Sunday, December 12, 2004

Our Next Move

Yes I know it's been awhile since my last blog post. We've had a very eventful last few months. Here's why:
I have big news to share with all of you.... my family and I have very recently decided to relocate to Bakersfield, CA. The decision actually began as a joke after we visited Bakersfield in October. While at a restaurant with my mom, we happened across one of those "Home Preview" magazines. That started a discussion about the difference in home prices (and pace of life) in Bakesfield compared to the L.A. area. When we returned home, we couldn't quite get the idea of moving out of our heads and began to discuss it more seriously. Shortly thereafter (in early November) we decided to take the leap.
You may be wondering why we have decided to make this move. Well, first of all I was born and raised in Bakersfield and the majority of my family is there. They are all non-Christians, so it will be a chance for Chris and the kids and me to see my family more often and hopefully be good examples and witnesses to them. We will also be able to buy a lot more house for our money in Bakersfield, so we'll be saving quite a lot on our monthly budget (approx. $1000 a month!) and also eliminating our debt in the process. We also feel that it will be good to make this transition before Brienna begins school next Fall, and we look forward to a more small-town atmosphere and slightly slower pace of life than here in LA.
Chris will still be commuting to work for LAPD. His drive distance will be quite a bit longer but, thanks to LA traffic, his commute time will actually not change much (it already takes him over an hour to/from work one-way- although we're just over 25 miles from his office). He's putting in for a transfer back to patrol in one of LAPD's Valley divisions, but until that comes through he's still in the Haz Mat Unit.
Finally, we look forward to the opportunity to find a new church home and build new relationships there. Our ties here have recently loosened, since we aren't very involved in our current church and also recently dissolved our bible study group. And of course, this is a great opportunity to re-start my personal CM business and still benefit from having all of my favorite former customers now as part of my downline! I will be distributing the rest of my CM customer base (roughly 300 people) to my downline and re-starting my personal business in Bakersfield. Well, that's it! I hope you'll keep my family in your thoughts and prayers as we prepare for this major transition.


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