Jake and I have been talking about living and working in Brazil almost since we got married. One of the many reasons Jake was hired at Hertz was his fluency in Portuguese from his mission; there was some audit work needed doing in the Brazil headquarters office, and Jake's language skills would be invaluable, as most Brazilians' English isn't great. He spent three weeks in Sao Paulo last October and another three this March. And then, in May, Jake was hand-picked to work on a big project in Sao Paulo that would last 18-24 months. The higher-ups were very excited about Jake and kept talking about contracts. Six weeks later, we had still heard nothing and were ready to give up on the opportunity and begin job hunting for other opportunities in Brazil, as we have felt strongly that we should try to live there. Our lease was also up for renewal, and we had to make a decision by July 15. We left for Utah for Jake's Anderson reunion and much-needed family time on July 1 without having submitted our lease for renewal or letting our apartment management know that we would be moving out by August 31.
Because we hadn't heard back from Hertz but hadn't yet begun the actual job hunt, we were planning to extend our lease through October or so to give us more time. Jake had left Utah for a work trip in Pennsylvania on July 8. Before he left, we had actually signed the lease extension and put it in the envelope and were planning on mailing it July 9. The evening of the 8th Jake sent me a text saying that the Brazil opportunity through Hertz was back on the table and looked incredibly promising and also to wait until he heard anything before sending the lease. As you might imagine, my stress level was through the roof. I had just managed to let myself believe we weren't moving right now and then this!
After talking to the people in HR, Jake and I talked it over and felt good about not extending our lease at all. The following week when he was back in New Jersey, Jake emailed me the contract, we looked it over and decided it was a good opportunity. I was still in Utah with my family until July 26, and it seemed like every day brought a new cog in the machine of moving. It will be an unbelievably complicated process, but Hertz is providing a lot of help from packing to moving to storage to house-finding.
The biggest surprise came last week when Jake found out he would be flying to Brazil next Sunday. We thought we'd have some more time together before we were separated, and I'd really hoped I would have his help moving because *shock* packing and moving with an incredibly busy toddler is REALLY hard with both parents around and is nigh impossible when it's just me. I know this because I did it in December when our floors were replaced and Jake was out of town.
The other interesting little twist (about the size of an avocado, currently) is the bundle of joy we're expecting in early January.
All things considered, we are very possibly insane, but we're also very excited to move on to this next stage in our lives and welcome this new little soul into our family and home.
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