Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cheesehead Mama

We are moving.

To Wisconsin.

What do you think of that?

And, more importantly, What in the world will I do about my online persona now?

Seriously, though, my husband got transferred and we are moving in a month or two. I am nervous but also optimistic. I am upset but also relieved. I am frantic and yet totally prepared for what will come.

In some way, I am comfortable with this because I always knew it was coming. We knew Texas would be temporary. The intention was always to get back up to the midwest to be closer to family.

Like every other home we've made, I've settled myself in and grown roots. I have found my place in the community and built a way of life with support from this tapestry of friends and familiar faces. Our pediatrician knows my children well. Our neighbors are trusted friends. We look forward to summer activities that we also did the previous year. The continuity of a comfortable life is about to come to a halt.

When we move I will lose that community and I will have to start over. This was devastating to me the first, second, and even third time I had to do it. But the more we move the easier it gets. I've learned quickly how to find a new doctor. I've noticed that the Wal-Mart in my new town looks exactly the same as the one in my old town. I've come to lean more on my own family than I do on friends, which is as it should be I guess. I do have friends and I do lean on them, but I've also learned that a friend who is a true friend won't let hundreds of miles be an excuse for not keeping in touch.

Our kids are going to change schools. Again. PLEASE don't make me think about that and how I'm probably ruining them. The longest they've ever been in one school is two years.

The plan is for this to be the LAST MOVE. My husband knows I don't want to lead the gypsy life any longer, moving from place to place every few years. It's funny, folks who spent their childhoods moving think it was no big deal but people who stayed in one place think moving would be heartbreaking. I guess it's just what you are used to - it has conditioned our family for change. It's just what we know, so moving isn't such a huge deal. We always know it's on the table. Our consistent is our family, it's not a house or a school or even one specific church building. It's kind of like, us against the world - together.

So, I'll be keeping you updated on the plans. Keep us in your thoughts & prayers (if you roll like that) for a smooth transition and quick sale of our house! Fingers crossed!!!

Texan Mama


Bridgett said...

The longest I went to any school was 3 years (3rd thru 5th). I went to three separate high schools. And you know what? It made me who I am. And I know it made me who I am--I have no illusions about my dysfunctions! But I've done my best to turn them into quirks. And it's made me stable because things weren't stable then (but in my case, we moved every two years or so, AND my mother was bipolar, so that makes it tricksy).

Amy said...

Good luck! Moving is always hard, but there can be fun things about moving, too. And, hey, I'm a Texas, once a Texas Mama, always a Texas Mama. ; )

Denise said...

First off, Amy beat me to it. I'm a Texas native and I have to say... Texas is one of those places that just stays with you (if you accept it as you have!). Always a Texas Mama!!

Besides, "Texas Mama" is a title... you are fabulous you no matter where you go.

As for your kids? They'll adjust. I'm one of the very rare ones who actually attended the same school from K - 12. And there were times in life (like going to college) that I think that hindered me. I had NO concept of making friends and meeting people and adapting. Your kids will rock it, with one awesome foundation of friends all over the place!

GOOD LUCK with the move!!!

Tara R. said...

Good luck to you all with this move. Hopefully you'll settle in quickly.

Jen said...

Wow, moving. That is awesome and scary.

You will figure it out.

And as for online, you can be Texan Momma (who now lives in Wisconsin) ;)

Gigi said...

Wow! That's huge and exciting (although, I must admit I'm bummed I won't be able to get back home in time to make a side trip to meet you). Here's hoping and praying that the house sells quickly and that all goes well!!

Melissa said...

So I never moved, went to the same school always so I can't relate but....EEEK! You will be close enough to visit! I can't help but squee! I need details, where, when!

tiarastantrums said...

well - you will have to change it to a block of cheese!

Jennifer said...

You know exactly how I feel about it. {harumph} But that really is for my own selfish reasons. Outside of those I want you to be happy and if this makes you happy then I'm happy for you. We should all be happy because being happy is great and I'm really trying to think of more ways to add the word happy to this comment.

Anna See said...

Excited for you. I'll be praying for you during the transition. xo

nicole said...

Oh man, I will knowing we are hanging out in the same area. I hope you continue blogging! I'll be praying for smooth transitions for everyone.

Foursons said...

Oh my goodness! This is HUGE news! Good luck and keep up updated.

Melinda said...

I'm a little jealous...I love Wisconsin (my brother lives there) I don't know if it is the kindness of the natives or just the sheer amount of cheese, but I've always had a desire to live there (or Minnesota...)

Moving is tough, but you'll get through it. And kids are resilient.

I can't wait to hear how it goes!

anymommy said...

Huge news! Moving is so stressful, but if this might be the last and closer to family, that is exciting. So many great bloggers in Wisconsin too (not a reason to move, but you know, nice all the same.)

Beth Zimmerman said...

I think you can be a Texan Mama even in Wisconsin! :) Praying for a smooth transition for your whole family!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! I wish you an easy move and transition and I can't wait to hear stories about snow and cheeseheads.

Mama Kat said...

Oh my gosh what a huge transition!! Just remember kids are resilient. They'll be okay!

In the mean time...Wisconsin Mama DOES have a ring to it!!

Sturgmom said...

Um, WHAT?!?! I just got back to DFW! Although, we probably don't live that much closer (time-wise). But, STILL. It's the principle.

Maybe we can hang out again before you go, but I know what those last few weeks are like before a move. I just went through it and our move wasn't even cross-country.

Best of luck to you and your family!!

Rachael said...

Moving is so hard, and that is such a big change! I hope that it all goes smoothly.

Wendy said...

Wow, I didn't realize you're about as nomadic as we are.

I hope you'll like Wisconsin. And I know it will be like everywhere else. Some things you will love, some things you will hate. Everywhere has it's good and bad.

My daughter is starting fifth grade and she has been in four different schools. Kindergarten was the only grade she or my son ever had all in one place. And we have some awesome kids.

My husband says moving a lot teaches you about people and making friends. I believe him, because I was handicapped by living all my life in a tiny town with friends that were the same for 13 years and picked by sheer default.

It affects all kids differently. Some become nomads, too, like my hubby. Some put down roots and never move again, like hubby's brother. Don't you get itchy feet now after a couple of years? I do. I've taken to this life. I look forward to going through my things piece by piece and ditching the things we no longer want. Making new friends, seeing what we'll like best in the new place.