Then came an alarming realization of how we were going to pay for the school tuition which was approximately $10,000 per trimester and continue to survive on one income. We were fortunate to qualify for some financial assistance, but it did not provide the extent of what was needed to cover tuition and living expenses. This financial burden proved tougher than the previous one encountered. We continued to live as we did before with the addition of my wife dog or baby sitting which allowed her to study while earning extra money. In addition she would complete online jobs through mechanical turk in order to build an Amazon bank to assist with purchasing school books. Relocating from a home I have known since I was a child proved difficult. We were lucky to have had the opportunity to stay in California and be relatively close to family and friends. Over time, being two hours away seemed like a world away. Talking to my family on the phone to vent or support was not the same as being there in person. We felt isolated in a community and culture we were not accustomed to. San Diego was a sleepy town in comparison to Los Angeles where living was fast paced.
One of our challenge with relocating was working with our budget constraints and finding area that met our expectations. Safety was a concern and one of the elements that would heavily weigh in our decision. In addition, we needed to find a place that had a vacancy immediately due to my job relocation coming in earlier than expected. I was fortunate to work for a large company that had a sister location located in Carlsbad. However my transferring meant that I needed to be at my new office immediately. Commuting one hundred miles everyday was not an option due to the cost of fuel. We ultimately found a place in Vista. We look back now and realize that it was just a small