Where To Next?

4.24.2012

Now that we are on the downhill slope of this program, it's time for us to start thinking about where we want to go next. Of course, we really don't get the final say but we do get to create a wish list of sorts. So even though we are months away from another move, the deliberations have already begun.


If we truly had a choice we would head back to Texas as fast as we could. Even though we haven't lived there in over 10 years, it is, and always will be home.  We would give anything to be close to our families again. But at this point we will just be happy to be back in the United States where everyone is a 3 hour flight away instead of 15+ hours away!

Since we can't go to Texas, we're considering requesting to go back to our second home: North Carolina. Before we came overseas we lived in NC for 8 years. We have a house there. We have family and friends there. We know it. It's familiar. For all intents and purposes, it really is home. But at the same time- we know it. We've seen and done most of what there is to do. So there would be lack of adventure but there would be comfort and familiarity.

On the opposite end of the spectrum (and country!) is sunny and beautiful California. Part of me really craves something new and different and California would definitely fit the bill. There are so many fun things to do there- especially for kids. Not to mention the amazing shopping and restaurants and the awesome cities that are so close. The beautiful weather year-round is also a plus.

Of course, I can't forget Hawaii, South Carolina, and Japan. Any of those places would be pretty awesome, don't you think?

So- here's where the decision gets tough.  Each of the places I've listed has its own set of positives and negatives and I'm sure that we would be happy no matter where we go. But there is something that keeps leading our hearts back to the place where we first made a life together.


While I have loved this opportunity we've had and I have been content with our life in each place, I haven't quite felt "at home" since we left. I miss that feeling. I crave it. And part of me thinks that the only way I will really feel it is to move back to North Carolina and back to our house. Back to the place that was home for 8 years and back to the house that I can decorate and fix up to my heart's desire.  Back to the place that we couldn't wait to leave just two short years ago. Isn't life funny that way?

Jesse keeps saying that he just wants to be back where we belong. He doesn't want us to be the outsiders or the new guys anymore. No more learning our way around- but instead back to the familiar- and, dare I say, the ordinary.

While I definitely crave adventure and the thrill of discovering a new place, the familiar and the ordinary really don't sound half bad.  And picturing Emerson playing with her cousins, running around our back yard, eating in our kitchen, and sleeping under our roof? Well that's just about enough to get me started packing our boxes today!


Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

This made me cry. I'm such a crybaby! I just cannot even image how you must feel being away from family, but I do know that I have felt unsettled before and it's the worst! So yours is about 1000 times that and I just hope you get to go to a place where you feel that you belong =)

Mateya said...

You guys have definitely had a wonderful opportunity to see some great places but I can't blame you for wanting to be back to the familiar. I definitely think going back to NC would be wonderful, especially now that Emerson is getting older. You can always VISIT those other places :)

My opinion is probaly pretty biased because I am a major home-body :)

Kelly said...

I bet livig in NC with Emerson this time would be an adventure in itself! Discovering it all through her eyes, doing all the things for kids... so fun.

I don't blame you one bit for wanting HOME. There is nothing like it afterall!

Joeylee said...

That's a tough decision but you guys will make the right one! CA is great, maybe I say that I cause there but it is pretty cool. But ultimately you have to follow your heart. Good luck

Michelle said...

There's no place like home, but how many opportunities to we have to experience all those places? My vote would be to request someone new in the US - like you said, close to family, but still something different. I'm sure in a few years once E is in school you may try to set more roots, but while you still can live in all these different places, I say go for it!

Mom said...

North Carolina would be great with me....what's a 5 hour flight. So ready for you guys to come home....love you.

Emily Powell said...

ugh...that's a tough call. I always think I want to move far away but my family is my life here! Houston is by far NOT my favorite city in the world. Not by a long shot but having so much family just minutes away is so worth it!

Rachel and John said...

While I'm just a 4 hour flight away from my family and it still feels too far. Will you have the chance to move again in the future? Because you could go back to SC.Get a family/friend/comfort fix and then move on to the next adventure in a few years!

Rachel and John said...

While I'm just a 4 hour flight away from my family and it still feels too far. Will you have the chance to move again in the future? Because you could go back to SC.Get a family/friend/comfort fix and then move on to the next adventure in a few years!

Allison said...

It's so fun thinking of all the places you could potentially go. You've had such an amazing opportunity getting to live in some pretty cool places. As much as Ryan and I want to go back to the midwest, we're still so excited for the adventures ahead! California is SO different, but if you could get San Diego area I would DEFINITELY consider CA.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I hate being away from my family, and I hate not knowing where we will end up someday! I guess you cant really predict anything can you.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

I can totally understand this. We are still months away from getting our list of choices and we talk about 'next' all the time. When we first got to CA, I told Kev that we would most certainly try to get back to DC to be near family, but as time here progresses and we enjoy the freedom of just being 'us', plus the adventure of doing something new, we are starting to re-think being right back in the mix. I wouldnt mind heading back to the east coast though so we could get home if we wanted to. Good luck with your choices!

Kristi said...

I love the Helen Keller quote. It's one of my favorites and I think it's perfect motto for the military life.

-Lauren said...

Sad the NJ isn't an option! I have always wanted to live in the the Carolina's. Either way, glad you will hopefully be back in the States!

Matt and Ris said...

I understand the "craving" for home. Even though our "adventure" wasn't really much (a small town just a couple hours away), the comfort of moving back home is indescribable. Good luck wherever you end up!
- Marissa

Kristen @ All In My Twenties said...

Theres no place like home!!!

Im a Texas girl and Im pretty sure I always will be! :)

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