I’ve gone back and forth between choosing a word of the year and not. A few years ago my word was focus. Two years ago I didn’t choose one.
Most years even if I choose a word of the year, I forget about it after I’ve written my blog post talking about why I chose the word.
This year I didn’t choose a word.
This year my word chose me.
My word of the year is CHANGE.
I thought finding out I was pregnant with another little boy due in June was going to be the big change of the year.
Turns out it’s not even close to the only change happening in our family.
My husband is quitting his job.
He gave his notice today.
Starting in February, this little blog of mine will be our full-time family partnership. It’s crazy to think that somehow this “craft blog” (that no longer has many crafts) I started just over five years ago has been successful enough that it can provide for us as a family both financially and creatively.
Lucky for me my husband is a jack of all trades. He’s an incredible cook (get ready for major recipes coming your way). He’s more creative than I am. And he’s brilliant when it comes to brainstorming ideas, testing things, and really just succeeding at whatever he does.
I couldn’t ask for a better partner.
Having my husband as a partner also means that he’ll be around to make life easier with two boys running around. It also means I’ll still be able to travel without having to get a baby-sitter. I’ll have a built in one, scratch that, not a baby-sitter, a dad – which is way better.
And hey, we might eat out less, actually keep the house picked up, and not both be so crazy working all the time.
I said might.
Oh and we bought a brand new house. In Kansas City.
Yeah so there’s that big change too.
Once we decided that my husband would be quitting his job and joining me we started talking about the possibility of moving to Kansas City to be by all of my family. I mean what could be more fun than living near my siblings (two of the three are pregnant and due within two months of me) and having my kids by their cousins.
Over the holiday break we looked at quite a few houses. And at the end of the day found one that was in a perfect location (about ten minutes from all my siblings) but also in a good price range. And in the perfect stage of building a home – framed out but nothing finalized for the inside yet.
So instead of celebrating the holidays (we did a bit of that too), we spent the two week break designing our new home and picturing our new life.
A life where we actually eat dinner together (at least some nights) because my husband isn’t at work until 7PM.
A life where our boys play together with their cousins and learn to fish on grandma and grandpa’s “lake.”
A life where we get to travel all over the country during the summer to see old friends because a job’s vacation schedule isn’t tying us down.
A life where we’re working toward a few common goals together as a family rather than all just kind of running around trying to survive.
A life we are actually excited to be living.
We don’t have a closing date yet but sometime this spring (most likely May), we’ll be packing up the rest of the stuff and moving from the DFW area to Kansas City. And luckily for us Kansas has been my family’s home base for almost fifteen years, so it feels a lot like moving home.
Dictionary.com defines the word change in various ways. Pretty sure we’re going to cover all the bases this year.
Make or become different. Alter in terms of. Arrive at a fresh phase, become new.
Give up something in exchange for something else.
A new or refreshingly different experience.
Put a clean diaper on (a baby or young child) – not looking forward to this one!
Like I said, this year my word chose me – whether I’m ready for it or not.