Thursday, June 19, 2008

We're Coming Home.... For Good

I just wanted to post here, so everyone has the opportunity to know at the same time.

Amanda and I are moving home.
From Daughtry's "Home"
Sums up my feelings about dying to get out of Charlotte, 
and now I'm dying to get back.

Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don't want.
Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all, yeah.

Oh, well I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.
I said these places and these faces are getting old,
So I'm going home.
I'm going home.

There are many unknowns as we move back home, so I thought I would assemble some FAQ's that I have gotten thus far.  If you don't see your question below, please feel free to post a question.  I intend to answer them all when I can, it will be good for those who also have that questions.
WHEN ARE YOU MOVING HOME?  We are not really sure at all.  It looks like the week of July 13th but is subject to change based upon store needs in Chicago and Charlotte as well as our housing situation.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO LIVE?  This one is the hardest to answer.  We really want to buy a house, but, with the current housing and mortgage markets, it is a difficult and scary time.  We have a realtor and she has been researching homes for us.  We are looking anywhere along the beltway from Huntersville to Weddington.  If we don't find the PERFECT home, we will get a short term apartment until we find it.
WHERE IS AMANDA GOING TO WORK? In da hood... her school is near the downtown area in a school off West Blvd.  This year she will be teaching 5th grade.  Her orientation is July 17th so you can count on her being down in the QC by then.  
WHERE IS JON GOING TO WORK? I will return to my home store on Independence Blvd, but like before may do a year at South Blvd as well.  
DOES THIS MOVE HURT YOUR CAREER? No.  Lucky for me, through promotions and relocations, the Charlotte store needs help and especially experienced help.  My store has hired many people and we are actually able to replace me with two people (though realistically, it will take three regular buyers to match my awesomeness).  
WHY ARE YOU MOVING?  It was a decision we made together.  We have new priorities that we did not have 20 months ago.  First and foremost, Amanda belongs in the classroom.  She put in the effort, job interviews, and is a fully certified Illinois teacher.  It is very tough to find a job up here.  So Charlotte is the best place we could think of to get her back in front of the whiteboard.  The second is that Amanda and I plan on starting our own family pretty soon.  The nearest place we can afford to buy a modest house in this area is roughly 40 miles from Chicago.  Living that far away would defeat the purpose of us moving here, that was to be close to a large city.  We can be 15 miles from Charlotte in any direction and afford a home big enough to raise a family.  The third reason is family & friends.  In order to raise a family, you must have a support network in place so that when you need a babysitter in pinch, advice, or anything else, you have your family & friends close by to help out.  

I hope these answer a lot of questions, if not, please post a question and I will gladly answer it.


Allison said...


Andy said...

Are you still going to be a Cubs fan ?

Jon said...


andy said...

charlotte , nc says go detroit tigers ! yay !

Dhara said...

Yay! (and also sooo jealous)