Question: What is more fun than moving twice in six months with two young kids?
And yet, this is what our family is doing. Unpacked boxes still decorate the floor of our current house as the real decor remains un-hung. A short four months ago, we packed up our humble home and hauled our life five miles down the road. This was a seemingly simple but actually overwhelming feat. Now, with the dust of the last move still settling, we’re filling boxes once again and making moves. Except this time the distance is 670 miles rather than 5. In a somewhat unexpected, but long anticipated, turn of events we’re moving halfway across the country to Frederick, Maryland.
So why are we doing this again? Why are we going through the stress and overwhelm of packing and moving and managing the transition with kids?
Because opportunity comes knocking on its own timeline. And sometimes you have no choice but to open the door to possibility.
Because dreams need to be chased, even across hundreds of miles.
Because the mountains are calling and we must go.
Because when we found a place that felt both new and familiar, a place that our souls could settle, we decided to call it home.
Because our kids have the opportunity to run and grow and play with their cousins and we see the light that brings to their faces.
Because living closer to and leaning into the love of family can make a world of difference.
Because our adventurous spirits cannot turn down a chance at something, somewhere, that’s new and exciting and invigorating.
Because as hard as it is to say goodbye, the bonds of true friendship can span the endless miles.
Because hope so often lies hidden in the unknown.
Because we refuse to shy away from a challenge.
Because sometimes, oftentimes, the hardest choice is the best choice.
Because our children are watching and learning and this is what we want to teach them: That it is worth it to tirelessly pursue dreams at all costs. That life was meant to be an adventure, and it’s only through the hardship and struggle of change that joy can reveal itself. That resiliency and adaptability and flexibility will serve them well in so many of life’s circumstances. That, as a family, we’re all in this together, supporting each other every step of the way.
Have these weeks of preparation been tough? Yes. Will there be times when we doubt our sanity in making this all happen? Probably. But do we have faith that, looking at the big picture, this will be the best choice for our family? Absolutely.
And at the end of the day, faith is just what we need to take a leap.