Things have been quiet on the blog because of some pretty major changes happening behind the scenes. We will be leaving our wonderful home in Colorado and moving to the Frederick, Maryland, area. We’ve known this was coming for several months. My husband accepted a job last fall that requires him to be within commuting distance of both D.C. and New York, but he’ll be able to continue working from home when he’s not needed in either place.
Accepting the job and agreeing to move feels like it all happened months ago. And it did. So long ago that it’s been easy to be in denial that such a big change was coming. But now our house is under contract, and we are finalizing the rental house we’re moving into in Maryland. Boxes are beginning to pile up in the corners, and things are coming down off the walls. Our time here is coming to a close.
Leaving our home in Colorado is much harder than leaving our house in Colorado. Yes, we’ve shared countless dinners with good friends around our kitchen table and out on our patio. And we’ve had two babies born while we’ve been living here. Still, it’s leaving our good, strong network of friends and family that’s the really tough part. So tough, I’m not even going to try to articulate what that’s like. Because I just can’t, and because I really should stop procrastinating and figure out how to pack that box of odd-shaped items, even though I’d rather sit down with each good friend and share a long dinner or a meandering walk.
It’s much easier to look ahead.
Where we’re going is less than a mile from my childhood best friend. Our families will be able to hang out regularly and bike to each other’s houses, instead of just she and I seeing each other every other year. Our kids will be in the same school. My daughter can walk or bike to her middle school. My other daughter’s preschool is two blocks down the street, and we’ll pass two old, steepled churches to get there.
We’re finalizing the rental contract on an 1850s renovated log cabin on Main Street U.S.A. We’ll be downsizing in square footage, number of bedrooms, closet space, and all five of us will be sharing the same tub/shower. The upstairs bedrooms are all connected. My daughter has a staircase up to her odd shaped room and a stackable washer-dryer in her closet. Still, all things considered, we’re incredibly excited to try out life in this little cottage.
We don’t know if this will be a permanent move. We may find we need to be closer to New York. This year will be a tryout of sorts for figuring out where we should set up our lives on the East Coast. We feel lucky that we get a season of being near friends while we figure it out.
The other big change that’s been happening behind the scene is that I decided to change the look of my blog. I figured now that I was done working on projects around the house, I’d spend my free time and money upgrading my blog design. Talk about terrible timing. Getting the house ready to show meant cleaning everything daily, sometimes several times a day. And, amazingly, our house got a contract in a little under two weeks. So, we quickly had to transition into setting up our lives on the other side of this move.
All that is to say: Look, my blog looks different now! And yes, it’s still under construction. All of the categories are broken. I’m working on this when I’m not scheduling dinners, walks, and coffees, selling off old stuff, or packing boxes, and will hopefully have it figured out soon. Okay, so maybe not so soon, but I’ll get there.
For now, I need to keep my focus on people and packing, less procrastinating.