Thursday, February 18, 2010

Talking about moving....again

Moving is such a process! And such an emotional roller coaster for people like me who get attached to everything, everywhere I go!

I hated living in LA when we were first married, yet I cried when we left and said a somber goodbye to all the things I'd miss. I didn't feel at home in Idaho, either, yet leaving was hard because of all the wonderful people I loved. Now here we are, faced with the idea of having to move again--and my heart is literally ripped in two!

So, it basically comes down to two things which will determine where we move: Jobs and money. It's a hard reality, I know. Welcome to adulthood, I tell myself!
We wanted to move to Hawaii, but we would literally go in deep financial debt just flying over there! I realized that there are so many people out there who can't even find work right now, or are losing their businesses, so why should we put ourselves in such a tight spot just to move? Stupid. Had to rethink our plan! (PLUS, IT JUST WASN'T FEELING RIGHT...YA KNOW?)

We've thought about applying in Oregon, where there's plenty of schools, and also such a beautiful place to live (and an ocean!)! The thought of being closer to my two siblings was exciting! I always dreamed of getting to watch my nieces and nephews grow up.....or at least see them more than once a year.
Micah has always loved Oregon. In fact, we spent our honeymoon bumming around Portland.

I know this post is kind of boring you...but here's my point:
I just want some miracle to happen so we can stay here! We went out to our land last week, and I fell in love with it all over again. I want Micah to get a teaching job here, and for us to start building our home. I don't need Hawaii, or Oregon, or warmer weather, or the ocean, or even a culture that isn't quite as weird as this one. I just want our little family to enjoy life in this gorgeous place, where we can home school our kids in a happy community, raise our garden and farm animals, live our green life, run our community breastfeeding group, explore the great outdoors, serve others around us, watch my kids get dirty outside, and feel free-spirited, and find beauty in all the simple joys of life.
Is that too much to ask for?

Odin getting ready to work!

A fire pit and the view of the mountains from our land.

A shelter Micah built for shade. Roof is made from Cat-tails.

Two very happy, dirty boys, who spent all morning running around in the mud and sage!

p.s. We won't know what jobs are available anywhere, for several more months. So, here we sit, waiting, wishing, wondering.....


redrockmama said...

Well I can say with 100% feeling that I know exactly what you are going through and how you are feeling.

Beautiful pictures and I hope Micah finds a job here too, so you can live your dream!

ashley said...

sounds like you just described a great life! hope it all works out for you guys, you deserve it.

Unknown said...

so I betcha everything will work out so you can stay there! Love you much!

Hilary-Dilary-Dock said...

Sally, I have no advice for you, seeing as how we did move to seek greater opportunities. I will say though, if there is any family I know that invented the phrase "clever and resourceful" it is the Jackson family. I think things will work out there, on your beautiful beautiful land. And if not, Chattanooga, TN needs teachers real bad, and you can come live with me! I will be praying for you! You are an amazing girl!

chelsea mckell said...

Having a perfect life and getting everything you wish for? NO - definitely not too much to ask! =)

Da Denninghoff's said...

Sally I'm beginning to think we are soul sisters. What you are going through, I'm going through. I told Mark if we can't live in Hawaii, I want to live in Oregon. Ashland Oregon to be exact. I think you would love it! Very down to earth town, and absolutely gorgeous! I'm not sure where we will be in a few months only time will tell.

Sarah said...

Hope you can find something soon, so you can start your dreaming and planning! We drove past that thing the other day and were trying to figure out what was on the roof. Too funny that it's yours!!! :)

Shelley said...

Just found your blog accidentally through another persons blog through typing simple living Tonga!! How crazy is that??!! Anyway, I have really loved reading through your posts and so much of what you say resonates with me. We are just selling our house now to move into an RV for awhile. But I SO want a community of people like myself to hang with (God-centered, simple living, eco-types) and would love to grow my own food year round. Anyway...we are at the same place you are...have no idea what will be next. Have searched out eco-villages, strawbale homes etc. etc. As long as we are together as family, and living for Christ and seeking his will, then we can really do no wrong and it will all work out...just that wondering period...

Sally Jackson said...

Shelley, that sounds dreamy--an eco-village of like-minded, God-centered friends. I hope everything works out for you on your journey.
Funny you should mention strawbale...that's what my husband wants to build our house out of.

Nita- Maybe someday we'll both end up in Ashland! That would be fun!