The next chapter

We are finding ourselves at a crossroad and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. It’s times to make decisions for us centered around what we want.

Over the past few years our oldest children have begun setting the foundations for their futures. Careers, marriages, and moves have set them down in different cities and different states. We have one left at home but his day is rapidly approaching as he will be a senior next year.

Looking at empty bedrooms, quiet hallways, and fewer dirty dishes in the sink are all reminders our little birdies have flown the coop. The house we made a home to raise our family is full of constant memories and reminder. Family movie nights in front of the fireplace, tears from a little heart broken girl in her room, and family dinners at the dining room table are memories I will always hold dear to my heart.

Our home has treated us well but as we look to the next chapter, we realized that what we wanted to experience is beyond the walls of this home. And as it becomes the two of us, we really want a new place to call home in a region that is kinder to the joints and gives us a whole lot more vitamin D.

We have decided to sell the place we have called home for more than 20 years. This won’t be easy to say goodbye, but the memories will always be with us. After raising our children for the last 23 years, it’s almost our time. We are excited to get back to each other, and have some fun.

Now the tricky part. Yes n order for this to work, I need to get a job on the other end. I have worked for the government for almost 30 years and will be able to retire in about 9 years. I don’t want to loose this retirement! The housing market is hot so selling now will give us the most bang for our buck. We have decided to go forward with selling here and buying there. A while we will rent here and use the new home as a vacation home for us about 6 times a year. In the end we are paying toward our retirement home and can enjoy it as often as possible.

Being a mommy has been an amazing journey with super ups and some or so great downs, but now I’m looking forward to being Dawn, whatever that looks like. Look forward to updates on how that and our big chapter change evolve. Here we go, the next chapter!

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