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And the dice says...

June 24th, 2016 at 09:06 pm

Well it turns out the gamble was correct. DH landed his dream job. He got two very solid offers from two great companies. Company A offered $x + bonus less money than Company B. But Company B is a lower salary and higher bonus guarantee. He likes Company A but asked for more money. Company B told him to name a number that would guarantee he'd work for them. He's spending the weekend thinking because he really loves Company A.

We've decided he'll take company A even if they can't match the compensation of Company B. It's worth it. Besides the biggest thrill? It turns out that he's making more money than he was making last year. Cheers! Lower cost of living, more money, happier/closer to family, and DH got a year to be with us. Life couldn't be sweeter. Guess the gamble paid off.

We spent the last two days desperately looking at home to buy for pricing ideas and rentals. We decided we just aren't comfortable taking the risk of moving into a shorter commute with the chance we might hate the neighborhood. We don't want to risk moving our kiddos three times in three years. So instead DH has agreed to suck it up and try this commute. If it's miserable our new goal and plan is to spend every day/weekend looking at homes and neighborhoods to figure out what might work. We're going to hang out this weekend in the cities and walk around, see shops, libraries, parks, and overall impression.

We've been very insular since we've moved focusing on where we are and making friends in our area and it's been successful. But now we are honestly able to not focus on studying/school and get out more.

We made a plan that in 1 year we'll be moving into a rental or house no matter what. That we will have a decision made. We've also decided that if DH is miserable we'll hasten the timeline and take a hit on our lease agreement. I'm really impressed DH is taking this hit for the family's well being by making a commute I know will make him unhappy. But this is delayed gratification and in the long term we'll be better off is why he's making this sacrifice for me and the kids. We've always valued minimum commuting time and time as a family has always taken #1 priority. He proved it last year walking away from his job and moving into the unknown. So this sacrifice I know is huge.

Finally our dog survived his surgery. Sounds stupid but I was super worried with him being put under for anesthesia and the dr did say it was possible he wouldn't pass the liver test and the surgery was impossible. He had a fractured tooth that had to be extracted along with other teeth and 10 skin tags that needed removal. He did great and survived. I know it's ridiculous but we were really worried that instead of helping him we might have sent him to die on the table. I'm really glad he's okay. I know our time is limited, but he really is my best friend and support. I walk him 2-3x a day and it's the only time I get to really think and clear my head alone. He listens as I talk and think.

Well life is beautiful. If you had told me we'd be in this position a year ago I'd tell you it'd be a dream. Turns out sometimes it happens.

Now I'm off to figure out the next steps of our plan.

10 Responses to “And the dice says...”

  1. Laura S. Says:

    Congratulations to your DH! So glad the gamble paid off for your family.

  2. Carol Says:


  3. PatientSaver Says:

    A win win situation to be sure..so glad the dog is okay.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Congratulations! You are proof that a gamble can pay off! How long will DH's commute be?

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    That's fantastic about the job! Sorry about the commute time, but hopefully, one year or less will be worth it to figure out exactly where you want to live permanently. You might start exploring things your husband can do while riding in to and from work, to make the time pass faster!

  6. Ima saver Says:

    Congratulations, that is wonderful!

  7. ThriftoRama Says:

    This is all awesome. Isn't it nice when the world is finally your oyster?

  8. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Things are really working out! I hope you find a place closer to his work as soon as seems doable. A short commute can benefit family life, too. There are some people who find the long drive good personal time and good decompression time after work, but not if traffic is bad.

  9. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Using public transit the commute is 1.5 hours. It's because of transfers. Driving it about 1 hour. What we are looking is more along 45 minute public transit and 30 minutes driving potentially. Basically cutting out the transfers and half the distance. Instead of 20 miles we'd do 10 or so miles.

    This is worth every penny to DH because in general he hates commuting. Even public transit he's not fond of long time. He doesn't care for the car either so it's not a winning solution other than moving closer to jobs. That's always been our motto.

    CCF I am going to look and narrow down homes and neighborhoods during the week and then weekends we'll see things together and weigh the pros and cons as well as determine exact commute to park and ride, etc.

    Me too I hope we find a place.

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What great news!

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