It's been a week since we got back from KS and Bret's first formal interview and we are just now starting to feel caught up and back to normal. It was the most whirlwind, overwhelming, and exciting trip to KS we have ever had.
I want to thank our sisters, my mom, and especially Bret's parents. I don't know how we would have survived the trip without them. Bret and I ran from brunch to meetings with school principals, to shopping for homes with a real estate agent, to dinner with community leaders. Knowing that my kids were safe, well taken care of, and still having a lot of fun was a huge relief and something I didn't have to think twice about. If I had to worry about the three kids it would have all been too much and a much less successful trip.
We had gathered so much information in such a short period of time that Bret and I couldn't even talk about it on our 3 hour drive back to the airport. We just needed the quiet to digest everything.
Everyone was so nice and so helpful. We loved the town, the people, the hospital. We gained a lot of information about the different schools. We learned a lot about the local housing market which was important. We also talked to a loan officer at a local bank about a doctor mortgage which is awesome news for us. We ended the trip with a job offer that we are seriously thinking about.
It is a lot to take in. Thinking about where we are going to move and live is huge. We want to make smart choices. It is so exciting yet so very scary at the same time. When we start talking about money and buying a house it gets very stressful. The good news is that the hospital is offering a very generous moving allowance and separate from that they will pay for two different housing hunting trips back to KS if necessary. I can' t say enough about how accommodating they have been. The future is looking great.
The crazy part is that we can't stay focused on the future entirely. Our lives are still happening and are keeping us so busy. With open houses, class field trips, Bret's call schedule, soccer, and Halloween/class parties around the corner and happening all the time we barely have time to breath. I have had a awful cold for weeks now that just won't go away and I am exhausted. For the first time in a long time I have been having stress headaches that just won't go away.
It is during times like these that I realize how many coping techniques we have learned these last few years. We recognize the stress and take things one day at a time. Although we are both feeling the pressure we have learned to not take things out on each other. Instead we plan a fun trip to pick pumpkins.