As word is getting out, I figured it was time to make an official statement. What better place than my official blog. :-)
We have had so many changes in the last year; much like spinning in a
whirlwind. A whirlwind that dropped us in Houston but never stopped
circling! And it is picking up speed yet again!
Here are the bullet points for a short version of this post-
* The oil industry took a nose dive.
*Ed is actively seeking employment opportunities.
*Mason is moving back to Pflugerville to return to Hendrickson.
*We terminated the contract on the house build.
The long story-
A few weeks ago, as gas prices fell and the price of a barrel of oil
tanked, the worst happened. Lay-offs began all across the industry,
So far two rounds of lay-offs have occurred at Halliburton. Ed has not
been effected yet but as it is in the business world, no one is safe. So
we wait nervously to see what happens each week. While we wait, Ed is
applying all over the US even looking at possible jobs in the defense
industry from which he just left. We have been assured more lay-offs are
coming and that the oil industry will be hurting for the next 18 to 24
While we would love to go back to the Austin area, the jobs just aren't
there right now which is why we moved in the first place. But other
states are looking promising. He has applied for positions in Arizona
and Colorado, so far. He has already had a phone interview with Raytheon
in Arizona and expects to be brought in for a face to face interview
soon. Dallas is another possibility. So we wait to see how that will all
shake out. We may end up staying here or we may leave. It all depends
on the job. At least we have this rental house until the end of June.
After that, who knows?
With all the uncertainty, we had to make two big decisions concerning Mason and the new house.
First, Mason. Mason left Hendrickson willingly and began this school
year in a great school that was double the size. The band was double the
size too. And although he made a few friends and landed in the top band
at Klein Oak, he never really connected to the band or directors. So,
when the choice sheets came out for the following year, he filled it out
leaving off band. My heart broke! My boy who LOVES band with 100% heart
and soul was going to walk away from it. Crushing.
Ed and I decided, without his knowledge, to send him to live with my
mom. Back to Pflugerville, so he could return to his school with his
friends, his school loyalty, and his beloved band. We set the wheels in
motion and recently told him. You should have seen his surprised and
smiling face. He said, "I never thought you would let me go back." We
didn't either. But sometimes you have to make adjustments. And in this
case, we are doing this so that Mason can thrive instead of just survive as he has been doing since the move to Houston.
We will be officially moving Mason over spring break. He will live with
Mom and Roger. He will finish out the last 9 weeks of this school year
and then his senior year as a Hawk. We are extremely lucky that Mom lives
in the right place to allow him to return to HHS. And we are ever so
grateful to the McMinn-Reyna family and the Tremewen family who are his
"back-up Pflugerville families." Not only are they great people in
general, they are making themselves and their homes available to Mason
for any reason at any time. That is HUGE to us. Plus, with so many
friends in the neighborhood, we will have "eyes" on him all the time.
The house. Man, were we excited about the new house we were building! We
loved the trees we had saved on the lot. (I called them "my babies.")
We loved the floor plan. We made trips out to see it bi-weekly, stayed
on top of the progress, and met with the superintendent constantly. This
was the Limbaugh Dream House 3.0 being built exactly and specifically
as we wanted it. But when the first round of lay-offs hit, we got
nervous. What would happen if we bought this house and then Ed was
laid-off? It wouldn't be pretty. So we agonized for a few weeks on what
to do. In the end, flooded with tears and utter sadness, we made the
decision to walk away. It was not made easily nor was it made lightly.
We stood to lose all the money we had put down. Gulp! However, with the
help of a good realtor, we were fortunate to be able to negotiate with
the builder to get all of our money back, minus a $250 administrative
fee. That took out a little of the sting.
So what happens next? We don't know. We will be taking things one week
at a time, I suppose. Ed is calling this an adventure. Maybe he is