We had been torn between Raleigh and Phoenix. It was a very tough call. Ultimately, North Carolina seemed more suited for the life we envisioned for our family. Far, but not too far. Different, but not exotic. Warmer, but not without seasons. Beautiful, but not in a minimalist, desert way. Michigan has her moments of splendor, and in the fall, I truly believe there is no more exquisite place on earth. But it's time for something new. It's time for us to leave our home state, our birth place, and strike out on our own.
I'm sure we will battle homesickness. I will miss my parents. Daddy-B will miss Spartan sports. lil' b will miss his school. We all will miss our friends. Marmallow is alone among us, too young to really miss anything, which is bittersweet in its own way.
We've been packing, purging, bundling, and freecycling our belongings. Seven years of life. Seven years spent under one roof, in a home that has witnessed the addition of two children and the loss of a beloved dog. Seven years of accumulated memories and scraps of paper. Now we pick through and choose what memories to keep and which ones to discard.