This is the last week in our Hot Springs home, and actually Jackson spent his last night here on Friday, Jesse will be back for one night this week, we’ll close on the sale on Friday, and then we’re gone. It’s really just me and the dog here this week. On to the next adventure.
While I am so very ready to have our family re-united and settled in our new town, there are bittersweet emotions running through me this week. When we moved here a little over 3 years ago we were newlyweds, childless, and sorta clueless. We moved into a 2 bedroom trailer home with a puppy and cat, eventually upgrading to a 3 bedroom trailer home. Jesse had just graduated from school and working at his first tech job, I was working nights at the hospital and doing long-distance schooling. We were trying to conceive. It was a big step towards our independence as a couple. We made new friends, though we missed our old friends so much. We learned to be just “us.”
And then we bought our first home when I was about 5 months pregnant. We had a baby. I finished my doctorate and started my nurse practitioner career at the clinic. We’ve been doing nothing but taking one big step after another.
We’ll sell our first home this week and move back across the state. I’ll start a new job. Jackson will start a new daycare. We’ll hopefully buy our second home soon. And have our second baby. More steps. More changes.
I am excited for these changes, but also nervous and sad. While a house is a house, we’d made this place our home. And this is the place where Jackson learned to walk and took his first steps:
We’ve grown as a couple and a family since moving out here. I know more wonderful, challenging, and exciting changes are coming our way. But for this week, while I sleep on an air mattress with just the dog and a wiggly baby in the belly to keep me company, I am sad for the things we are leaving. The gorgeous scenery. The kind people. Our great friends. Splendid weather. The place we brought home our first baby.
Our stuff is packed, stacked, and gone. I’m chilling out on the air mattress, grateful my husband works for the cable company and that I still have TV and internet to entertain me. Because the whole house is clean. Turns out being a nest-y pregnant lady is helpful when it comes to packing and cleaning all the nooks and crannies.
Here’s to the next step. The next chapter. The next adventure. Side-by-side with the people I love.