When my husband and I moved out west, we we moved because we wanted a big change. I mean REALLY BIG. We were living in Philly at the time and were MISERABLE because didn’t have any friends there and, if you know anything about the northeast, you know it can be very hard to make new friends. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slamming the NE… once you make friends, they’re yours FOREVER. People there are generally slow to let you in, but once you’re in, YOU ARE IN, which is pretty cool I think! We each had friends from high school, college and work, but they were spread out around the country at the time (many of them have since moved back).
Anyway, the reason I’m telling you this is, when we came out here, we swore we would never, ever even consider moving back. SO MANY people told us things would change when we had kids, but guess what? We didn’t believe them… sort of like how we didn’t believe our lives would really change that much with a baby 🙂 I mean, we knew it would be different, but I don’t think we ever really thought about how hard it would be just to go out for dinner (because of bedtimes) or to the movies. Well you know what? Things have definitely changed with Dylan. Pigs can fly and we are moving back east 🙂
So here is what stinks:
We have finally met all our wonderful neighbors and have made wonderful friends through our church, not to mention that one of my best friends in the whole world is finally moving here this summer after two years of trying to work things out so she and her family could and we’re probably going to move right before they get here :*( We are both so sad to leave the friends we have made out here! Plus, we love our house! It’s our first house and it’s such a great home that I feel like we just now finally finished really making ours.
There are so many positives thought too:
First and foremost, Andy will be in a job he really loves! And Dylan will get to grow up surrounded by family and we get to raise him the way we were raised (I secretly worried occasionally that I wouldn’t be able to relate to my teenage son because his life would be so different than mine was at that age). We have so many really close friends in the NE and we now get to share Dylan with them! PLUS, my cousin is due with her first baby at the end of this month and I want our kids to be as close as we were! One of my other best friends in the whole world who was in my wedding and I was just in hers will be closer now and will get to be Aunt “J” to Dylan and I’ll get to be Aunt Erika to her future little ones! And then there’s one of my best friends from College who has a daughter nearby and will be Aunt L… and so many other very special people in my life (too many to name them all) will get to be such a special part of Dylan’s life too!!
So there it is… we are moving and I am both SO sad and SO happy! I have faith that this is the right decision for our family and I am so thankful to God for blessing our lives with such wonderful friends and experiences!