Monday, February 21, 2011


All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France

This quote fits my life perfectly right now. On Valentines Day my hubby received word that he had gotten the job he was seeking at his company’s corporate offices! His corporate office is in Houston, over 10 hours from our home. It was the good news, bad news kind of call.

We wanted this for a number of reasons, but at the top of our list was to be by family. We haven’t lived by family since we were in high school, that's a pretty long time. So we are thrilled to be closer to everyone- good news!

Bad news, we love living where we do. We have awesome neighbors and the people in this part of the country are one of a kind. I could have grown old in this house we bought sheltered in the canyon, surrounded by ranch land. I could have lived with the crazy weather, even the wind and dry air that has my face already resembling a road map. We made this overgrown, neglected house a home as we loved, laughed and lived in it. My heart, I believe, will always belong to the wide open plains of the Texas panhandle. I must die to one life to enter another.

I will apologize upfront for being neglectful with my blog in the next couple of months. So don’t mind me as I drop in and out  unexpectedly in this blogging world, just as that flighty neighbor down the street might do.   When you least expect it I’ll pop my head in and say hello, just to disappear and have you wondering when I might reappear.  I’m not trying to be unprofessional, but I am trying to keep sane as I’m running around like a crazy woman trying to homeschool, pack, and search for a new home.

Already, this new adventure has me plotting and absorbing experiences I can share with my writing. You have to truly live life to write about it and I think I’m getting a good dose of it right now!

Oh, and if you have any tips on getting my house organized for the move or advice on anything related, I’m all ears!


Terri Tiffany said...

I am so excited for you!!! I hope you will share as you go.We have applied for many jobs in that state and would love to live in Texas some day.
As a Realtor, I suggest you empty your house of all your personal items--take down photos etc and declutter counters and closets to make it look spacious. Clean everything especially bathrooms really good- and make it look as much as you can like a model house--sterile so people can imagine their own stuff in there:))

Pat's Place said...

I know just how you feel. This time last year I began packing to move out of our house. I also know how you feel to leave that part of Texas. I have a huge place in my heart for those wide open spaces called the Llano Estacado! I will be sad to not have you there so I can "go home" now and then.

Cassandra Frear said...

I've got lots of tips, having moved several times. Maybe you want them...maybe you don't. LOL

I love the quote at the top.

Tana Adams said...

Congrats on your move! Being near family is nice Sometimes.

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's great news!
We made the move to be closer to family too--especially after the death of my father (10 years ago). It is nice.
You're going to have your hands full for sure. Good luck with the move and everything. Keep us posted.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Great book: After the Boxes are Unpacked. I think it's by Sue Miller

~ Wendy

Jessica Nelson said...

I have no tips but I really think you'll have a wonderful move and love being by family. :-)

Nancy said...

I'm so excited for you. Your quote was so true. It must be difficult leaving your home, but I know you will have great new times up ahead.
How I would pack differently from last time: I'd put only items related to one room in a box, no matter whether it is the best fit for items or not. I'd write "now" on the box if you will use it right away and "later" if it is collectibles, etc. Hope you enjoy your move. I'll keep looking for your blog. I'm very patient.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Congratulations to your hubby, and on the move. That's my advice, look at is a positive, always, and that will make it so much easier to handle!

Hope you post pics of your new 'home land' once you're settled!

Warren Baldwin said...

Cheryl and I enjoyed meeting you today! Quite a surprise! It will make your blog more personal now.

Good luck to you guys in this exciting transition.

And we looked for mountain lions all the way home. None. I did find some lions at HL, but they were African, not mountain.

Warren Baldwin said...

Hope the move is going well! WB