The One Where We’re Moving

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Long before babies, before Match got into law enforcement, before our wedding, Match and I wanted to move to Oregon. Then the economy crashed and there were no jobs to be had. We couldn’t figure out a way to make such a big move, and we got stuck in our jobs. Then Match got his job as a sheriff deputy, and we made some big life changes. I quit the working world and focused on starting our family, and life just got in the way. Recently things have been looking up, and we are very lucky to have gained a lot of equity in our home. They say it’s a “seller’s market” and that’s just what we’re doing. We’re making a big change, and we’re finally doing what we’ve always talked about.

We put the house on the market in late October, and we received a full price offer this month. We are headed to the green state, to where the majority of my family lives. We are so excited about this new adventure, though it does come with its share of stresses. Not only are we changing states, but Match is also in the process of changing careers.

After 4 years in law enforcement, essentially the entire time we’ve been married, he has decided that he is ready for a change. No more graveyard shift, no more court on his days off, and no more worrying and stressing over calls long after the fact. For me it means no more laying in bed trying to tune out the sirens, worrying if that’s him having to go code 3 to a fellow officer, or worse, someone coming to his aide. It means no more walking on eggshells around a husband who is exhausted and emotionally unavailable, because he is too wiped out from his work week. It means no more Piglet crying for dada because he hasn’t seen him for over 48 hours due to his schedule.

I can’t tell you the tremendous amount of respect I have for law enforcement families, or families of men and women in the military. But I will say this, it is not for our family. I have always supported Match 100% when it came to his career. I always said I would stand by him, as long as it was what he wanted. But I watched this career slowly eat away at who he was. I watched him change from this goofy, fun loving man who I married, to this serious, often distant man who was always kind of a grump. As soon as he resigned, I saw the old Match. He dances with me around our kitchen. He cracks jokes more, he smiles more. Here is the man I married. Oh how I have missed him!

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So now here we are, about to embark on a new adventure. We don’t actually know where in Oregon we are moving yet. We have some plans in place, and savings to live off until we get all of our ducks in a row. We are headed on a road trip to visit some of the top towns on our list, and we will see which one feels right. This is the first big adventure Match and I have ever had together. I think this is going to be a wonderful change for our family, and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Nervous? Of course. Scared? You bet. A little bit sad? Yes, I will miss our beautiful house and all we’ve done to make it our own. But I am also so happy. Because home? Well as one of my favorite songs puts it, “Home is wherever I’m with you.”

10 Comments

    thewanderblogger

    Good for you! If this is what you both want, then it’s definitely the right decision for your family. I think it’s exciting that you have no definite plans. Having the freedom to choose to settle wherever you want is not a luxury many are afforded. I hope you find the perfect spot for all three of you! Very happy for you, darling!

    Misty

    How exciting! I hear Oregon is great.

    jessica711Jessica

    Congratulations! What a happy and exciting change. 🙂

    iheartmyshoes

    Congratulations!! What an exciting time for you! It must also be a bit terrifying, but I know things will work out. I LOVE Oregon so much… my husband lived there for two years before we got married, and we went back there on our honeymoon. I fell in love with Forest Grove… but I think I would live just about anywhere near Portland. 🙂

    Stacie

    I so admire your sense of adventure. I am way too much of a planner to be adventurous. I love that you are just going to see what feels right. Can’t wait to hear more!

    Charlotte

    OMG, girl. This entire post has me grinning from ear to ear. What an exciting time in your young lives! I can understand the trepidation and fear… I mean, you are taking a HUGE step and you are giving up the security you have now to step out into the great unknown. But it’s like they always say “without risk, there is no reward.” I have a feeling you guys are on to much greener, and better pastures ahead 🙂 And I have seen from your words the toll that Match’s job has had on him and your entire family. I’m SO very glad that you get the old Match back. So funny, Bryan just started his new job yesterday (after 8 years with the same company) and he’s a whole new person, too. It’s amazing how much that can change a person.

    I can’t wait to follow along and am SO very happy for you guys.

    Nicole

    That’s soooo awesome that you got an offer on your house! The people buying ours still haven’t gotten an offer on theirs so we’re still sitting in limbo :). I’ve always wondered how people move states, I”m ready to find out 🙂 I can’t remember, what state do you currently live in if you don’t mind me asking?

    phoebe

    wow!!! this is big exciting news!! i’m thrilled for you and cannot wait to see where you’ll end up! what career is match changing to? i’m glad that he realized sooner rather than later. and that he is back to his ole jovial self! that makes me smile for you. so many congrats to you!! xoxo from the ec

    Nancy

    well well, isn’t that exciting for all three of you! I have a sister who lived in Portland, and just moved to Bend where it is a balmy -9…..brrrrrr. What a great adventure, can’t wait to see where you will land!

    Brittany

    I was so excited when I read this a few weeks ago and kept forgetting to comment. I think this is so positive for your family, I know how happy we were when we moved back home to be with family, and I’m sure you guys will be too! It seems you are following your heart!

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