visitors!!


Sarah Taylor said...

Thank you for sharing the whole story - amazing. This post made me get teary-eyed, simply because of all the details that "fell" into place. Your story strenghthens my faith. I miss and love you guys. (We hung out with Matt and Callie last night, it was so fun!)

Tara Severson said...

Thanks for sharing your story. We had a girls night dinner last night. It was so good to see Callie (and Matt too) still hard to believe I have known Callie since 5th grade. You must be very proud of the women she has grown up to be. You should check out my blog sometime. I have a very cute little boy I like to show off.

MarlysDon said...

This story is what God is all about...moving us along even when we don't know the path or the why's of things!! Marvelous story! You will have amazing stories to tell us on this blog I suspect!
Nice to see that you are out absorbing lots of local history! That is where our country began out there on the East coast!