On March 27, 2012 my life changed forever; I married Daniel D. Mooney. I decided to start blogging because my husband and I have decided to follow the message we believe the Lord is showing us and move to Colorado. Daniel and I come from completely different backgrounds. He grew up in the hood streets surrounding USC and was born in Watts, CA. I was born in Hollywood, CA but grew up in Unincorporated Whittier, CA. I could go on and on listing all the differences in our upbringing, values, and our "politically correct" ethnicitiesbut the truth of the story is that ALL those differences were the perfect gluefor two broken hearts.
I met Daniel on Twitter. A fact that I made sure to keep from my parents during the first 4 weeks we dated. Things moved relatively fast and I moved in with him after about 6-8 weeks of knowing each other. We fought, cheated, lied, and got baptizedtogether in 2010. Since then we've both felt like we were searching for something more, better companies to work for, better schools to go to, better cities to live in. Now we live in West Covina, CA and Daniel is unemployed due to being hurt while working for LAUSD and I work full-time for Los Angeles County, as I have for the past 7 years. And about 2 months ago we started talking about moving to another state, moving to other cities in California, even moving to another country like Canada. And about 2 weeks ago we decided to start saving and making plans to move to Colorado.
For most people who know us this was a shock but only because we decided to keep the conversation and decision between us only. At the same time, I know my parents, and I knew they were going to have TONS of questionsto see how much thought we put into this "relocation".So I started to put together a "Relocation Plan" to cover every questions, aspect of data or research, etc. imaginable to show my parents that we were serious about this. So I spent an entire week researching cost of living, unemployment rates, applying to jobs, researching house prices, talking to real estate agents and lenders... THE WORKS! Even put together a Finance Trackerin Excel to track our spending and savings.
As of today we've told my parents and are planning a road tripto Colorado for my birthdayin November!!! We're going to be looking at some of the areas we want to live in, try to fit in some interviews, and visit as much of the surrounding areas to Fort Collins, CO as possible.
My main reason for starting this post now is because I'm thinking about children, legacy, family and life lessons. There have been some times that I have thought about or seen pictures of great or great great grandparents and I wish I knew what they went through in life. I don't want to leave my family, children, or grandchildren without leaving a part of me behind.. and I pray that my words can guide their decisions some day. I want them to see and feel my struggles, learn from my mistakes, heart breaks, faith, and dilemmas.