Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Direction

For the last 11 months Jeff has been unable to find work. He has applied everywhere and to everyone. He's even tried starting his own business. I have tried to find work as well and that has been a dead end too. I can say without a doubt, we have exhausted all avenues of finding employment. Especially in Spokane.

When we went to visit Tracy in the hospital, we sat down for a meal break and had a very deep discussion. We {I mostly mean Jeff} finally faced the facts about the job front and that we need to think of something else. We made some very important decisions that day. It's going to change our life for ever and for the better.

Jeff has decided to go back to school and finish what he started when we were first married. That means that in a short 8 years he will be known as Dr. DeCoursey. That's right, he's going to go to med school!

We've got a plan in place and we've been setting it in motion. We're selling the house and moving to the Tri-Cities. Jeff will finish his Biology degree at the WSU branch there and I will be going back to school myself. I'm going to do the dental hygienist program through CBC. That will take about 3 years to complete. In that time Jeff will have about a year and a half left for his bachelors, study and pass the MCAT's, and apply to a medical school. We're hoping for UW.

Yes, we have our living arrangements all planed out. I won't bore you with the details here. We are hoping to get this all launched by January.

There are two casualties in all of this, Abbey and Lindsay. They're not to keen on moving away, Abbey most of all. I just feel like this is the right thing for us though. I know that they'll make it through. I know that as long as they both make new friends, Abbey gets to keep her beloved cats, Lindsay will continue with ballet, then they will not be too upset.

Jeff and I feel like this is the right thing for our family. We've prayed that something be thrown in our path if this isn't the thing to do. So far, it's just been clear and paved. So, anyways, that's the news around here.

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I would love to hear from you.

23 comments:

Alicia said...

That is a bold new direction, but I love it! I hope everything continues to go smoothly as you both pursue your education! I hope you will 'bore' us with more details as they come! I like details and other little tid-bits!

Stephanie said...

Good for you two. Wonderful goals in the works for your family.

Lisa said...

Heidi, I know that moving won't be eaasy for your family. I don't think it's ever easy to leave your home, especially when there are kids involved.

But please know how happy we will be to have you around our parts. We love you all so much and will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to help you during this transition.

Em and Ms said...

That is quite the new direction, but I'm sure it feels good to be working toward something. I'm glad things are falling into place for you--that's a sure sign that it's the right thing. I'm happy for you guys! Hopefully the transition will be easy for all of you.

Jeanette said...

WOW! Our lives are similar-to a point. Jim was headed to medical school when we met. He finished college, took the MCATs and applied to medical school to learn that 2 of his earlier classes were pre nursing and not pre med. Unfortunately, by then it meant 2 more years of undergrad and then med school and we had one baby and one on the way. Jim chose another path. When Jim lost his job, I asked him what he thought about redoing those classes and going to med school. This is where we are different-Jim said that isn't his answer at this time. BUT I am so happy for y'all. I think it is great that you both have found a path you want to pursue. You will do great!!!

Lindsey and Abbey will adjust just fine when they see that this is a blessing to your family and that you are both happy.

Good luck. I just love answered prayers. Even when they are answered in ways that surprise us.

Melanee said...

You are so strong and brave. In this economy, you have to do what you have to do. I understand having to make sacrafices and my thoughts and prayers will be with you all! Good luck and hope to still see you around!

libbie said...

I'm really excited for you guys! Yes, moving will be a big adjustment, but it will all work out! I'm proud of you guys :) And won't it be fun to be "home!" I love it here!

LKP said...

WOO HOO!!!! THAT was the official announcement I've been SOOOOO anxious to finally hear! =) I'm so excited for you guys & for us here, though January feels like forever away!!! So happy for ya'll, and let me know if you need any help with ANYthing. BIGGEST HUGS IN THE BLOGGER UNIVERSE!!!!

SuzanSayz said...

Of course you know how happy I am to have you, Jeff and the girls moving here. I will do my part when it comes to an easy transition for the girls.

KaTrina said...

How great for your family!! This is going to do great wonders in a few short years and your girls will appreciate it! Plus, they'll be closer to camp grandma!

Brooke said...

I'm so excited for your family... what big changes you are facing. Sounds like you've been praying about it and really figuring out what is best overall for you guys. Dr. DeCoursey has a wonderful ring to it!! Best of luck and I'm sure your family will be thrilled to have you nearby!

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

Very exciting!! School is a good thing, and the medical profession will certainly always need more practitioners!

We'll be praying for you!!

Kelly said...

Jeez, you go to college for a year and suddenly everybody wants to do it too.

I used to think you were cool.

...Give it up for Sarcasm everybody.

Seriously though. While I'll miss the trips up to Spokane, and I'm sorry that Abby and Lindsay have to change schools, I'm really happy that you'll all be so close.

That and the fact I'll see you at school... well, one step at a time :P

Marilyn said...

Heidi, I know that these life changing decisions are so hard to make especially when it affects your children, but it seems to me that you and Jeff have given it your all and tried and prayed and are making the best decision for your family.

It will be awesome to have you here in the Tri-Cities. And your girls will make new friends, because they are likable little girls!

Anonymous said...

I have been wondering what has been happening with you guys and the job front. I think the decision you guys have made is a wonderful one and I wish nothing but the best of luck. When you get back in town look me up, I would love to catch up with you. Doni (Gear) Dorsett

andrea said...

WOW - talk about guts and courage :)
you'll both do great and the kids will be fine too -
I survived and thrived many moves and life changes as I had the love of my folks in the bag - and spent lots of time with family :)

Amy J. said...

Good Luck you guys! It will be so nice having you close. I hope your kids have a nice transition and that everything falls into place. And yes! We need some more GREAT doctors in the good state of Washington!

LaNae said...

Sure gonna miss my semi-new BFF, but I know where you'll be: Stealing Killian Korn from my brother. Until you leave, please come use my washer, watch movies in my theater and pig out on delicious vittles. You will be missed.

David said...

i can imagine that everybody is super excited to have you back in kennewick! it's going to be a big party down there. sunday dinners will be better than ever!

Terri said...

Wow - this is a big change, isn't it? Speaking as someone who recently finished a very arduous course of education, I can tell you that it's very much worth it. You can find lots of ways to have fun on a budget, as you already know. Being parents, you already have a grasp on time management, so you'll both have an easier time with the demands of college.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

Thistledew Farm said...

Good Luck! Remember God is everywhere so whether this is a right or wrong decision - he's with you.

dani said...

wow!!!

i am so excited for you all... to be able to go back and start over and realize your true potential!!! that is exactly what you should do:D

i think your prayers have been answered, heidi. God obviously wants the best for you; He obviously doesn't want you to settle for any less. and i believe that if HE has brought you to this point HE will see you though it!!! did i say, "WOW!!!"???

love and prayers,
dani xxxx

Kathleen said...

Good luck. Quite a few new changes happening!
(Not sure if you remember me, we went to high school together)