Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Results are In!

And we're headed to.... Illinois! 

Go Fighting Illini! Woot Woot!

I'm so proud of Jedediah for all his hard work- throughout his entire life- in order to get us here. He has made great sacrificies for me- even before we met. I could go on and on about how awesome I think he is- but most people reading this agrees- he's a pretty cool cat. 

Anyways- to the Midwest we go! 

Our tenative plans are to move to Illinois mid July (appox. the 14th). My family has their reunion (held only every 3 years) that same week- so my brother from Washington is also headed to Illinois. We are going to rent a small trailer and hitch it up to their van. I'm so grateful for this! Even using a company like ABF which we've heard is one of the cheaper moving companies (aside from renting a truck) is still around $1200. We'll be saving nearly $1000 by renting the trailer. Thanks BRO! {Not to mention it will be nice to caravan with them!}

Then we'll stay with my Grandmother until we move in to Champaign {hopefully August 1st but no later than August 20th}

We are hoping to move in to a complex called Winfield village. My sister and her family lived there when they were also going to the U of I, and Jed and I have since fallen in love with it.
 {Cross your fingers! We are in Round 2 of the application process} 

We also haven't secured a job for Jedediah while we're there- but he does have several leads and is hoping that something will come together- and soon- ideally something with some sort of tuition reimbursement.  

If we don't move to Winfield Village- we don't have a back up planned. If it doesn't work out (which sounds like it will) but if it doesn't- we'll just search online (Craigslist etc) to find something last minute. 

I really hope it doesn't come to this- I'm not one to do things last minute- but I'm trying to "go with the flow."

When we get settled- I'll start looking for a college or university for me to attend. I really, really want to finish my degree. I have sorely missed school and am looking forward to going back as soon as possible. I haven't begun to look at any schooling options because there are so many other things to focus on. But as soon as we get there- Jed starts school, then I will try and figure something out. 

Our plan is also to switch PK to a toddler bed and potty train him when we move (not during the move {I'm not that crazy!} but when we get there.) He has shown signs of potty training- but I don't even want to think about it more until he's 2 (he'll turn 2 in August.) 

We'll be at the University of Illinois for 6 years. WOW. That seems like a really long time. PK will be getting baptized when Jed is done there. crazy. 

As of right now- I'm feeling pretty good. We really don't have all that much settled- we basically know that Jed is attending the University of Illinois for the Fall 2012- but we don't know all the ins and outs of getting there, where we'll live, what we'll do for income, how we'll pay for the schooling, if I'll go to school and where etc. etc. etc.....

But surprisingly I feel fine. We have been praying about this decision of almost a year now. It's a BIG decision. There were a lot of choices to make- and still are. I am so grateful for personal revelation. I'm grateful for a husband who doesn't rush me and allows me all the time I need to process each step. I'm grateful for an all-knowing Heavenly Father who at times gives us glimpses of the future. He lets us have an opinion in the matter, and just asks us to trust His decision. 

And trust we will. 


Katelyn said...

Yeah!! How exciting! I hope that you guys will figure everything out! If you guys aren't working and living off of student loans, you should qualify for government assistance, so you don't have to starve or not have insurance! Also, if you don't qualify for his student/work insurance or if it's too expensive, then look into state-funded health insurance programs. Indiana has one, and has been what I've used this past year.

Again, good luck! I'm sure everything will work out... And if you ever have reason to come to Indianapolis, I think we might be here for another 3 years. :)

Hartsheart2heart said...

AWESOME post!! So inspirational!