So the big news is…. we are moving. We are doing this so Riley can attend a very specific kind of school. It’s not the first time we have moved for a school, and it is less scary this time around. We know if it doesn’t work out, there are always other options.
The last several weeks have been a whirlwind, researching the school, taking a trip south with Riley to have her assessed. Checking out schools for Seth. Getting Todd’s resume out. Studying for my nursing boards (tuition for two private schools in our near future). Preparing to sell our house. Breaking the news to beloved friends, and to the current schools. And the everyday business of life on top of that.
We are hoping all the vitamin D from the sunshine will help boost Seth’s immune system.
We will miss so many people in Cleveland. Truly.
We will not miss the snow. Having grown up in NY, and having spent most of our adult years in snow states, we are more than happy to go somewhere warm. Yippee will be thrilled.
So many details still unsettled, but we’re going. We put a non-refundable deposit down for Riley’s school. In our estimation, this school could mean the difference for an independent life for Riley, or not. We have always, and continue to believe in our girl. We love the places she’s taken us and look forward to this newest adventure.
We leave at the end of the school year, and will get settled over the summer. I don’t think I’ll be blogging once we get there. When we move it seems like the logical time to stop. For one, I’ll surely be very busy. For two, it just keeps getting more clear that I can’t write about the kids so much anymore, now that they are getting older. When I started blogging they were teeny. Blogging was pretty new. My writing teacher said, “write what you know,” and truly my family was my life. They were what I was up to. They were what I knew. And they still are. But it is different now.
Maybe I’ll eventually start a new blog. An anonymous one? Or one just about Hot Toddy? I’m sure he wouldn’t mind at all. Or a blog about returning to nursing after a ten year hiatus? Or maybe I’ll actually finish that inspirational book I’ve been working on. I don’t know. I’m not done here yet at Full-Soul-Ahead, but the writing, as they say, is on the wall.
I stopped this blog once before, and then regretted it. I wasn’t ready. In some ways I was running away from a few things back then. My book, for one. And a couple of other things I won’t mention now. This time it feels like I’m going toward.
I don’t see myself writing a grand finale like I did last time(I’ve felt totally sheepish about that since I started again in 2011). It will be a much quieter exit.
It feels like the right thing to do.
But not just yet.