The Importance of Being Reese: November 2013

A New Chapter

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Well, hello there dear friends. Did you miss me while I was gone? Or maybe you didn't even notice I was missing? That's okay, my feelings aren't hurt. As I mentioned before I disappeared, the reason for my absence was quite simple--life. It's been so hectic around here in the past few years. So many changes. So many new experiences. As much as I adore my lovely little space here, I had so much to take care of. Something had to give. In the end, I decided to step away for a while. It was one of the smartest decisions I've made in a while.

These past few months alone have hands down been some of the most difficult for my family. We've had more losses and more obstacles than I can count. But we've weathered the storm pretty well. We're finally starting to pick up the pieces, and settle back in. I'm sure there's another storm brewing in the distance, but for now the waters are calm again. And I suppose that's all anyone can hope for. A calm in between storms so that you can rebuild and prepare for the next big hit.

For now, we have plenty of good news to share. For one, Mr. A landed his dream job a few weeks ago. This means we're are going to be relocating to another city next month. At this point, I think we're both equal parts ecstatic and equal parts terrified. This will be our first official move together as a family, so it's a pretty exciting time for us. When you factor in my impending graduation in three short weeks and toss in a healthy dose of the holidays, you may wonder how we're keeping our cool. Don't ask me, I have no idea myself.

Or maybe our inner Army-brats are resurfacing? I suppose after having spent your entire childhood moving every 2-3 years, and having moved overseas twice, moving 2.5 hours away isn't quite as dramatic. Especially when you'll be moving closer to family and friends you can bribe into helping you. Especially when you're moving for a great reason. Especially when you're moving to a beautiful city that has awesome job prospects for the recently graduated. I think we'll be fine. Better than fine, in fact. I don't need a magic eight ball to tell us we're doing the right thing.

We will miss this lovely city though. We've started to think of Charlotte as our home. We've had some pretty good times here. We have our favorite restaurants and favorite little cafe's. Jasmine has her favorite playgrounds and a few friends. Even though we're leaving so much behind, instead of thinking of all the things we're going to be losing, I'm trying to think of all the things we're going to be gaining. And they will be plentiful. The chance to learn another city once again. A new chance to meet new friends.  A chance to find new favorite restaurants and cafe's. There are so many opportunities, we just have to be willing to look for them.

There's that saying, "when one door closes, another one opens." We've had so many doors slammed in our faces lately, that Mr. A and I stopped believing.  But now, we believe it more than ever. As I finally close a major chapter in my own personal book, my family will be starting a new one together. A beautiful chapter that will, no doubt, be filled with struggles, tears and pain. But, one that will also be filled with happiness, love and family. And for that I am grateful.