Let’s jump right, shall we?
That’s right, we’re ripping up our Michigan roots and headed back to Pennsylvania.
Half of my heart is so very excited to share this news while the other half is so very sad. I cannot begin to tell you how long & how hard Andrew and I have prayed & considered this move thinking through what we’ll lose, what we’ll gain, where we want Jack to grow up, and ultimately, where we want to raise our family. We’ve always tried to be flexible when it comes to future plans because you never know what’s around the bend. But we do know that this decision will be far more permanent than the one we made 5 years ago when we chose to stay in MI.
Just in case you didn’t know. Andrew & I are both PA natives, even though we’ve spent all of our married life together here in MI (SIX years, baby!), the possibility of moving back was never off the table. We’ve simply been living our lives, enjoying things here in MI, and taking one year at a time.
However, things happen and plans change.
Things like, my Dad starting dialysis/chemo/radiation all within the space of one year. Or having a baby and wanting to be closer to your family for support. And when things like that happen, it forces your hand—it’s time to stare down this big, impossible decision and choose one way or the other.
So yes, it’ll be very nice to not endure MI/WI winters anymore. To have access to a great Christian school for Jack. To have a fresh start of sorts. But mostly, it’ll be priceless to be around for my Dad and to be close enough to stop by and see Grandparents on a Sunday afternoon. These are things that we decided could not be lived without—and if we tried, would only result in regret.
We’ve spent the last month ripping off the band-aid and sharing our plans with our MI friends, church family, and co-workers. And now that the “hard part” is over, I feel like I can be truly excited about our future plans. Even though it rips our heart in half to leave MI and all the wonderful memories & folks (that have been more like family) here—we have peace in our decision and look forward to new ventures in PA!
The plan is to use the summer for all of the overwhelming moving tasks (moving sale—locals, mark it down! Selling our house. Job hunting. Etc. Etc.) and then hopefully, move in the early Fall. We are set to move into and purchase my Dad’s home while he looks for a place that is smaller & easier to manage.
Another BIG CHANGE for me—my last day at the bank is set for August 30th, at which point I’m hoping to officially transition into being a SAHM. It’s no secret that we want more kids sooner rather than later and besides the fact that day care costs quickly add up, I truly WANT to be at home with my kiddos—especially when they’re little. It’ll be a little weird, since I was 12 I’ve always held a job of some sort and I’ve truly enjoyed the ways I’ve grown & been challenged in the workplace. But it’s clear to me, that right now–for our family, the best place for me is at home. I have so much to give my family and unfortunately, my job has a tendency to take away from that more than help. I’m very thankful that, currently, I have that option.
On top of that, I’m planning to take a portion of the time & energy that I usually pour into my full-time job into my “side hustle.” Which is something I’ve been wanting to do for years. I feel like it’s so easy to get caught up in the practicality of living life, making ends meet, and end up putting aside the big dreams of what we truly enjoy & find fulfillment in because there just isn’t enough time in the day. Sometimes that’s totally necessary. Bills have to get paid. But sometimes we have the choice. Personally, I feel like it’s Christmas morning all over again, in getting an opportunity to mesh Motherhood & my creative passions together.
This means things like, without giving too much away: expanding the blog (more on that later), pouring into that late-night Mama’s group that I told you I wanted to start, AND sharing more practical essential oil recipes/uses/blends (some of you have asked if I’m still into Young Living—YES! It’s just been hard enough to produce one blog post a week; much less intentionally share all the oily things I’ve been learning & using. But I’ve been learning so much, friends. And I plan to share all my “secrets.”). Lots of changes for our little family! And I couldn’t be happier that those changes involve more time with family & all of you. I’ll keep you posted. For now, you can trust that I’m either working, snuggling, or packing another box. ❤️