I bugged my husband off and on throughout the last 10 years to go to Idaho with me- just for a visit. Getting him to agree to it was the easy part. Getting him to actually COMMIT to it was something entirely different. 😉
After years and years of hinting, mentioning, and downright begging him to consider visiting Idaho- he surprised me with a quick trip to Idaho 2 years ago. We had our van packed up to the brim to head out to our cabin in Northern Wisconsin- and then he headed West. He made a spur of the moment decision to go to Idaho instead of our family property up near Lake Superior.. We were finally headed towards Idaho! I did make him turn around to drop off some of the huge unnecessary things I had brought along to leave up at the cabin- hoses, lawn mower, water filters- That sort of stuff. After the quick U-Turn to get rid of all of that, we were on our way.
My husband came out with no intentions of actually moving here, but he did look around and found a couple of places that were hiring. We drove around Coeur D’Alene, Post Falls, Up through Sandpoint, Ponderay, Bonners Ferry- then headed East through northern Montana towards Glacier National Park for a quick visit before heading home.
It was incredible. I was so excited he finally got to see a bit of Idaho.. I got to visit some new places myself, and fell in love with one area in particular.
We took another trip for an interview after a long, drawn out background check with a department there in CDA. After waiting 4 months- and thinking about it for a long time, he decided that it was best if he pulled his application from the hiring process. He wasn’t impressed with the way they were handling things- and didn’t want to start out life in Idaho with a crappy employer.
A few months later, a job in the same area we fell in love with popped up for what he was currently doing in Minnesota- and he put in the application on the last day they were accepting them. I don’t need to get into details- but we prayed on it, and it just seemed like it was meant to be. We took another trip very shortly after for an interview with this place- and we made preparations for our move the day we arrived back home. He was given the job offer when we were on our way back home- we moved here after about 6 weeks of preparations- and we’ve been here now for 5 months. We couldn’t be happier.
It was quite the adventure in itself finding a place to rent… We actually lived in hotels or our van for 2 weeks before we found a place.. We did get into a tiny little place that allowed us to keep our pets- and that was incredible. It’s close to impossible to find a rental here at the time of year we came- even more incredible that they were pet friendly. God is good.
We’ve been on many incredible hikes and mini adventures in the short time we’ve been here. We still feel like it’s a dream, and that any day now we’ll have to pack our bags and head back to our old life in Minnesota. I wonder if that feeling will ever go away? I’ll be happy when I can lose this crazy anxiety about having to “go home” and leave this incredible vacation we’re on. We’re here to stay. My brain hasn’t grasped that idea yet.
As a team, we’ll be using this blog here as a journal of sorts- a way to document our life here in Idaho as well as our travels. If you happen to find yourself reading here, I hope you’re able to enjoy our journey as well.
Glory to God in all things,