Good-Bye Big DHello Big A (i.e. Austin)
The big news is that we're moving to Austin. Can you believe it? It seems so easy to type those words out on this blog like it's no big deal but actually it is a HUGE deal!!!
Clay and I have put a TON of thought into this before we finally made the decision. We've basically exhausted ourselves thinking and talking about it. The whole thought process took place over about 4 or 5 months. It's been a wild ride and a very hard decision. In the end, we decided to go and take advantage of the opportunity that has presented itself to us.
So, what exactly is taking us to Austin? Clay has been offered a fabulous position with a great firm in Austin. Clay has had many other great opportunities in the past and he still looks back and thinks "Should I have pursued that opportunity". We didn't want to look back anymore so this time we are pursuing the opportunity. I'm very excited for Clay and his new career ahead of him and hope it turns out to be everything he wants it to be.
The hard part about all of this is our family and friends live in Dallas. Plus, we LOVE our house. So, there were definitely some pros and cons lists being made. Unfortunately, the lists didn't do much good. Why? Well, the pros outweighed the cons by far but the tricky thing was that the cons of moving were all of the emotional investments that you just can't weigh out on a list. Once the decision was finally made, there were lots of tears but we are now both very excited. Thank goodness for all the support we have received from friends and families.
This brings me to the book "Who's Your City?". Molly and Ben introduced us to this book a while ago. The author gives a very interesting prospective as to why we should put more thought into the city we choose to live. Basically, his thought process is that where you live should be one of our three major life decisions (along with choosing a spouse and career) and in fact can have a strong effect on the other two. But most people give this little thought or at least not like we do love and work. So, we've started analyzing this point and began giving it the thought it deserves. With that, we don't know if Austin will be our city but we'll give it a shot.
So, this is one of the things that has made our lives so INSANE lately. Try to put a house on the market with a 11 month old. FYI...NOT FUN!!! We felt like our lives were taken away from us while "the troops" were constantly stomping through our house invading our privacy. And, trying to keep everything immaculate on a daily basis was merely impossible. But, we did it....somehow. Luckily, by day 3 of our house being on the market we had 4 offers. Wowsers!!! I guess our love for our house is legit. Can you believe that in this market?!?!?!? Basically, it looks like we'll get above asking price...it was all kind of crazy. So, it appears the move will come much quicker than we initially expected. I'll keep everyone updated on all the details and fun to come.