I suppose I should talk about what everybody seems to already know. It is highly conceivable that in the next few months Jen and I be leaving. Permanently. We may become honorary Hoosiers. Indiana seems to be calling to us, and we just might answer.
You may recall that little more than a month ago, on this very blog, I wrote about our vacation last year to Indiana and how it’s midwest allure has stuck with us throughout the following months. I won’t rehash all that, but I will say that since that time something pretty interesting has happened. I can’t say what it is exactly, but we are hurtling ever faster to packing up our modest belongings and the dog in a truck and not stopping until we reach the land of cornfields, affordable housing, and legally concealed firearms. After I wrote that post I was asked by my aunt what the percentage was that we would actually be moving to her neck of the woods. I gave it about a 30% chance. Today, I would say it’s closer to 75%, maybe higher.
Like I said, I can’t say what has caused the sudden change of heart, except to say that whatever it was that was holding me back just one month ago seems to be gone. And I remeber the moment it happened. I was driving home from work and happened to be thinking about it, and it just felt like it was time to go. That was it. I don’t think Jen has yet had quite the epiphany I’ve had, but she’s ready to look at seriously. We have planned a trip, a fact finding mission, if you will. The week of the Fourth of July we will be celebrating the Independence of our country with fireworks (not legal where we live now) and the thrilling (terrifying?) prospect of celebrating next years Fourth right here, in our own house on (or at least near) the lake.
Of course, you can’t just pack up and move two-thirds of the way across the country. There are the little things that get in the way, like selling and buying a home and finding gainful employment. Minor things, really, but necessary. Is it totally crazy to move to another state without having a job yet? Because that’s kind of what the plan is right now. How this is all going to play out, I don’t know. Maybe we’ll get there in three weeks and have a complete change of heart. Maybe our house won’t sell. There’s still a lot that has to happen, and happen in our favor, but we’re ready to take the steps to do what we can. The rest is in God’s hands.
Though we are excited about the possiblities, there are a lot of things that we don’t want to have to leave behind. We have so many great friends here and even though we know we’ll make new friends, we can’t imagine ever having as many as close as we do now. Our families are here. We get along with our families. We enjoy spending time with them. We don’t want to get away from them. But we do have family where we are going. Family that we’re very close to. They’re more like friends really…well, they are friends. And we’re hoping at least one friend will be coming along for the ride.
Whatever transpires in the next few weeks and months, we know that God will guide and direct us to make the right choices. As long as we are seeking His will, things will work out. Whether that’s in the Midwest or the Left Coast remains to be seen.