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Whoa!

When you read the title of this post, you have to read it properly.

And by that, of course, I mean as though you were watching an episode of Blossom. (remember that show? Those were the days)

I don’t even know where to begin.

The sanity check that I posted last time? Yeah… I had no idea what I was in for. The last couple of weeks have been CRAZYtown!!

There’s so much to update you on, that I couldn’t possibly do any single thing justice… So here’s a concise version:

– We finally listed our town home for sale. We got word that an offer is coming in (tomorrow?) so pray pray pray that it’s a good one that we can work with.

– I went on my work-sponsored house-hunting trip this past week. It was amazing! Not just the house-hunting, but getting to see Studly after being apart for two weeks, as well as getting my first glimpse of our new home city, and how could I not mention…..

– We found a house! Well… that’s the understatement of the day. We found THE house! And I’m pretty sure that I mentioned previously that the plan was to rent for the first year, in order to get used to the area and find where we’d really want to live and actually put down roots before starting a family, BUT…. Then we found this house. Holy Moses it’s amazing! I never in my life thought that I’d get to live in such an absolutely gorgeous house… It’s a dream home! I’m still pinching myself, really. If I wasn’t such a weirdo about putting personal details on the interwebs then I’d post pictures, but oh MAN oh man… It’s just…. Unbelievable!

– I leave in two weeks. TWO. WEEKS. Movers and “the truck” are due to arrive in just over a week (finally confirmed the dates), and that’s it. I’m moving clear across the country with my stud and my pup and that’ll be that. It’s really happening!

I’m not sure that I can really express through a blog just how much this move means to us… Or just how much we’ve longed for such an opportunity. So just know this – if I could sit across from you and tell you this in person, I’d probably end up crying. I’d be beaming… And I’d more than likely go on and on for quite some time.

Thanks for your support, blog buddies. Can’t wait to share more with you as things happen.

Oh…. And SO sorry for keeping you in the dark for so long. I clearly left out quite a bit of detail on these things, so ASK QUESTIONS! It’d be much easier to fill you in without forgetting things that way. 😉

~Hope

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BIG Changes

My boss finally made the announcement, so… I guess that makes it official.

We’re moving!

GAAAAHHHHH!!

It still doesn’t feel real. We’ve been wanting to leave Maryland for years, but it’s actually relatively difficult to figure out how to relocate to a city where you know no one and still somehow find jobs for two different people. But alas, it’s finally happening.

We are BEYOND thrilled, but there’s a part of me that’s still just waiting for the other shoe to drop. For someone to step in and say “jk! Gotcha! You’re not actually going anywhere.”

Regardless, I know in my brain that it’s real. It’s happening. The official report date is still being ironed out, though we are looking at sometime in June, and soon I will begin the process of transferring my job, finding a home…. Starting a new life. Wow – it feels weird to say that. We get to completely start over!

How does one even begin to do that? I mean… It’s like getting a do-over. A “Try again” option in the video game of life (for those “metaphor whores” like me, out there). How stinking cool is that?!

Anyway – my family still doesn’t know. My sisters know that it’s probably going to happen at some point this year, but no sort of timeframe. My parents know NOTHING about us even leaving, so that will be an interesting reveal.

Study’s family is aware. We’ve kept them in the loop ever since this dream was born. His family is just much more laid back and, frankly, supportive of what we want and whatever works for us, whereas mine just found out yesterday. They are all very happy for us and excited to see us begin this new chapter in our lives. They’re happy because we’re happy. And isn’t that exactly how it should be?

However, this isn’t a post a post about family, in general, but rather about MY family and what’s coming next for us.

This move holds a LOT of opportunity for us and I can’t wait to take those first steps toward our future (stay tuned for more deets on those plans).

There’s no doubt in my mind that God has brought us to this moment. And in his timing… it is perfect. We have whined, cried, yelled, laughed insanely, and altogether just longed for this to happen for years, and time after time it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for us as each new opportunity seemed to fade away – some almost immediately, and some much more gradually. Nonetheless, it’s here now. It’s finally happening, and we are so beyond grateful for the privilege to take this BIG step forward.

So how about you – have any of you gotten the chance to start over, completely? And dreamers out there? Anyone feeling hopeless? Anyone too scared to take that first step?

Or what about those of you that LOVE your life and exactly where you are at the moment? Let’s hear it. 🙂

~Hope

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