I had prayed to God about the day we would move. I didn’t know when it would happen, but I wanted this day to come. As God would have it, the timing took me by surprise. I have written this post in my head half a dozen times. But when it came time to type, I didn’t know what to say. Time to say welcome home.
Writer’s block set in as I realized moving meant I would be leaving my friends here. Moving meant leaving my comfort zone, both personally and professionally. And the stress of the moving experience began to set in. Packing. Planning. Tying up loose ends. Moving is a temporary hassle. But change is hard. It’s a fast move. We’ll be leaving Fort Wayne within two weeks.
When we came here three years ago, we knew that our time in Indiana would be temporary. Initially it was temporary because I was young, unmarried and naive. I wanted to live in Chicago or Miami. Fort Wayne was a stepping stone.
I wanted to be a big-time newspaper reporter. I wanted to write investigative stories. I wanted to change the world. And often, I still do. Then we got married. We began to move in a new direction as a couple – not his direction, not mine – our direction. Newspapers everywhere started shutting down and laying off employees.
I began to set my sights on new career goals. I also realized I didn’t want to raise my future children that far away from their grandparents or uncle. Suddenly Chicago and Miami sounded like nice places to visit, but they didn’t sound like home.
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So almost three years to the day, I am moving back to Ohio. We’re moving to Cleveland. I’m not from there, and neither is my husband, but we’ve spent time in the area over the years and have many friends who call Cleveland their home.
We’re happy to be coming home.
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22 thoughts on “Welcome Home to Cleveland Ohio”
SO EXCITED still! Woohoo. Can’t wait for running/yoga dates!
yaaaayyy!!!!! I am so happy for you!!! Welcome home 🙂
Hey–I am from that area originally and get back to visit family, all of whom are still in the area. I’ll let you know next time we are there and we’ll have to meet! Hope you have a great move!
Sounds great! Let me know 🙂
happy for you
OMG you are going to be SO much closer to me!
Now we have to get together! I hope your move goes well~
Moving is such a fun and scary (and hard!) time all at once – but hopefully your trek to Ohio will be worth it! Good luck getting everything together 🙂
Wow! I can’t imagine moving that quickly, but I hope you will enjoy Ohio. I know exactly what you mean about moving “home.” My family lives 9-10 hours away and my husbands family is 3-4 hours away – its hard raising our two kids without their grandparents around. I hope you enjoy your new home in Cleveland!
congratulations holly! i am so happy for you and for your decision.
Wow! You’re moving so fast! I think you’ll really like Cleveland though – it has awesome parks and trails and, like Fort Wayne, has both the “big city” and the “little city” feel to it, if that makes sense.
Yayyy!!!! Welcome to Cleveland!! We definitely have to finally meet 🙂
Thanks Kali! Agreed 🙂
Aww great news! This is a great post.
“We began to move in a new direction as a couple – not his direction, not mine – our direction.”
…love that. I know so many couples who don’t understand this concept. I don’t know you…well, except through bloggyland :), but I’m so happy for you!
Thanks so much! 🙂
Yay! This is great news! you will love it here!
Yay for Cleveland!! We’re happy to have you!!!!
I’ve heard many great things about the CLE. We are excited 🙂
I just moved from Ft. Wayne to the Cleveland area about 1-1/2 months ago. So far we love it. The running community in this area is much more prevalent, especially in and around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Dan that is awesome news to hear! I too have heard good things about the Cleveland parks system.
Good luck with your move–how exciting!
Congrats on the decision to move!
It’s all good!