I've been itching to post about this for a while, but we wanted to make sure all of our plans were set before revealing our big family news: We're moving to Chicagoland!
After years (our whole marriage, actually) of seeing Jude only a few days a week, we're going to leave our rural Missouri home and relocate closer to work. We're excited to be able to spend more time together as a couple, and more time as a family. Our kids will get to experience the "typical" American family life, where the parents that work come home every day.
There are so many opportunities for us, I'm pretty excited about our move. I'm looking forward to taking a day during the week to go to the zoo, or the lakefront, or check out some other awesome places that we don't have access to in the middle of rural America (yay for Jude's self-employed flexible schedule!)
I'm sure it will be hard on the kids. They'll be moving away from their neighbor-Grandma, Evelyn, who's been a wonderful friend to us, and they'll be far away from everyone they know. They'll make new friends (as will I!) I'll also miss the being "out" part of things - a dark sky with stars I can see at night. Space around my house, filled with trees and wildlife. Fewer people, less traffic. No tollways.
Trade-offs, for sure, but for the sake of being a family, all together on a daily basis, I think it's worth it!