Soonerfan mentioned an update on another thread and there is lots to update on so I thought I would share with my Couples family.
Some quick background for those who are new to the board. In December of 2009 I developed a blood clot the entire length of my left leg. Nearly lost my leg and lucky to have not lost my life. The recovery from the blood clot was long and painful. I ended up losing my job because I could not work. Then in September of last year my husband lost his job. Since that time we have both been unemployed.
With both of us unemployed our savings ran out. This past July we lost our house. The first of September we packed up our things and moved to Phoenix. We spent a lot of the summer here looking for jobs and found the market much better here in Phoenix for software jobs than in Denver. My brother requested that if we could, he would like us to move to Phoenix as my folks are here and their health isn't the greatest. He was wanting some help with them. The 'funny' thing is that 5 years ago I was here in July for a family wedding and stated that I had no idea why anyone would live in such a god-forsaken city as Phoenix. It gets so HOT! I vowed to never live here.
We are currently living with my brother and his family and desperately searching for jobs. Scott has an interview with a company on Monday afternoon and I've had a phone interview from a company and they are setting up a face-to-face interview. Hopefully by the end of this month we will both be employed. We are hopeful that we will be able to get our own place by December at the very latest. I'm sure some of you know how difficult it is as adults to live with someone else especially with children when you are used to a quiet, childless home. This has been especially rough on my youngest kitty cat as she is also not used to loud sounds. Unfortunately she is spending most of her time underneath our bed. This is tough on me as she is like my four-legged child and I know she is upset which upsets me.
The day we loaded up the truck was especially difficult for me. 6 years prior, we had moved into our dream house, in our dream city, in our dream State. Now, 6 years later we were loading up the truck and I found myself locked away in our empty room without any furniture crying with my kitty cats by my side and they too were rather upset. As we crossed the border out of Colorado into New Mexico the tears flowed once again as I left my beloved State that I had lived in for 19 years. Scott and I were driving different vehicles and he told me over the family radio as we crossed the border that one day we would return. I hold onto that hope.
Things have been rough and I find myself in depression. We received the phone call for the interview for Scott just in time before I felt like I was to hit rock bottom. I'm more hopeful today. I find days when the tears don't seem to stop. I really don't want to be living in this State, but for now we have no choice as we had no where else to go.
My brother has a pool that we are making good use of when we need a break from looking for jobs. One day while we were floating in the pool we talked about Couples. He is longing to go back as much as I am. We spoke about what we liked about each resort and debated which we would return to. I am hopeful that we will soon have jobs and the ability to go back perhaps next Fall for our 20th anniversary.
I come to the MB daily for a break from real life, to remember the wonderful times we have had at Couples and to look forward to the future of returning to our beloved second home. I try to look on the positive side of things and Scott tells me not to look backwards, but to look forwards. Some where in the distant future Colorado will once again be our home, but I'm sure that will not happen until my parents have gone home to be with their Lord and Savior. For now, I try to enjoy the opportunity to daily spend time with my folks and know that this winter I will enjoy the weather here.
So that is it from Phoenix, I know that I am no longer Colorado Juli, but I just can't bring myself to change my name as my heart is still in Colorado. The local news channel in Denver broadcasts their news over the internet and I find myself watching it as often as possible. It is one of my last ties I have to Colorado and I hold onto it.
One day, hopefully in the near future, we will have a count down clock going and things will once again be bright.
Juliann & Jeff
Jamaica Soon Come