So, here it's the situation in a nutshell:
Husband was laid off two weeks ago following his mild motorcycle accident (accident other guy's fault!!) after a year of backbreaking work for this man for basically minimum wage!...Believe me, we were very happy for the meager income which the job provided, but no more can we live with me carrying the constant stress of being the primary breadwinner, and DH no more wants me to feel such a degree of responsibility, which now that he is laid off, means I have to work a additional 12° shift/week just to pay BILLS.
We both want me to go back to school for my Nurse Practitioner, and with the new healthcare act in this country, NP's will be in tremendous demand very soon, and I want to be on that ride...
There is the possibility that DH may have a job available to him, due to his expertise in construction and welding and being an all around bad-arse, as well as two family members available to get him through the riff-raff any applicant must move through these days just to obtain an INTERVIEW; working oil wells and other parts of said business in Dickinson, North Dakota.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm ready to go. Present plan?? Sell EVERYTHING WE OWN, (we don't have much by way of assets, but we do have one vehicle that is paid off and could bring a decent price, a metal shop that is fully stocked with EVERY POSSIBLE item a blacksmith could want or need and then some, in to working order, which I believe, if sold off in bulk, could bring a good 10k, minimum...then have a "house sal," where, aside from our beds, our cookware/dishes, towels and some clothing, we'll sell it ALL, and get aU Haul, move to a small apt for starters, replace our furnishings, tv's (all of which are 15+ years old!) computer, and just very slowly put our home back together completely clutter and extra, unneeded stuff free, using the cash from the sales (a new truck being the first item).
This job for my husband has the probability to allow him to earn about $500/DAY. My job brings about $300/day after tax.
Thus, if we hit ND, spend nothing, slowly replace the items (all long in need of replacement anyway, trust me!) in our home, and buy an appropriate winter weather clothing and vehicle (ie winter tires/4wD and a good working heater will serve us much better than A/C and a CONVERTIBLE, which we have now + the motorcycle (!)) with our cash holds, and spend time initially living in an inexpensive smaller apt and find a good piece of land to rent or own, we could FINALLY HAVE OUR DREAM!
However, this ALL FALLS on his ability to get his booty up to ND and stay with family maybe for a few months while I stay here and work, until he's settled in the job for certain and it's time for Jake and I to come met him up there...
We do have lots of good people/family in that area, so that's a total + . We have minimal debt (and do not own our home here, thankfully!) and with $ made from selling the shop, all the tools, the car and all of our possessions other than beds and clothes and personal items like photos and SOME BOOKS (we have a thousand books truly!) I'd THINK we should be able to get settled comfortably up there?
Anyone done such a move? Ideas? I know we'd be flip-flopping from hellish summers to hellish winters, but that's quite alright by all of us...and we love the natural makeup of ND...Not to mention the smaller towns, the ethnic makeup, etc...I'm ready to go. I'd give up my job in a second if I knew I could work SOMEPLACE there...he'd be the "major" breadwinner there, so my job would be less important in terms of $, & I could be more choosy.
I simply pray that God allows this job possibility to work out for him. He needs this as much as we need a chance as a family. Jake wants to move, and none of us have the sort of friends or family HERE whom we would be devastated to leave behind (with the exception of my best friend, John...who would stay my best friend regardless of where either of us went...)
So, again, ideas, thoughts? Thanks, guys...
(((hugs to all))). B2H :0)
"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"