I am writing this post today, Plot Twist: BIG NEWS, with so many emotions. First of all, I am NOT pregnant, so let’s just get that out of the way and move on, ok? This day is one that I thought would not come for years, until maybe Sawyer and Emmy were headed off to college. However, life has a really funny way of taking twists and turns and reminding us that we’re really just along for the ride, but we certainly can have fun on that journey. We don’t have control over everything that happens but we can always make the best of it, soaking it in like a dog basking in the breeze while he sticks his head out of the car window. Gosh, I am making it sound like I am bummed about what’s going on, but I am actually ecstatic, excited, elated! However I am also sad to be closing a chapter of my life as well, and apprehensive about what life will be like for my kids. So, without further ado, the BIG NEWS is that…. the Bustamantes are moving!!!!!!!
(Photo from last year’s Halloween tour)
For a while now, some changes have been happening with Chris’ job, changes that we weren’t extremely happy with that left me with a bad feeling. Over the past year, I’ve made it my own job to find him a new one. His schedule was so crazy that he didn’t have the time to do the searching, so I spent my time perusing listings on LinkedIn and other job sites as well. There was little to be found locally in his profession (He’s a restaurant district manager) so we decided that we’d expand our search nationally, opening ourselves to opportunities in cities and states we loved, and especially zeroing in on some of our favorite states in the south. Most of our family lives farther south, and while my parents live nearby they’ll be retiring in the southern direction as well one day. Chris and I have dreamed about the future and talked especially about Kentucky or North Carolina as a destination, but North Carolina has always had a particular pull on us because it’s where we met and fell in love, where we went to college, and it offers amazing state schools for our own kids. We truly thought of moving as the “one day” and thought we’d finish raising Sawyer and Emmy here and perhaps move after that, when Wilder was still in elementary school
One day while I was looking, I came across a job in North Carolina that seemed like the perfect fit for Chris. It had the “easy apply” option, so I went ahead and did that. A month passed and we didn’t hear anything and I assumed they just weren’t looking for someone out of state, as we had run into that before, even with a job in DC (they wanted someone who lived in the district). I noticed that the job was reposted, and I thought, what the heck; maybe he can reapply and they’ll realize he’s serious, so we did just that. A couple days later, they reached out and the interview process began. From day one with that job when the recruiter reached out, I just knew. I had a feeling in my stomach that this was going to happen and we were going to be moving.
Earlier this week we received the formal offer, and Chris has accepted, and our family of five is headed to GREENSBORO, NC in January!
We are all so excited about new opportunities! Emmy’s first reaction was, “Oooooh, can we look on Zillow?” That’s my girl! Sawyer was a little more bummed at first, but we’re thinking of living close to downtown within walking distance to parks, restaurants, and shops… a total 180 from our quiet country life here, but a perfect change for a teenager and a tween. It will be great for them to be near the action, and they’re thrilled about that prospect. For me, I love the thought of having access to great areas to walk and hit the park with Wilder. I might even be able to walk to visit Chris at work sometimes! We don’t yet know exactly where we will land, but I have exactly 342 homes saved on Zillow (Ok, that’s an exaggeration).
Exactly 7 years ago on the nose, I wrote this post about our current house and how it immediately felt like home to me. We have made so many beautiful memories in this home, and truly grown as a family here. It will always hold a special place in my heart, and it’s going to be hard to say goodbye. My hope is that we pass it on to a family with small kids and that they can grow here as well and make new memories. The beauty of this blog is that I’ve documented so many special things here, and all of the memories stay within our hearts. These days when Wilder and I play on his floor, I stare at his wallpapered closet and remember how excited and hopeful I felt hanging that paper and it breaks my heart a little knowing I have to leave it behind.
Aside from the house itself, Myersville is a fantastic community and I have made so many friends I am sad to leave behind. Thank goodness for technology because I know we will stay connected. Saying goodbye is never easy.
I will have so much more to share with you as we sell this house, shop for a new one, and more… but all of this explains why things have been a little quiet over here! We’ve been working hard to get our house ready for the market and still have a lot we want to do. I simply haven’t had the time to blog and wasn’t yet in a position to tell you anything. I can also tell you that there probably won’t be much in the way of fall or holiday decor around here as it’s just easiest to keep it boxed up and decorate minimally for the seasons.
Thanks so much for following along with our journey in this house! We are looking forward to whatever the future holds for us in our new home and I can’t wait to once again decorate, document, and share with you!
In my mind, I’m going to Carolina… (the OG JT).
And just because you haven’t seen this guy in a while, I’ll finish this post with a photo of my baby boy from a couple weeks ago….