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We Are Moving

January 9th, 2015 at 06:21 am

I'm going to be a little vague since this is Army related, but we are moving! It is nearly official. My husband was nominated back in November for a job. We were told we would hear something in December. It was apparently decided in December, but my husband only heard about it two days ago. He did get the job which is on the east coast. When he was nominated his initial reaction was no thanks, but he was pretty much told that it was an honor to be nominated and it isn't a job you pass up as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's also a job on a Army post. Which is so different from the units we have been connected with here.

He has to report pretty soon. The girls and I will be staying put to finish out the school year. Our oldest is graduating!

I was so close to coming up with my goals for 2015, but they didn't included running two households for four or five months! I'm kind of back to square one.

I think I'm in a state of shock honestly. We are Midwest people. We wouldn't pick this state in most cases, it will be fine and lovely I'm sure, but a huge change to move so far from family. Right now we can drive to see everybody. Now we can still drive, but it will take a couple days rather than several hours. I guess I need to have a airline ticket fund!

That's the news! I'm sure there will be plenty more to say about all of it as it happens. Have you moved more than 15 hours away from your home base before?

28 Responses to “We Are Moving”

  1. laura/deacons wife Says:


    How exciting for you and yours! A whole new place to go and learn about. I, for one, have never ventured very far from my place of origin. Will this affect your oldest daughter's decisions on where to apply for colleges? How exciting! We will be rooting for you!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Our oldest daughter will be going to college where Frugal Texan is! We have family there, so that was kind of the plan to put her near them since we didn't know where we would end up. I'm just sad we will be so very, very far. Of course, there are planes, cars, phones, text and skype so it isn't like the 'old' days!

  3. scottish girl Says:

    Never. Where we are now - a fifteen minute drive away - is the furthest away I've been.

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Nope....not that far at all...but congratulations to your husband! I too was going to ask about your daughter....it will be nice for her to have family close by.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, seems like you JUST moved! Yes, I have moved around all my life, and my last big move was from North Carolina to Chicago. Living in different regions can be challenging. I am basically a Midwest person, too, so my stays on the east coast were interesting, but I didn't feel I was really at home, among my peeps! But there were things I learned, and things I learned to love about the east coast, and all my experiences have gone into making me a more well-rounded person than I might have been otherwise!

    By all means, build up that airline fund. With a son in Florida, I am always on the lookout for airline deals!

    The nice thing about having you for an online friend, is that you can move far away, but you won't go away!

    Congrats to your hubby.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Congratulations! I have not moved so far.

  7. pjmama Says:

    Congrats to your husband! I'm sure if he took the position after some hesitation it had to have been a big honor Smile

    Moving is stressful all in itself, and the uncertainty of the military life isn't always easy to deal with (as I'm sure you know). Once you get over your shock, though, I'm sure you'll start getting back into planning mode and get through it just fine. Either way, good luck with it all! It's a new opportunity for your family to experience something new and learn along the way!

  8. Kiki Says:

    Congratulations on the promotion for your husband and thank you for being a military family. We know it is not just his service but your family's as well.

    At 24 I moved from northern California to Southeastern Vermont for grad school. I'd never been there before, not even a college visit. I applied and in 3 weeks was accepted then 6 months later I was living in Vermont. I lived there for a little over a year while in school. I lived in a small house with a few other students, worked at the local grocery store and did a lot of reading - grad school after all. I was lucky it was a mild winter - so they said!

    I loved it and would have stayed in the area had I found a job.

  9. LuckyRobin Says:

    Running 2 households can be a bear. I hope it all works out okay for your budget.

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    You know if your DD ever needs anything, I'd be happy to help her out.

    Congrats to your DH on getting the job, even though it means you'll be moving so far away. We're definitely going to have to get together before you go - would be a shame to be so close by and not meet up. Smile

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Re: your comment on my post -- Sounds good! Just let me know - pretty much anytime on the weekend is good for me except from 10 - 1 on Saturday (church)

  12. dmontngrey Says:

    Wow, quite the news! I've never really moved far myself. Hubby is from Indiana and moved to the east coast to be with me. We live in Massachusetts. It has been tough on him. He's kinda used to things, but it has been almost 16 years. He still complains and wants out. Good luck with the change! You'll be fine. Smile

  13. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    I used to be stationed overseas and I loved it except for when I was deployed to Iraq! So are all your snowflakes going towards a "moving fund" now?

