Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Relocation



These past few weeks have been quite the whirlwind.  Emotions have been running high, and to say it's very complicated in our house right now would be an understatement. 

I'll go with mucho, uber complicated.

We're relocating.  It's a mixed emotion scenario that has some of us crying, some of us jumping for joy and some of us afraid of the uncertain.  My children, for the most part, have grown up here.  In this money pit of a house I've cursed many times.  This is the house my munchkins come home to after school, the house that Santa brings the presents Christmas Eve.  They don't know about bills, taxes or how much money is in the bank account.

They know this house.

Hubby has landed a job that will advance his career, a job that will benefit the family in the long run.  The short run will be difficult, but the long run will reap the rewards.  This opportunity was one he couldn't pass up, and the miracle of the whole scenario is that the job is where our dearest friends live.

What are the chances?

He found a new job, in this crap of a job market, right where we spend long weekends.  It's a town we've long loved and even considered moving to after we had our first baby.  These friends have been family; family we've chosen because we love them so much.  They'll be there to welcome us with open arms, and to lead the way through school registration, to the grocery store and through the cow pastures.

Sorry, I had to go there.

While the kids cry and digest the thought of new friends, new football teams and new gymnastics trainers, we look ahead.  We stay positive and keep strong.  We do all this with a heavy heart, sad for the town and friends that have sustained us through many shenanigans.  Our faces have been in our gymnastics gym and on the football field for years.  We've been a staple at school assemblies and orientations.  There have been 4th of July picnics, Halloween parties and playdates with wonderful friends.

I haven't even mentioned my parents.  My mother has been my rock these past few years, babysitting so I could work at night and Hubby could still coach football.  She's been at every football game and picked up my daughter from gymnastics many times.  She's come to school parades and basketball games.  To know we won't be able to see her as much as we like is pure heartache.

We'll miss this place very, very much.  I never realized how much I loved it until I knew we were leaving.  Money pit and all.  I know in a few months I'll be wiping tears from munchkin eyes as they fall asleep in their new beds. I'll be wiping them too. 

But Pennsylvania, here we come.  I hope you're ready, because Mommyhood is movin' in.



7 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I'm so very excited for you and your family. Moving is a life changing event, but what a great opportunity for a new beginning! I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible for you and your family's upcoming move!

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  2. Congratulations on the new job for your honey!!! I teared up reading this. Big hugs to you.

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  3. PA isn't THAT bad, cow pastures and all. ;) It's such a tough thing, moving. Opportunities that can't be passed up are hard to come by, though. Best of luck to you and yours.

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  4. Congrats on the big move & new job opportunity! What an exciting time for your family. I know the kids may complain now and be apprehensive about what lies ahead, but they'll be okay. My parents moved me and my three older siblings half-way across the country when I was in third grade. My dad had an amazing job offer, and we packed our bags and moved to a place where we knew absolutely no one and no one in my family had ever been before. We didn't have a house yet, so the 6 of us and our cat lived in a one bedroom apartment for three months! (It was supposed to be for just a few weeks, but well, you know how that goes haha.) I'm sure my mom loved that.... but we came to love, love, love the place we now call home (Cincinnati, Ohio), and I can't imagine not growing up there or meeting all the friends our family made. p.s. I can't remember where you live now, but Pennsylvania is beautiful.

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  5. Congrats on this new phase in your life (and woo hoo for moving near close friends!!). . my parents moved me across country in my 4th grade year and I was not happy about it, but in the end it was all good (seven of us lived in adjoing hotel rooms for a couple weeks while our house was finihsed)

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  6. As a mom who has just moved 3 kids from the only house they've ever known (ages 7, 6,and 3) overseas, I totally feel you. That said, kids are amazingly adaptive. They won't complain if you don't. From your blog I know you are impressively positive and some kind of hero mother, so you'll be great. Get them excited, get them involved and keep your down moments 98% to yourself. 2% of the time you get to tell them, "Mommy's a little sad too, but I'm really excited about ____ ____ and ___."

    We started preparing our kids months in advance because my oldest would break down in tears at the thought of leaving her house or any single thing in it behind. In the end, she barely blinked an eye and only occasionally mentions that she wants to keep the house forever and not let anyone else have it... ever.

    Believe your whole family will glide smoothly through this transition and you will.

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