Friday, June 23, 2006

New Adventure

Shoveling never ending inches of snow and trying to tread sheets of crystal like ice in my little SUV became intolerable this past winter. Finally, I found the courage to consider the thought of moving from my home state of Michigan. I called a conference with my husband, and told him that it is time to look for sunnier pastures to call home. One week later I found myself making 30 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to send my husband on his way to beautiful San Antonio Texas to scout around.

I have lived in Michigan all of my life. I've always had a desire to leave and find somewhere exciting to live and make my mark in the world. However, I found myself at age 33 still living in Michigan and becoming somewhat attached to the idea of never leaving. I began to become complacent living in the confines of the little world that I had created for myself. I thought that I could continue to work as a social worker and find a nice community in the suburbs of Detroit to purchase a home. Like most people, I decided to make the best of what I had going on for myself. But fate had a different plan laid out for me. In Feburary of this year my husband was laid off from his job where he'd been employed for over 10 years. One week later the mental health program that I was working for decided to make some cut backs and I was one of them. My husband and I had to make some decisions and fast. We talked about how we always wanted to move to a warmer state where snow is just something they see on tv. We wanted to move to a place where we could build a new life for our two children (ages 4 and 14), and most importantly where we could find viable and permanent employment.
We came up with three options: Arizona, Texas, or Tennesee. We researched all three states weighing the pros and cons of what we could based on the amount of information that we could gather in just a weeks time and decided on San Antonio Texas.

We have been here now for about 4 months and it has definitely been an adventure From the long 2 day drive to reach SA from Detroit, to the scorching heat that seems to never end. The one thing that I have found out since I've been here is that San Antonio is full of culture and life, there is plenty of excitement and attractions to keep a person busy for years. There's plenty of picturesque views and festive entertainment to enjoy for a very long time.