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Follow-up to "Life-changing decision" thread. (Nevada ladies chime in!)


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So a month ago, after a year-long search, DH finally got offered a job that would have moved us *significantly* closer to family, and after a lot of prayer and advice-seeking from family and the wise ladies here at the Hive [see thread here] we felt we had to turn it down.

 

It was HARD. It felt like closing the door on a dream, since the pay they were offering, as the highest-paying company for DH's career in the area, let us know that a move there was likely to never be feasible, at least not for the time being. But at the same time, every time we prayed about it we felt that the Lord was wanting us to wait, and that there was something better for us around the corner. I said a prayer as soon as DH got off the phone with the company to turn down their offer, and asked if the Lord might make that "something better" known fairly quick. :tongue_smilie:

 

9 days later we got a phone call from a company DH had applied with earlier that he had thought he had *no* chance of getting into, as they have a strong reputation in his industry of hiring mainly from within OR hiring people from the outside who have strong connections with people already "inside", but once you get in it's a *great* company to work for. After 2 phone interviews and 1 in-person interview (that we had to wait *2 weeks* for! and what a long two weeks!) they offered the job to him on Friday! (he just accepted today)

 

To say this job is light years ahead of the job we had to turn down would be an understatement. The pay is $15 an hour more than the previous job (although still a cut from what he's making now, but obviously a much less drastic one), the benefits are *awesome*, there's lots of room for advancement within the company, and we'll be closer to BOTH sides of the family, instead of just DH's side. We'll be 3 hours from my parents, and 8 hours from his. When you compare that to the 12 and 14 hours we've currently had to drive, that's a vast improvement! :lol: AND there's a very inexpensive Amtrak line that goes in both directions. (my train-loving son is going to go nuts!)

 

It will still mean a physical separation from DH while we wait for our house here to sell, and we'll still need a second car, but budget-wise that won't be quite the hit it would have been. (and MIL has offered to move in for a bit to help me get the house ready, which isn't as awful as it sounds! I have awesome IL's. :) ) AND they announced some changes at DH's current employer last week that would have taken a financial hit on us anyway, so really, we're actually jumping ahead a bit with this new job, rather taking a slide back with his current one.

 

I am just SO excited!!! :D

 

So... anybody here homeschooling in Reno/Sparks, NV?? ;)

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Nevada has super easy laws. It's a breeze. You'll love Reno/Sparks, I think. I lived there for a year in college. Great little town! And so close to California. Beautiful mountains, lovely weather.

I got excited when I read the title. But, alas, I'm in Vegas, a whole 8 hours south of where you'll be.

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Nevada has super easy laws. It's a breeze. You'll love Reno/Sparks, I think. I lived there for a year in college. Great little town! And so close to California. Beautiful mountains, lovely weather.

I got excited when I read the title. But, alas, I'm in Vegas, a whole 8 hours south of where you'll be.

 

My grandmother actually lives in Vegas! Have you ever done the drive between Reno and Vegas? It looks like a very lonely road!

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I have homeschooled for 13 years-12 in Reno. The laws are super easy here. Reno is great! We love it here! There are a couple of different co-ops, park days, Christian and secular organizations, and a new children's museum. We have four seasons, lots of outdoor activities and great cultural offerings. Not sure what all you'd like to know, so ask me some questions so I can be more helpful.:)

Holly

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Well, I grew up just outside of Sacramento, and have driven through Reno several times on my way to visit family in Utah, but I never went further into town than a right-off-the-freeway gas station. :lol:

 

A totally flippant thing I'm wondering about, is how is the 4th of July celebrated there? Are there any community events? The town we're leaving has an *awesome* free one, and it's kind of my oldest son's default "birthday party" (since he was born on the 4th of July). I think he's going to expect that to continue. :lol:

 

And what is the traffic like into downtown? and which communities have the easiest commute into it, while still being safe places to live? My DH's new job will be right in downtown, and we want to be in an area that will provide us with a safe place to live and as stress-free a commute as possible.

 

Also, I've heard it's really windy at times. HOW windy? (like, how strong of a wind, and how often?)

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Well, I grew up just outside of Sacramento, and have driven through Reno several times on my way to visit family in Utah, but I never went further into town than a right-off-the-freeway gas station. :lol:

 

A totally flippant thing I'm wondering about, is how is the 4th of July celebrated there? Are there any community events? The town we're leaving has an *awesome* free one, and it's kind of my oldest son's default "birthday party" (since he was born on the 4th of July). I think he's going to expect that to continue. :lol:

 

And what is the traffic like into downtown? and which communities have the easiest commute into it, while still being safe places to live? My DH's new job will be right in downtown, and we want to be in an area that will provide us with a safe place to live and as stress-free a commute as possible.

 

Also, I've heard it's really windy at times. HOW windy? (like, how strong of a wind, and how often?)

 

For Fourth of July you can go watch the fw at Lake Tahoe, up in Virginia City (old quaint mining town, at the Capitol in Carson City or in Sparks by John Ascuaga's casino. We usually go to Carson City because it is a smallish celebration and you get that small town feel. For a real small town afternoon, go to tiny Genoa and hear the Reno Philharmonic play patriotic tunes, then head to Carson City for the fw.

 

Traffic? What traffic? :tongue_smilie: I think you can get almost anywhere in Reno within about 20 minutes. We generally don't have too much traffic unless there is road work. My dh also works downtown (hospital) and I don't think it takes him more than 15 minutes and we live on Mt Rose, south of town.

 

In terms of where to live- that's a tough one because a lot depends upon your finances and what is important to you. Do you want to have some open space, live a little higher in elevation (snow) and hear the coyotes at night? Come live near me, near Galena High School in the South. Looking for the older section of town where trees, people and money are more established, go for the old southwest near Reno High. Guess, I'd need more info about you, but I have a wonderful friend who works in real estate that could help you. She is great about keeping you on budget.