  14. creditcardfree Says:

    @BAWW, I think I'd really be panicking if we were going overseas. It's culture shock for me to move two hours away, so I can only imagine going overseas!! My biggest worry is always finding the right school for my kids. We have lucked out so far with our choices. One more time I guess.

    I suppose snowflakes should go to the moving fund...although if we need to run two households for a couple months...I'm not sure how much extra we will have. A lot to figure out, but yes, I'm saving them!

  15. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Congratulations, that's very exciting news Smile

  16. frugalredhead Says:

    I moved from NY to Virginia, and while it wasn't a huge difference culturally (except for everyone saying ya'll and ma'am, LOL), it was hard being in a new place with no friends or family. There's an Army base 20 minutes away, if you're going to Fort Lee let me know! Smile
    I'm sure it will be hard financing two households at once, good luck!

  17. creditcardfree Says:

    @frugalredhead, It's not Ft Lee, but I've been there before!! We are going about 3 hours south of there. Smile Maybe we will meet up some day. That is the hardest part, making new friends and being away from family. We have financed two households before on a lower income, so I'm sure it will work out. I just want to save money, not spend!!

  18. snafu Says:

    Congratulations to DH who is obviously highly regarded and while it means big changes for you and DDs the timing seems good since DD1 will be leaving the nest going off to college. DH and I chose to explore our country by taking jobs in various provinces and upgraded credentials in another city. In 2003 DH was selected to represent our university for those International Promotional Programs and we moved to a different country nearly every semester. It's been a remarkable but challenging experience. I've loved every moment in spite of language and cultural differences.

    You've a positive attitude and a 'can do' disposition so I'm sure you'll make the transition with barely a frown. At least everyone will speak English and you'll be able to read the signs in the stores. You'll miss family but like you say, lots of communicating devices. You can count on your network here to offer a ton of suggestions on every detail of your new home.

    The one downer is scooting out of the house for all the showings at inconvenient times.

  19. PatientSaver Says:

    I'm curious about where on the east coast. will you be near CT? So you're selling the bunny cottage, then. I see you just got going with your blog.

  20. PatientSaver Says:

    I just noticed this saying on your sidebar: A goal without a plan is just a wish." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    It's so similar to mine in meaning: "Hope is not a strategy." Smile

  21. Looking Forward Says:

    Very exciting! (And nerve wracking too!)
    I look forward to "hearing" about all the changes.

    Hey, remember all of us friends here on SA will be with you no matter how far you move. Smile

  22. Bluebird Says:

    CCF, I'm sure you're a pro at moving and running two households! You'll do a great job, and good luck! Congratulations to your DH!

  23. FS Says:

    Yup. First time moved across half the earth, second time moved across the continent.

  24. scfr Says:

    Congratulations to your husband! Yes, I've moved very far from family. Thank goodness for Skype. It will be hard but I know you'll handle it like the pro you are.

  25. Bob B. Says:

    Good luck with the move. The furthest I've ever been from my home base is 8 hours.

  26. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congratulations! It's hard to be far from family. Harder still to see them age from afar. I say this as someone who has now lived more than half my life away from my family (18 years, I left at 17) and left the islands behind. My DH is now going on 15 years of being away from Canada and I think he finds it hard.

    I wish you the best of luck. Where are you moving too? Can I ask? PM if you prefer or email. Good luck.

    I hope to be joining you soon.

  27. all4money Says:

    I'm in NC... welcome to the East Coast! Smile

  28. Dido Says:

    Congrats and good luck with managing two households for that time! I hope you enjoy where you are living. PM me if you will be anywhere in Eastern PA. I personally can't imagine living *near* family--that's never been true of me in my adult life. I grew up in Los Angeles and have lived in Michigan, Vermont, and Pennsylvania, and PA is my chosen home--I've now lived here longer than I've lived anywhere else. I truly love my adopted home town of Bethlehem.

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