He found a job easily, but this required a 7 hour move North. Eek. I mean, I was born, raised, and worked many years in my hometown. Beefcake had lived there most of his life, too.
It took 3 months to sell our house. Beefcake was living out during that time and visiting on weekends. Things were hard. We took a step backwards from our goal of spending more time together.
We ended up losing money on our house just to end this negative situation - it was draining. We made several offers on new houses. We ended up in a bit of a bidding war and paid more than we wanted for a house I had never even stepped into. Things would be a little tighter financially, but at least the wait was over and we could realize our dreams.
We have been in our new hometown for a few months. It turns out the house we bought couldn't be more perfectly suited for our needs. The neighborhood is more than we could ever have asked for with biking and hiking trails and instant friendships.
After several failed attempts we have sourced out the good Indian and Japanese restaurants. We tried out a new Japanese place tonight. I arrived early, before 5, with the kids to order and enjoy the service without fear of disturbing others with our robust and energetic children. Beefcake entered through the doors with a huge smile just after 5, greeted by a huge smile from the 5 of us. We enjoyed great food and wonderful conversation. At some point, one of the kids asked Beefcake a question which i didn't hear, but caught the answer to. Beefcake quickly responded, "Nothing. My life is perfect." He looked at me and I agreed with a smile.