Prior to the move, my husband had sent his resume to places in Florida, Virginia, West Virginia and Columbus, Ohio. He had an interview in Virginia. When he started talking about Arizona, I said I would go on vacation there but not move there. It was too far! Once we visited and talked to our relatives, who made the move years ago from Ohio, I had a change of heart. God had a plan.
We ended up moving without having job’s to go to when we arrived. Big step of faith!
Tuesday night we stayed in Tucumcari, New Mexico and the last night in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The day we left it was snowy. I remember after passing the Mississippi River, it was getting warmer the closer we drove to Arizona.
On Thursday, November 9, 1989, we arrived in Arizona, having driven approximately 2100 miles. This photo was taken just as we crossed from New Mexico.
We arrived around 5 p.m. near the airport, in a major traffic jam. There was a construction crane that hit a bridge on I17, backing up traffic, forever. Welcome to the Big City!
In the last 25 years, we never got used to those traffic jams.
My aunt and uncle generously offered us a place to stay with them until we found an apartment. They were such a blessing, helping us to make the transition so much easier.
It was hard at times, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Financially, it was difficult. We had some difficult days the first couple of years. What kept us from going back was our faith that we knew confidently that God wanted us here. We adjusted and actually love it here. We love the sunshine, low humidity and no snow.
Would we do it again? Absolutely! And we just might.
Part 3 Coming Soon.
Living in Faith, Hope and Love, Barbara Ann