Just last week I sat down and added to my calendar every school event and holiday for the 2009-2010 school year. For both Gavin's school and the girls preschool. I jotted western day, pajama day, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas parties, etc. I added the girls gymnastics schedule for the year, and had a tentative day for Gavin's tennis and Ellie's dance. I was pretty impressed with myself to have the year planned out. How quickly plans for an entire year can change.
Last Saturday morning Frank received a call with a great opportunity. Unfortunately, that opportunity requires us moving from the place we call home. The place we have pretty much always called home. For those of you that know us, you know this is a VERY hard decision for us, even though to many it would be a no-brainer. We grew up here, went to college and came back. Our family is here and we have friends who we think of as family here. I've always had this little fantasy that our kids, who have had friends since being days old, would know and grow up with these friends forever and ever. Sounds like a fairytale, right? It was mine anyway.
So this was a BIG decision. But, ultimately we feel that by Frank accepting the position we are doing what is best for our family in the long run. I am extremely proud of Frank. Extremely happy for him and we are going to make the most out of our new adventure and our fairytale is going in a new direction. As scary as it is, I have been praying for direction and for peace. For the first few days I kept questioning what the right decision was, weighing all the advantages and disadvantages, wondering how we would know and see the "signs" that this is the direction we should take. It is a long story, but the pieces seem to be falling into place, and I feel like I am getting more and more signs that this IS the right thing for us to do. I am constantly amazed that if you diligently ask for answers, you get them. I think this move will be great for us. That doesn't mean it's not scary for me, that I am not going to cry, and miss everyone terribly, because I do know me, and know it will be a big adjustment. But I am feeling much more at peace and know this is the right thing to do for our family.
So, where are we going??? We are soon to be residents of Birmingham, Alabama. That is where Frank's company is based. We had gone on a house hunting trip a few years ago so I feel like I kind of know the area. But, back then we ultimately decided that at that particular time in our lives it was best to stay here. This time, we feel like this is too good of an opportunity for Frank to pass up. And he is very excited about it. Gavin's school will start August 11th. Yep, you read that right. 4.5 weeks from now. And we have two vacations planned between now and then. Looks like we are going to be busy. So my calendar for 2009-2010 is about to get revamped. My how quickly things can change.