So, we're waiting to hear on the sale of the house in Massachusetts, which directly affects the house we're hoping to buy in VA. Two weeks ago, the family came down to VA and we power-house hunted, finding a house that we all really liked and could afford. We discovered that this house had a stipulation in the sales agreement that they would not entertain any offers that were contingent upon existing sales - so once we have a signed contract on our current house we can make an official offer.
Mrs. G. has been doing everything on her own for the past month, getting the kids ready for school, working, dealing with the selling in MA, etc. and she's been absolutely swamped with packing, arranging things with the lawyer, etc. I've been living away from my family for over a month now, staying with friends in the area and being point man for initial house scoutings, dealing with the realtor here, and starting my new job.
We are going to be very happy once this is behind us, no question about that...
Growing up, I had a few friends whose parents had a similar arrangement - one's dad worked in Chicago Monday through Friday and flew home every weekend. I have no idea how they managed to do that for very long - I just hate saying goodnight over the phone and missing dinner with my wife and kids. At least on Wednesday I'll be reunited for a few days, although I'll be frantically packing most of that time.
I will truly be thankful for my family this Thanksgiving, that's for sure...
That is all.
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