When Ray and I moved to Bemidji, we did so for several reasons. And, although it took some of our parents some time to warm up to the idea of us being further from the Twin Cities, it was the best move for us. We wanted to be out of a metropolitan area, closer to the woods, lakes and rivers of northern Minnesota.
But Bemidji was not supposed to be our end point. Nope. The plan was to move to Bemidji, work for a couple of years, do some networking, and then, hopefully, move to Duluth, Minn., which is a bit closer to the Cities and larger than Bemidji.
So are we moving to Duluth?!
No, of course not.
We came to Bemidji and, excuse the cliché, fell in love with the community. Ray found the perfect job and we settled into a cozy life. I, amazingly, found a reasonably priced, two-bedroom apartment about 15 miles north of town with lake access. So no more strapping the canoe to the tops of our vehicles (at least not as often as before)! Basically when our landlords built their house, they made their basement into two apartments: a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom. Our two-bedroom has windows on three sides with beautiful views of the lake. Our relationship with our landlords has been wonderful, and they allow us to pretty much do what we please (thus the elaborate paint job in Lola's room). And the one-bedroom hasn't been consistently rented out, so our visitors have been able to have plenty of space to stay. Other than the carpeted kitchen/dining area (with a 1-year-old that gets very, very messy), we have had very few complaints.
But now, 2.5 years later, we're ready for some permanency in our lives.
So, the Wesleys are house-hunting. We are excited and nervous and anxious - but super thrilled. We are lucky to be able to have such an opportunity in this market.
We have no idea how long this will take or how rocky this road is going to be, but we live down several dirt roads, so we're kind of used to it.
Wish us luck!
- Bethany :)
I wrote this entry about two weeks ago and (obviously) never posted it. We wanted to make sure we talked to our landlords and some other people before I announced anything publicly.
We've since looked at countless homes online and we've toured quite a few. We have a favorite now and are beginning to approach the offer stage, I think. What happens next is anyone's guess.
Our goal is to have to a house, get moved in, do some updates and be all set and prepared for a mid-July celebration. We figure we can have a joint party for Lola's second birthday and a housewarming party for anyone who is willing to come to Bemidji and celebrate with us.
Speaking of the munchkin, she is loving the house search. We've brought her along for most of the tours and she loves flying through the vacant homes and hiding in closets. Plus, she is impressed by all of the stairs.
So that is our "busy February" so far. Hopefully, things continue to go well and we can soon be getting our own space.
- Bethany :)