Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Location, location

A subject that is brought up often by our families is the one of us moving back to Ohio.

Will we? If so, when?

And honestly... the answers are no and never.

I know that this is painful information for both of our families to digest. Of course they want to be near us, to watch Aidan grow, to have us there to celebrate birthdays, retirements, graduations.

But you know what?

I LIKE living far away.

Really, I do!

I remember right after Aidan was born, I was overwhelmed, missing my mom and experiencing a bad case of the "baby blues" and had asked Jason to have a talk with his boss to see if there was a possibility that we could move back.

I'm happy to say that he never got farther than posing the question. Because, really, I don't want to ever move back.

Yes, I miss my family and friends. Yes, I want Aidan to know his cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

But, I also enjoy the distance.

We're able to truly have our own lives down here. Free of family day-to-day goings on and drama. We are able to spend a lot of time with friends and form lasting friendships. Friends become family- and it's wonderful!

I also love how special our visits back to Ohio are.

I know that as our children get older, they'll look forward to those trips up north. They'll cherish that time spent with their grandparents and cousins even more than if they saw them everyday. They'll look forward to summer vacations at the beach with extended families, and large gatherings at Christmas. It almost makes family seem more special to them since they won't be close enough to take them for granted.

Even if we do move from Texas, I know that it won't be back to Ohio.

And I'm okay with that. I just hope everybody else is.

Linking up with Shell today.... :)


  1. I need that distance, too. As much as I sometimes get sad about not being near my brothers and their families, we need that space!

  2. I'm the opposite-- I like having family close and can't wait until my parents are in Cincinnati permanently (my dad works here now, but drives home every weekend). But being 4 hours away isn't bad either. Both my parents and Eric's parents are great about giving us space. Sometimes we go several weeks without seeing either. But it's nice to know they're there for babysitting, overnights, or just to visit. Cate and Brennan are the only grandkids on either side, so they love the attention.

    Even so, we've made our own "family" among close friends that live nearby. I think it comes naturally whether you're close to family or not. We all need people in the same stage of life as us.

  3. I really appreciate this post as we are gettin ready to relocate away from our family. but if you visit my blog, shhhhh...I haven't broke the news to my bff yet.


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