So it's official.
1. Mike is letting me spill it on the blog.
2. Background and medical checks have cleared, Visas are approved.
3. Contract on the house, closing date set.
2. We're moving ... to Saudi Arabia!
We're hoping to ride some of these bad boys. Carter is stoked!
First let me apologize for the last blog leaving you hanging. This has been all thought consuming for me and I wasn't sure if Mike would be ok with me posting about it just yet. Last night I got the "all clear," it's his job so it's only fair to let him decide when to make it public.
Yes we're moving... to Saudi Arabia! Crazy huh? We leave . We've been waiting for medical, background checks and visas to clear and then Mike to tell his firm before we said anything. We have started telling people this week, and only recently told our families. No need to make a big fuss if it wasn't a for sure thing. I mean it's not everyday you pick up and move across the world- literally ACROSS the world to the middle east no less. It's been a six month process with interviews and A LOT of paperwork and waiting. Things do not happen fast over there!
He was hired by an oil company there that also has an office here in Houston. We'll be living on their main campus/compound/base. They have several compounds on the East side of Arabia, we will be on the biggest and Mike will work on the campus at the headquarters. Forty hours a week, plus overtime, more money, no taxes, more time with the family, cheaper housing, private American based schools and an opportunity of a lifetime. :)
They say you either dislike it and come home in six months or you love it and stay forever. Our goal is five years, and for sure before the boys head off t0 high school. They don't have high schools on the compound and instead pay for boarding schools (the best ones in the world I hear), but I really want our boys to have the "American" HS experience and will want to be back in the states for that. So really this move, I suppose, is indefinite.
We plan to come back and visit and in all honesty our families will probably see us about the same as they do know. Except for my mom, who is already making plans to come visit us there and will be here for two weeks to play with the boys, say goodbye, help me organize, get ready, and work with the shipping company to box up the house and send it overseas. Oh, how I love and adore her. She's been our biggest cheerleader through this all.
So we're wrapping up our affairs in Houston. We have a contract on the house. One (and the only) showing the first week resulted in a signed contract last Monday, inspection went awesome- no repairs, appraisal was Friday (praying this will come in high enough for the sale price), closing . We feel very blessed, this alone is a good confirmation that we've made the right decision and are being blessed so that we can make the move.
So this is a HUGE change! I'm still trying to get my head around it. I'm so very excited, but really sad at the same time.
We've had a feeling this year that something big was coming. We've been preparing the house and not renewing any of our contracts. It's nice that we finally know what we've been preparing for.
That's it, that's the BIG change.
It's not a rumor and it's all been laid out for ya.
Now we have less than 30 days left in the States.
Let the countdown begin.
We're all feeling a bit exhausted these days. This is Carter today taking a nap in our bed.