Monday, September 07, 2009

Four years

Four years ago this weekend, Jon and I got in our car and drove 15 hours to move from Chicago to Cary, NC. We were one of those cars packed to the brim that you pass, wondering where they are going. We were going to our new life.

We spent two years making a decision where to move by researching cities and making lists of our must-haves and would-like-to-haves. We described our ideal home, our ideal city, and our ideal life. The drive was a drive of hope, one where we talked for hours about whether this place would live up to our expectations. Would we be happy there? Would we make a life we want? Would we have kids? Would our kids be happy there?

Four short years later, those questions have been answered. Our life is everything we ever dreamed, with the highlight being these two wonderful 3 year olds:

NateAlexFarm

Four years later, moving to a new city together has been the best adventure to ever happen to us. Nate and Alex are decadent icing on the delicious cake of my life with Jon.

JonNateAlexPark

While we have many milestones to celebrate (years together, years married), this one sometimes feels like the biggest because it is the milestone where we took a major leap in the direction of our dreams.

My dream for the next four years: enjoy my time with my best friend and my two boys.

11 comments:

HeatherV said...

Great post and love the line about "icing on the cake". So glad of all the places you could have moved you chose to Raleigh :-)

nonlineargirl said...

Sweet.

Bert Bell said...

What a lovely post to the men in your life.

Eva said...

That last picture is phenomenal.

Mike and Jill said...

Awesome! You brought a huge smile to my face reading your words. The pics did too! :)
j

bb and mtb said...

It's wonderful when the universe leads you to where you are supposed to be. Oh, I know you wrote about the conscious choice you made to move to NC to build your life together, but do you really think 'you' made that choice all alone?

For what it's worth, this is also the ultimate cop-out... "The universe made me do it, Mom!" ;)

London said...

Great post. Thanks for reminding me that some chances are worth taking.

I'm so looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks!!!

Lindsay said...

And if the boys weren't already part of the picture, they had to be close! I was already pregnant with JTC 4 years ago. =)

Sandra said...

How brave and what a wonderful adventure. I particularly like the researching which city part. We are always debating if we will move or not - can we develop a new life somewhere else that is as rewarding as the one we've currently cultivated. You make it sound easy! Thanks for sharing this story.

Kara said...

Such a sweet post!

Marie said...

Such a sweet post! So many people concentrate on what they don't have instead of the blessings they do have. It's such a treat to see someone who is fully happy with everything they have in their life! :)