 

Wind- lol! Yes, we can have gale force winds! The winds usually come right before storms. The higher up you live the worse they are. In fact, our house is in a prime wind locale and we chose our lawn furniture based on how heavy it is. We have had gusts up to 80mph in our area. I don't think I'd worry too much about the wind, though. I've never heard of anyone being too hurt in the wind. The real problem in our area is fire. The most important thing is to have defensible space around your property. But I digress...

 

More questions?

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My grandmother actually lives in Vegas! Have you ever done the drive between Reno and Vegas? It looks like a very lonely road!

 

Loads and loads! It's a very lonely road. (Spooky, too) Remember to always fill up in Tonopah, even if you don't think you need to. You'll never guess how I know. ;)

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Congratulations!! That's awesome!

 

We are in the middle of the same thing. DH is looking for a new job in his field (machining), and he interviewed in Alabama and was offered the job, but we decided it wasn't the best thing for us so he turned it down. We're hoping an even better company comes along! We hope to move before next August, and we're focusing on further south of here, between Arizona and Georgia.

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How exciting! I've only stopped at the gas station on my way to Sacramento.

 

It's amazing how sometimes you need to listen to turn down a position for the right one to present itself. That's exactly how my DH got his current job and its been great!

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For Fourth of July you can go watch the fw at Lake Tahoe, up in Virginia City (old quaint mining town, at the Capitol in Carson City or in Sparks by John Ascuaga's casino. We usually go to Carson City because it is a smallish celebration and you get that small town feel. For a real small town afternoon, go to tiny Genoa and hear the Reno Philharmonic play patriotic tunes, then head to Carson City for the fw.

 

Traffic? What traffic? :tongue_smilie: I think you can get almost anywhere in Reno within about 20 minutes. We generally don't have too much traffic unless there is road work. My dh also works downtown (hospital) and I don't think it takes him more than 15 minutes and we live on Mt Rose, south of town.

 

In terms of where to live- that's a tough one because a lot depends upon your finances and what is important to you. Do you want to have some open space, live a little higher in elevation (snow) and hear the coyotes at night? Come live near me, near Galena High School in the South. Looking for the older section of town where trees, people and money are more established, go for the old southwest near Reno High. Guess, I'd need more info about you, but I have a wonderful friend who works in real estate that could help you. She is great about keeping you on budget.

 

Wind- lol! Yes, we can have gale force winds! The winds usually come right before storms. The higher up you live the worse they are. In fact, our house is in a prime wind locale and we chose our lawn furniture based on how heavy it is. We have had gusts up to 80mph in our area. I don't think I'd worry too much about the wind, though. I've never heard of anyone being too hurt in the wind. The real problem in our area is fire. The most important thing is to have defensible space around your property. But I digress...

 

More questions?

 

As far as housing what we mainly want is:

*smallish (no more than 4 bedrooms, or ~2000 sq. ft.

*inexpensive. I wouldn't want to pay more than ~150-170k

*TREES! I love trees! Especially really big, old ones. Our current neighborhood has tons of them, and if we could find something similar in Reno I'd be in heaven!

 

And my DH will be working at the hospital too! (although not as their employee. he'll be working for a company that has a contract with them)

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As far as housing what we mainly want is:

*smallish (no more than 4 bedrooms, or ~2000 sq. ft.

*inexpensive. I wouldn't want to pay more than ~150-170k

*TREES! I love trees! Especially really big, old ones. Our current neighborhood has tons of them, and if we could find something similar in Reno I'd be in heaven!

 

And my DH will be working at the hospital too! (although not as their employee. he'll be working for a company that has a contract with them)

 

Umm...your description makes me think of the old southwest part of town. That is where I would start. I looked on realtor.com and found houses in your price range. However, anything with big trees will most likely be an older house. So, hopefully that is ok. In this area of town, you are close to the hospital. But not freeway close-surface stree close. Lots of folks in the medical community live there.

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Umm...your description makes me think of the old southwest part of town. That is where I would start. I looked on realtor.com and found houses in your price range. However, anything with big trees will most likely be an older house. So, hopefully that is ok. In this area of town, you are close to the hospital. But not freeway close-surface stree close. Lots of folks in the medical community live there.

 

Ya, that sounds about like a place we'd probably enjoy. Our current house was built in 1952, so we're okay with older homes and neighborhoods. :lol:

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Reno is a great city and Tahoe is one of the most gorgeous places on earth! (I would personally try to live as close to Tahoe as possible). Lucky you!

 

Being close to Tahoe is one of the biggest "perks" of the job, for me! :D We're members of a timeshare company that has a couple of properties up there, and I'm already dreaming of spending a week in the summer and/or winter at the Lake! (and I don't even ski! I'd just go to hike/swim/snow tube/etc.)

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Found out today that DH's new health benefits (which will be cheaper than what we current have) start DAY 1 of his employment! Huuuuuuuuuge sigh of relief that we won't have to do the whole COBRA thing while also balancing two households! *phew*

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Congratulations!

 

I lived in Reno as a kid and loved it. Beautiful country and you're only 40 mins. from Lake Tahoe -- and believe me, that's wonderful.

 

The summer at Sand Harbor is one of my greatest memories. Please go it's really fun.

 

I've been gone for a long time, but Sparks wasn't so nice when I was there in the early 70's, but the neighborhood near Jessie Beck Elementary school in Reno is very nice -- I hope you'll take a look at it. (I know you don't care about the school, but I'm not sure how else to say it.) I visited family in that neighborhood three years ago and it's just as beautiful as it ever was.

 

Have fun!

 

Alley

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