We have a little Green family tradition for the month of September. It isn't a yearly thing--but it has happened 4 times in our married life, and only in September.
Change is coming.
We love it here in Michigan. I mean seriously, look at this! Can you believe this is only an hour away?!We love our friends, our ward, our home, and its beaches. We love ultimate frisbee games on Saturday morning. And lakes. And trees. And affordable homes. But our grand plan has always included grad school for Christian. Our original plan was to head back to school full-time after one year here in Michigan, but we were having too much fun and put it off a year. Last Fall, Christian started applying. Last Spring, he was accepted to University of Michigan--a top 10 school for MBAs. Did you know grad school is really, really expensive? Especially nice schools? His boss asked that before he quit work, he apply to a few jobs-promotions-that might give him some good leadership opportunities and keep him in the company. To be nice, he did...He applied to several positions, both in Michigan and out. When he applied, I called school districts to find out if we could actually live in these places. He was offered a few jobs (and turned them down because I didn't like the areas) and found a few jobs he'd really liked and wasn't offered. In the end, the cost of grad school won out over the fun and excitement of being a student and starting something new. He has accepted a job with the same company in Auburn, Indiana (about 1.5 hours away from here).
September is the month for new jobs. When we lived in Provo, we spent our last summer income-less while he interviewed all over the country. The job offer came in September and we moved in October to Baltimore (we loved living there, but didn't really love Rachel's first surgery/hospital horror). That following September, Christian took a job with his current company and exactly one year after moving to Maryland, we headed to NC and bought our first home. And I got pregnant. 11 months after moving to Shelby, Christian was approached about a promotion--and he flew to MI to interview while I was in the hospital after Aaron was born. While we got the job in September, we stayed in NC until early January--waiting until Rachel's surgery #3 and 4 were completed.
And that takes us to now. September. We've lived here almost as long as we lived in Provo after getting married, and we feel really tied to the area. We don't know exactly when we'll move. It might be a while, since the house isn't ready to sell and I'm kind of in denial.
Here's the funny thing...as if we don't have enough going on, Christian was called today as the new Elder's Quorum President. For whatever time we have left here. We had a good laugh about the timing of everything.