Big Changes

A week from right now, D and I will  be on our way out of Ohio. I can’t say permanently because his family is here, but we will only be back for visits. I am through the roof excited for this big change on our lives. We can’t wait to get to our new home and begin a new chapter in our lives. This has been talked about for quite sometime, but when my job told me on October 8 that they didn’t feel we were “compatable”, that sealed the deal.

After 4.5 years of working there, I was informed we were incompatable. Nice right? Maybe you should have decided that BEFORE 4.5 years. I can’t say I wasn’t warned. A colleague had told me that the “big wigs” thought I was the most cold, abrasive and unapproachableof the women in the office.  Crazy! Perhaps it’s because my position didn’t require daily contact with these people. Right before I went on vacation our department hired a new person. THAT was the biggest clue, but I was reassured that it ABSOLUTELY was not my replacement.

D and I had talked  about moving home for a while. I was waiting for the right time. But, really would there ever be a “right” time? That day I had a bit of a push. Apparently, someone has bigger plans for us. Since then things have kind of fallen into place for us. That night that I lost my job D sat me down and made me realize these things. He told me that it had been so many years since I had been near my family and in reality we don’t have a close relationship. This was his idea. He tells me all the time that we are close withhis family and it’s been forever since I have had that he wants that for me, for us.

I began looking for jobs back home, homes, and yet wondering how we were going to do all this with me having no job. Unemployment helps, but it’s not the income I was used to! I have a couple great leads for when we get home on  good jobs. D told me he wanted to go to a small town, and one that he knew. That was going to be a tough one since he’d been to my hometown and the town that my neice lives in. I haven’t ever desired to go back to my hometown, but it’s closer to Des Moines and more job opps. I searched for housing there. I called my mom and asked for her help. She suggested that I try a nearby city. I personally believe it was her subtle way of telling me she didn’t want us living in town.

Then one day, I got a text. We found you a house, from a friend. They called and told us all about it. Ecstatic we began searching for jobs nearby there. It’s a WHOLE house (that’s a big deal when you are used to “doubles”) on a quarter acre lot for $475! Cheap! It’s just what we wanted. Small town living, close to home. We haven’t told anyone where we’ll be living. D wonders why I haven’t told anyone. I guess I just feel like they haven’t been real worried about what’s gone on in the last 6 years that I haven’t been close so what does it matter. Plus while we will be closer to home, I don’t want to be too close. It’s a hard thing to explain.

We’ve decided that the only things we will be  moving home is what will fit in my truck. Basically, kitchen items, scrapbooking things, clothes and our kitty! We have to come back in December for a family Christmas thing so we are basically moving in two truck loads. An amazing friend of mine will be keeping some of our things for us until we come back in December. You should see out living room. There’s a wall full of things we are waiting to take the second load and a wall filling up with things for the first load. A third wall is full of items that we’ve placed on craigslist and freecycle to find new homes and then empty boxes.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for the holidays. I haven’t been home for the holiday season but once in the last 6 years and that was the most miserable trip thanks to my ex. We have a new niece that is changing each day and are ecstatic to be closer to home to wtch her grow. Not only will we be able to be close and see them more, but my other niece and nephew will be close as well. Next year is my neice’s senior year of high school and I am ECSTATIC to be able to be close and share those experiences with her as well. And, my nephew, well he thinks D is the best thing since sliced bread. While I am excited, it’s also scary to leave the only thing you’ve known for the past 6 years. I will miss the lake, the sports teams, you know the things they don’t have in Iowa, but Iam more than sure that we will find our lives full of family and that will soon overshadow the things I will miss about Cleveland. Well, it won’t overshadow D’s family. They are great and supportive.

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