We are relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico!

A few weeks ago Dan came home and said that his company, LAM Research, was encouraging some of their Saratoga team to transfer to a contractor position at Intel in Rio Rancho. 

My first word was, yes

I love change.  But more than other moves, this is bittersweet because we’ve found such a good community here.  Maya was born here and friends have helped us immensely.

We are putting our house on the market.  We will have been in it for fourteen months or so.  That’s OK, this is what life is about.  We’ll leave some items at my parent’s house, get rid of most of our furniture, and move lightly to the Southwest.

My mom’s brother, George, and his wife Sheila live in ABQ.  I’ve been there to visit them and I loved the arid climate, the Rio Grande, the proximity to different states. 

Dan will go out for training in Portland, Oregon on March 18 for three weeks.  He’ll come home briefly and then fly to ABQ, start his job, and look for a home for us to rent.

Mr. Cocciardi has offered to drive the cars with Dan to our new home.  Harriet will go with them.

My last day of work will be April 12. My mom, Maya, and I will fly out sometime after that once we have the basics: bed, crib, fridge.

I’ve already looked at jobs there and I’m sure I’ll find speech work.  I’m in the process of applying for a New Mexico Speech Pathology license. I’m hoping to do per diem in a few different settings to learn new skills: hospital, nursing home, voice clinic.  Transgender voice therapy is a blossoming part of our profession and I’m interested in learning more.

Our dear friends Kasey and Scott are also moving so Scott can take a job at Intel.  We’ll have built-in friends!

Thank to you to everyone who has visited, made our home homier, and supported us during Maya’s first year.  Come to the Southwest!

13 thoughts on “ABQ!

  1. Wherever you go, there you are!
    All success and satisfaction with this move, which you have planned so diligently and wisely.

  2. I am so excited for you guys! I can’t wait to come visit New Mexico, and go on a desert hike with you, Dan and Snug! Love you all to the moon and back!


  3. So pleased for you all. Bittersweet it is, though, because we only just met!
    I will always have such fond memories of the two of you as a couple in the process of welcoming Maya into this world. Such an honor to know you and to be part of that new beginning. We have just a little time before you go that we can make a few more memories. Much love and many blessings to you all.
    Nurse Jenn, Peter, and Mikey

  4. Ahhh! I can’t wait! We already looked and it’s a 17 hour drive. The Hauskens family will
    Be visiting soon❤️❤️❤️

  5. Happy for you and sad that you will be so far away! But I’ve never seen that part of the country, so I guess I’ll have to come visit! Much luck to you on this new adventure! Love, Cousin Rach.

  6. So happy for your opportunity to move to the Southwest . Am traveling in Florida now and will be in touch when we return to say goodbyes ! 😘

  7. Happy for all of you
    May you all be happy
    ॐ शान्तिशान्ति शान्तिशान्ति🙏

  8. Much love and good luck to the Cocciardi Party on the big move! We never got up to Saratoga but will visit in Albuquerque for sure! And you must still come to Sanibel in December! Love, Uncle Earl 💜💜💜

  9. Amy and I are thrilled for you. We have worked with many artists based in New Mexico. It is such an inspirational place. And you can check out all the places Breaking Bad was filmed! I am going to try to visit Jason and you before you leave.

  10. Woo-hoo!!! You made my day! So excited you’ll be in NM. It’s about a 7- to 7.5-hour drive from Phoenix to Rio Rancho/ABQ. I’m so very happy that we’ll be “neighbors.” I adore New Mexico and lived in Albuquerque 2010-2011. The VA Hospital might have good jobs available for a speech pathologist – I worked there and jobs are listed at https://www.usajobs.gov/ – good luck, and hope to see you later this year! Love, Heather & Mike

  11. You are indeed brave hearted folks!
    “Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it;
    men come to be builders, for instance, by building,
    and harp players by playing the harp.
    In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just;
    by doing self-controlled acts,
    we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.”

    Aristotle (384-322 BC)

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