Tuesday, February 2, 2010

yes, I've been putting off this post

For no other reason than the fact that I have so much to say about it.
I can't possibly write it all... I can barely put most of it into words, there is so much going on in my head on a day to day basis. I'm having a really hard time wrapping my head around some all of it.

We are moving to Nashville.
After much thinking and praying and talking and praying and weighing and praying and debating and praying Ryan accepted the position he was offered with a research group at a well respected medical university in Nashville, Tennessee.
I am so incredibly proud of my husband as this is an amazing opportunity for him and it's exciting to see him looking forward to being a part of such important work in this field. And to know everyone is so anxious to have him on board. I know he will be so successful in this.

Not as excited, looking forward to or anxious about the move though.
Well, maybe anxious, but not in a completely good way.
It was a really tough decision for us because we really really didn't want to have to leave here. Really.
But... A) Ryan would have a really hard time passing up this opportunity and I'm sure would kick himself for a long time after if he did.
and B) We're getting down to the wire here and while he was pretty confident something would have eventually panned out here at home (but with some nervewracking time in between I'm sure), honestly a job in Nashville is better than no job.

So we're going.
Don't know when, don't know how, but it's been decided.

Ryan starts down there March 1.
Hopefully four days a week and he'll come home on the weekends.
Our original thinking was he'll do that for three months and then we'll all move down once the school year winds down in June, letting the kids finish out everything here in the spring and with their classes.

Now that a decisions been made though, suddenly I'm kind of in the mindset of; if we're going to move I just want to get it over with. I don't want to drag it out for six months... it'll be cheaper for us if we can just move as soon as possible, we can get it over with and start getting settled down there, etc. I don't want this consuming our life for the next five/six months.

The problem is, we really need to either move now or in June. Anytime in between is just not good for Savannah being in school... who wants to start in a new class and school and routine ad friends with just like eight weeks left of the school year?? But June seems so far away and we can't possibly move right away, right away; we have plenty to do with this house before we can put it on the market and Ryan is really hesitant to even think about putting an offer on something else before this is sold.


Who knows what we're doing.

And I have a lot to say about a lot of that... church and friends and neighborhoods and finding a new house... things I'm thinking about leaving behind and things I'm wondering about going into... lots of reflection, lots of wondering, lots of stuff.

I'm sure some of that will make it's way here as I process it. I hope so, because I need to process it.

Oh, I bet you can't wait!!


Anonymous said...

Can you pull her out and home school her until next year while you guys are transitioning?
Amie R.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and if we can help you guys with kids during the transition let us know. Hopefully Sawyer isn't too scarred by J being mean.
Amie R.

Nicole said...

Another move!! I'm sorry you guys are having to move AGAIN. But, you're right... a job is better than no job at all. I agree with Amie... maybe homeschooling for a few weeks would work for you guys to get moved and started on your new hometown? Hopefully your house will sell quickly and you'll find another just-as-perfect place to live in Nashville!

LeeAnn Howard said...

Sad to hear that you guys are leaving O'Fallon. It has always sounded like a great place you guys have found there. You have to believe that God has something even more spectacular in store you guys. Nashville is really a beautiful area, as you have recently seen. I was down there this past year visiting my sister who has moved there almost a year ago. I agree that maybe homeschooling would help with the transition. Although Savannah seems like such a bright girl, I'm sure it wouldn't take much for her to catch up. The curriculum might even be set up differently than what she is learning now. Either way, I will be praying for you and your family to have peace in this move. :)

Annie Schilperoort Photography said...

Praying for you guys! You will make the decision that is best for your family. Love you and congrats on Ryan's great opportunity!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're moving, but excited for you and the opportunity a new city will bring!

Praying for a buyer for your home when the time is right.

beanski said...

Hang in there! I've never moved so I can't even imagine what goes in to it. It will all work out though, right? I mean, it HAS to.

Kelli said...

Wow! It's hard to say sorry & congratulations all at the same time. I'll be praying that all the transitions go smoothly & quickly.

Oh...and at least the Fundamental Elements play in Nashville a lot. It'll be a little taste of St Louis for you :)

Kim said...

wow! congrats to ryan on the job, it sounds like a really great opportunity. i'm just sorry you have to move away from everything for it. i hope everything goes well. thinking of you!

Katie said...

Hey! We have lots of friends in Nashville if you need ideas on schools, neighborhoods, etc. Let me know if we can help you at all in this transition! Congrats to Ryan!

jessica said...

Oh, Heather. I am happy for your family. It's an exciting opportunity. I maybe don't know Savannah as well as most, so I may be way off, but she seems to me like the kind of girl who isn't set back by a thing like this at all, especially at the age she is now. She is articulate and outgoing and friendly (as I know her). Well, she is missing a few teeth, but outside that, she'll be fine.
I'd love to talk to you and say, rest easy. trust. All things will be worked together for the good of those that love the Lord, and you are one of them. We can have that peace. Congratulations on a new job and a decision made.

anne said...

Wow, Nashville is a big change from the midwest!! Congrats on your husband's great job. And you and your family sound so upbeat and flexible, it is bound to be a great thing in the long run for all of you!

Anonymous said...

praying. We must talk soon. Love, Sarah Pearson

Christina said...

Heather- Thanks for your honesty about your feelings on here. I know it is a very bittersweet decision. Know that God is preparing the way for you in Nashville with lots of new friends and adventures I'm sure. Nothing will ease the sting of moving away from all you love where you are now though. I'll be praying for you guys as you make more decisions and for the transition process.

Anonymous said...

Heather congrats to Ryan on this great opportunity. May God bless you and your family during your transition to Nashville. I have heard great - great things about Nashville.

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