Two years ago, my little family moved from Pennsylvania out into the snowy wilderness of Wisconsin. My son Grayson was just over a year, and he happily explored our new condo while my husband worked long hours at his new job and I clung to a glass of Ginger Ale and a handful of saltines- newly pregnant with our daughter and painfully nauseated. Those first few months were some of the longest and loneliest for me, new to parenting without local extended family, new to being pregnant with a toddler, new to living in Wisconsin, and a category all its own: new to Midwest winters.
But time went on, and I started to learn our area and frequent library story times and make a few sweet friends. I found a fantastic OB who hugged me on my first prenatal appointment with her, when she found out I didn’t have family nearby. I would look forward to my appointments with this tremendously kind, experienced physician.
We found a church that graciously accepted us with open arms, and welcomed me into its mom culture. I met some strong women there who turned into great friends of mine. We wouldn’t realize until later how much we would need that church community and our friends to lean on the next year when we had Londyn and she was soon after diagnosed with DDH and we began that roller coaster.
Life has been hard in Wisconsin, and a lot of that is not Wisconsin’s fault. Nevertheless, I am excited to share that while I was busy with the ups and downs of being a stay at home mom, my husband has been consistently working hard at his job and earning experience and respect among his colleagues. His hard work paid off when just recently he was offered a promotion, which is going to move our family to Virginia!
We are saddened to leave the friends we’ve made here that we hold dear, but excited to start a new chapter in our family’s life. We were able to do a quick trip to check out the area and happened upon a beautiful house for rent with a backyard! A bit of earth to call our own has been a desire of mine for so long, living in apartments and condos with two active little ones to entertain. When I think of our new house, I envision this painting by Katie Daisy, which I may just buy for myself as a housewarming present!
We have been busy enjoying the holidays with family visiting, FaceTiming those we weren’t able to see in person, and packing. I’m thankful we got to have a beautiful snowstorm before Christmas, and had the chance to take the kids out to play in the snow and Grayson sledding for the first time! He absolutely loved it. My friend gifted us this perfect handmade sign, “Wherever we are together, that is home” which is certainly our motto. Life continues to barrel forward, and especially at the holidays, we are reminded of how important family and friends are and holding those close whom we love. We wish you all a Happy New Year and joy in your lives, no matter what your zip code!