Several years ago I decided to make a career change. I had been roofing in Phoenix AZ for many years and did not feel like I was fulfilling my destiny. I decided to go back to school and become a nurse. And so with my wife Kendra by my side I embarked on a remarkable journey , a journey of changes foreseen and unforeseen. When I began my schooling, nurses in Phoenix were in very high demand, hospital census was high, and sign on bonuses were the norm. Not so when I graduated. So after three months of fruitless searching in AZ, Kendra and I began to research compact states, and decided to apply at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City South Dakota, where I was eventually hired. The result of this hire was the unforeseen change, we had talked of moving to another area after graduation but did not imagine SD would be where we would end up. However, we fell in love with the area on first arrival. The Black hills essentially began right in town, Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, the Badlands, Hot Springs, Sturgis, and Mount Rushmore are all just a few miles away. Also, we are fortunate to have a congregation of 70 in Gillette Wyoming, which is only 150 miles west of us.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Life in Rapid City is surprisingly busy for not having any close friends or family nearby. Somehow we find something to do to fill the 2-3 nights per week we traditionally went out or entertained. That is the part I miss (if I let myself think about it). We were able to make it to Gillette last weekend for 3 fun filled days of visiting. The kids sure thrive on those days, nothing like a bunch of kids running around the house in their pajamas super excited for the sleep over. Baby Luke is already 6 weeks old and growing like a weed. The older kids and I have been trout fishing in the local lakes and streams but have yet to catch anything. I spend most of the time untangling their hooks from branches. Twice Emalee even caught my pants leg. Planning on turkey hunting this spring in the Black Hills, and prairie dog shooting in WY.