Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eight-hour drives...

Recent college graduates aren't that picky about their first job out of school, so long as it pays enough to get them by for a while until they can build their resumes and find a better, higher-paying job.  However, for a couple looking to start a life together, the initial job search can be a major game-changer.

Rachel and I were engaged the semester before graduating, so we had plenty of time to plan for our future. However, the economy didn't quite agree, and I'm sure our choice to be communications majors didn't help matters much either.  Regardless, we both scoured the state of Illinois for jobs to meet our skill sets, but we had no luck.

Seemingly out of nowhere came an opportunity for Rachel to join the exciting world of public relations.  A family friend worked for the company and suggested she apply for a position.  I thought it sounded like a great idea, but it had a was in Lincoln, Neb.  Of course, she got a good offer, so it was off to Huskerville for us.

It didn't take long for the distance to get to us, however, as birthdays, weddings and other family events started popping up that we had to miss because of the travel time.  Now, we're both very close to our families, so this became a very depressing reality.  In our three years in Nebraska, we did make several trips back home, but they all ended with the same depressing route back to Nebraska.

I am happy to report, however, that we only have one more of those in store the first weekend in August.

Rachel was again the guiding force in getting us home, as she accepted a position with the Illinois Farm Bureau.  Unlike our last move, I'm transitioning with a full-time job still in tact, and will be working from home.  We will be living with my parents when we move home until we find a house, which isn't exactly ideal, but we're excited to start another chapter in our lives, so it will all be worth it.