We had planned on moving this summer when our lease was up but life never goes as you plan it and our time line got moved up...to the end of January.
How do you decide where you're going to settle down? When the world is open to you, how do you choose? When your families are almost 2,000 miles apart....how do you choose?
We did the only thing that made sense to us. We started applying for jobs in both Oregon and Minnesota. When it came right down to it, we wanted our choice to be very clear. No questions...no doubts.
There were two interviews with companies in Oregon, one in Austin, TX for a possible remote position and then one in Duluth, MN. Donald had two phone interviews with the company in Duluth and then they flew him up to spend the day with them. He spent a long weekend with my parents and when he got back to TX, they offered him a job and gave him everything he asked for.
Could it have been more clear? I don't think so.
Because of this, I'm surprisingly chill.
But, just because our decision was practically made for us doesn't mean it's without it's complications. Like our lease....it's not up until July.
Also, it's bittersweet in a lot of ways. Our hearts are in Oregon too. We have some very special friends here in Texas and it'll be hard to leave them. The girls love our friends here. Ava has told me more than once that she doesn't want to make new friends when we move because she already has friends.
One thing that amazes me is that I think that Donald is more excited than I am. We've come a long way folks. :)
I don't think it's really sunk in for me yet. I never thought I'd live in MN again. When I think about all of the things I want to do with my kids I get that funny feeling in my heart....like it's going to burst. When I think about finally living close to my parents...I tear up.
This will be our eighth move in eight years together. I'm ready to settle.
Mild winters have made me soft....will we survive?
According to my Grandma, "It's cold, windy, snowy and wonderful."
Spoken like a true