You see, when my husband and I moved to Fort Wayne, IN we built up an adult life for ourselves. I learned to be independent from my family and was jolted to have to make new friends (which was no problem in college but out in the 'real world' is somewhat of a task as everyone has their own lives, jobs, families, and hobbies). We started out in Fort Wayne on our own, and when we left we said good bye to MANY fantastic, authentic, truly great friends, co-workers and what I came to call my Fort Wayne Family. When I say that we built up an adult life for ourselves, I really speak more for myself as I am not sure that my husband shares my feelings. Since graduating from college I feel like I have mostly just been living an off-shoot of college life, until we made the move. I had to let go of my old hang outs, my long time friends, the familiar roads, family and job. In Fort Wayne we blazed our own trail, we earned the scars that living away from everything familiar blemishes your life with... fear, uncertainty, apprehension and longing to be back home... We now bear the marks of confidence, independence and an uncanny ability to come together as a micro-family (my husband and I) and just depend upon each other. Living in Fort Wayne was such an experience for the both of us, we grew in so many ways and bonded on so many levels that I can't help but look back with pride and admiration.
When my husband sat down and talked to me about putting his resume in for this new position back in Rockford I fully supported him. We both wanted to get back to Illinois to be closer to our friends and family- especially the grandparents who are not getting any younger. When my husband was offered the job and we made the decision we knew there was no looking back. The life we built, the relationships, the friendships and the work we had done would be another closed chapter in both of our lives that we will always look back at and smile on.
What is interesting is that I am a firm believer in the idea that 'everything happens for a reason', when we lived in Fort Wayne during the end of the second year we decided that we might end up staying in Fort Wayne. We started looking for a house to buy and we found many beautiful houses, we put in offers, waited, countered offers, but for some reason or another all the deals fell through. The last house we put an offer in on fell through less then one week before the close date and broke our hearts;we gave up.
Alas, when my husband came out to Rockford to start his new job ahead of me and started looking for houses he found one that he fell in love with. I came out on a weekend as I was still working back in Fort Wayne saw the house and I too fell in love! We put in an offer, it was accepted and we closed within the month! Can you believe that!? After searching for a home in Fort Wayne and numerous offers the first house we put an offer in on we get in Rockford! Like I said... Everything happens for a reason. Apparently it was not in the stars for us to reside in Fort Wayne permanently.
The movers came to Fort Wayne on June 21, 2012 and delivered to our new house in Rockford on June 25, 2012. The new chapter begins! Well, it has been going on since then. So much has changed in my life in the blink of an eye. It still seems surreal that I am now living in a beautiful house in Rockford, IL just an hour away from my Mom & Stepdad (when it used to be 4 hours to visit them) in addition to being so much closer to many other family members! I plan to write more on the new house and the new member of our family in the near future but until then here is a sneak peak at our new house and our new puppy!