Well, our time here in Michigan has come to an end. Brendan got a job in Milwaukee and we leave in a couple weeks. It has all happened so fast, it's wierd! On the one hand, we've been preparing for this for a long time, knowing he was looking for jobs and interviewing. On the other hand, he had an interview one week and was offered a job the next, to start a couple weeks after that. So it kinda happened in a blur!
I have mixed emotions about leaving. Mostly I'm excited!! I am so glad to be going back to the city that became my home. I have tons of friends there, there are things to do, cool apartments that are affordable, Grandma and Grandpa live there, we'll be by Lake Michigan again. Just thinking of this spring and hanging out with friends and going camping and hiking and skipping stones at the lake with Ingrid--it makes me so happy!!
However, moving means leaving behind some great friends I've made here. And of course we all got pregnant at the same time, and I might not even get to meet the other two little boys, who won't make their appearances until after we leave...And Ingrid loves her little pals, it will be hard to have her ask to play with them and have to tell her no, they're six hours away. Honestly, we probably won't ever come back to Ann Arbor after we leave. My family is on the other side of the state, so going to Michigan means going there, not all the way over here. Maybe they'll want to come visit Milwaukee?
Mostly I'm just relieved that we are going to get our life going. I feel like we've been in limbo for years. First it was grad school, then moving, then job hunting, and now finally we get to move home, buy a house, and know we're going to be there for more than a year! No more wondering what the future holds, we can actually LIVE our lives now! It was so frustrating to have to wonder where we'd be. I want to sign Ingrid up for ballet lessons, but where will be? I want to look at preschools, but where will we be? We wanted to plan a trip to our favorite campground in Wisconsin, but would we be near there or all the way across the country? Now we know!! Now we can plan!!
It's such a good feeling.