I’ve been thinking about how to write this post for the past few weeks, and there’s really no way to say it other than …. we’re moving to Springfield, Illinois.
Yep. Not a joke.
I’ll wait for you to pick your jaw up off the ground, because everyone we’ve told in the past week has had the same reaction – jaw to the floor, followed by, ‘whaaaat?’
Kalen has an absolutely great opportunity for work. He’s been working really hard, and this is the best next step for him. I’m really happy for him, and when this opportunity came up, there was no doubt that he had to take it.
And my favorite part of this move is that it’s a couple years and then we’re back in Milwaukee. WOO HOO!!
I’ve had every emotion about this move from ‘yeah Kalen, this is so great for you and for our future, I’m so proud of you’ to ‘ehh nope, no thanks, I love Milwaukee and our life here, I’m never leaving.’
It’s been an emotional few weeks to say the least. I’ve gone from laughing to tears in a matter of minutes several times.
We didn’t tell anyone this might be a possibility until Kalen had the job offer in hand, because we just didn’t want others to have to think about the idea if it didn’t happen.
We were straight up dreading telling my parents and our neighbors. Of course all of the conversations went way better than I’d imagined, because everyone loves Kalen and is really happy for him … and really happy that we’re moving back.
I also feel much better about the move once we decided we’re keeping our house here. We can’t stand to give it up. We put a whole lot of work into this house with the idea that we’d be living here for a long time.
Plus, houses in our area just aren’t available right now. When one goes up for sale, it’s gone in a matter of hours. We know if we give up our house, odds are, we’re not getting back in this neighborhood and definitely not on our street where all of our neighbors (friends) live – and they’ve all made it very clear they’ll all still be living here when we get back and for many years after that. So we’re not giving it up.
Our neighbors were definitely more on board with the whole ‘oh hey guys, we’ll be back in a couple years’ thing once we told them not only are we coming back, we’re literally coming back to this house. They’re joking they’ll just use our house as the neighborhood clubhouse and everyone will come and go as they please, could we keep the beer fridge stocked? Ha! That would be fab, but you know … that whole darn money thing. So we’re going to rent our house out to make it all work.
Hey all my fabulous Milwaukee readers, want to live in our house? Know someone looking to rent? Email me. 🙂
So, Springfield. I’ve never been there and don’t know a thing about it! Who’s from Springfield? Fill us in, please! Where should we live? What are the must-do’s? Where should we eat? I’ve already googled the nearest HomeGoods, World Market, Target, Michael’s, of course.
My brother Stephen and Cathie went to Springfield last year for a Phil Vassar concert – and got to hang out with him after the concert (!!!!) – so I’m hoping Phil makes his way back to Springfield so we can become BFFs. Phil is my FAVORITE concert ever in case you haven’t read my About Me page. We met him in Chicago a few years ago.
We also met him in Milwaukee last summer, but the picture is so terrible I’m not posting it haha.
My brother David (who’s in Seattle now) went to school in St. Louis and lived there for a few years after college, so he’s driven through Springfield on the Milwaukee-St. Louis drive about a million times. He says Springfield to Milwaukee is an easy four hour drive, and we don’t have to go through Chicago so there’s no traffic to worry about. That’s a definite plus.When we lived in Cincinnati, it was a six hour drive home, so this is definitely closer, which is good.
Plus just being able to drive home is good period. We didn’t want to move anywhere that involved buying a plane ticket to get home, because that just gets expensive and means less trips home/less visitors our way.
St. Louis is about an hour or two from Springfield, depending where we end up living, so I’m sure we’ll spend some time there. We always had fun there when we were visiting David so at least we’re somewhat familiar with it. Of course he doesn’t live there now that we’ll be so close! (Isn’t that how it always goes?!)
Our plan is to buy a small house in Springfield. Nothing crazy, something we can do some work to … one of Kalen’s selling points to get me to move when I was in one of my ‘eh moving? no thanks’ moods — decorating, DIY projects, a whole new house for you to do whatever you want to!! He knows me well, and I’m all about the house projects. Plus I have to blog about something!
We won’t be doing crazy renovations like we did in this house or our Cincinnati house because we know there’s an end date in sight (again, WOO HOO!), but we’ll be doing some smaller projects and, based on the houses we’ve been looking at online, a whooooole lotta painting. I’m excited about the projects.
Not really sure on timing. We’ll probably be in Springfield early summer. We have to find a house there, find renters here, pack everything up …. the to-do list is crazy long and growing. I feel like I’m running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done.
So basically, it’s all good — and really good for Kalen’s career. It’s definitely bittersweet, and I’ll cry way too much when we leave, but it’s all okay because we’re coming back. “See ya later” is a whole lot easier to swallow than “goodbye.”