Nearly three and a half years since I made a lighthearted prediction, it’s actually coming true.
Less than two weeks from now, Bobby and I will be driving seven years of Chicago memories (four years at school in Evanston and three in the working world downtown) across the country. Why?
WE ARE MOVING TO ARIZONA!!!!!!!
If you had told me back in, oh, July that we’d be scrambling to “relet” our lease and sell nearly every piece of furniture we own on Craigslist in a span of roughly two weeks in August, I would have laughed. The fact that this is happening has yet to officially hit me, but we couldn’t be more excited and I am so glad that I can finally share more of the details with all of you!
To make a long story short, Bobby was recently offered a new job with a company down in Tempe. Fortunately, the work I do gives me the flexibility to live anywhere, and so after a lot of discussion and more than a few celebratory cheers within the walls of our apartment, we decided to go for it. Arizona has always been on our radar as a place we wanted to live, and we feel so fortunate that we’ve been given the opportunity to turn that dream into a reality.
As you might be able to guess, the Benders are pretty excited about it, too.
The kicker is that Bobby will be starting on September 10. Between our visit to San Diego and our upcoming trip to Minnesota, that leaves us with approximately one weekend and six remaining week days to sell, pack, sell, pack, sell, pack…in other words, we have a lot of work to do!
Luckily for us, we have a place to stay once we complete our road trip. We’ll be hanging out with the Benders for a couple of months while we get acquainted with the Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale area and begin scoping out a more permanent place to live. Our lives are about to get even busier, which seems impossible, but I know we can handle it.
I am so proud of Bobby and can’t wait to see what he’ll accomplish in his new role. It will be so nice to be near my parents and brother (who just started college on Tuesday!), my mom’s extended family, as well as Cara, Jim and the girls. This move symbolizes a new chapter in many ways and although it is very bittersweet to leave Chicago, a city I adore, I know this is not goodbye. There are too many great friends and memories here for that to be the case…not to mention the fact that we still have season tickets to the Northwestern football games. We’ll be back before we know it.
Until then, I’ll miss this view…
…but can’t wait until I can officially call this view “home.”
Cheers! And to anyone reading this in Arizona…I would love to connect with you once we get there. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange something!