Thursday, April 5, 2007

Bursting with the weight of my secret

All right, time to let this all out. Most of the family already knows, but for the few friends that read this blog now and again, I can finally spill the secret that I have been carrying like a lead weight for several months.

We are moving to St. Louis.

Josh has a great job opportunity that came our way (surprisingly) from his former firm. It's a fantastic career move - one that we could not pass up. We feel that the Lord has practically beat us over the head to get us there. Never in our lives have we felt more inspired to make a move than this one. It feels right on so many levels that I won't go into here, but sometimes - when you know; you know. And there is no disputing it. This WILL be our last move for quite some time (or maybe forever). Yes, we're plantin' some roots.

We told the kids tonight - and surprisingly, there were no tears. I think we've shown them that moving across the country isn't as scary as it sounds. They had no trouble acclimating when we moved here, and they are excited for the new house.

Which, by the way, we have put an offer in on and not seen yet (talk about a leap of faith, no?). I leave early tomorrow morning to fly out for the inspection, but we feel certain it's going to be great. We've seen similar floor plans and pieced together the layout from online pictures. It's a 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2,900 square foot home (plus a full basement) in the suburbs of St. Louis. It needs a teensy bit of remodeling - but we're hoping to get it all scheduled and done before the kids and I actually move in. We'll have a smallish yard - about a third of an acre (though by California standards that is quite huge).

Josh will move out there and into a hotel at the end of this month. We hope to close on the house mid-June, and a few weeks after that, the kids and I will follow - giving them the chance to finish school. We'll have Josh home on the weekends (fun commute for him) so it shouldn't be too bad. We've done it before; we can do it again.

We will be sad to leave California (and unfortunately I gleefully threw out all our winter gear when we moved here) but there are so many great things waiting for us in Missouri. We'd love to host any visitors - so feel free to stop by if you're passing through or coming just to see us. We'll finally have the room to host. St. Louis - here we come!


Bridget said...

Wow! St. Louis! I can't believe it. I thought for sure you would NEVER leave southern CA. If its right though you can't deny it. Glad to hear you feel good about it and the kids took the news well.

PortraitofPeter said...

May your journey early today be a one of adventure - as you view your new home and experience the atmosphere of St Louis - your future!!

Delighted for you all and congratulations to your husband on this job - a new beginning awaits you all.

Blessings for your journey and may your new home be like that of your dreams.

marta said...

I am so excited for you and Josh. What adventures you have had together! The home looks picturesque, quaint and lovely to say the least. I'm jumping for joy at your lovely new opportunity.


Kelly said...

christie - i am always so amazed by you... you handle these HUGE moves with such grace. We will sad to see you leave. Even if we don't see you very often, it was fun having another branch of the family tree in California. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity though, how exciting.

Amanda said...

Congrats! Good luck with the big move.

Stumbled onto your blog...quite enjoying it.


Annie said...

Good luck today, friend! Hope everything goes smoothly with the inspection, move, separation from Josh, and new experiences in St. Louis!

dcrmom said...

That's HUGE news! Wow. And the house. O my word. Congratulations!

mama jo said...

the family in california will be sad to see you's just nice to know you're down there...but, i'm sure you'll be happy in st. louis...

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I do hope that all the family have a wonderful Easter.


Jeanne said...

Blessings to you and yours.
A most beautiful journal (link via Peter's journal)
Blessings for a marvelous Easter

gab said...


Love the house! It is so cute and I am so excited that you are moving a little closer to us. Yes, we will definitely be visiting because it looks like there is tons of room for our whole gang! Josh is lucky to have such a supportive wife. I think I would kill myself if I had to move cross-country twice within a year...but you are a trooper and a great adventurer. Good luck and come to PA soon!!!

Marty: said...

Your new blog design is so cute! Pink. Who would have predicted? And the house looks awesome! I can't wait to hear all the details!

Gramafolly said...

Christie- Congrats on the move.It is always fun to have a new adventure...James and Becky have had a lot of neat experiences living in different places and it gives us a chance to see different places too. The thing about St. Louis is it is so close to so many church historical sites. Our mutual went there years ago from KC to Nauvoo and then to St. Louis, we saw a lot.. also you'll have to read Immortal wife about Jessie Benton Fremont and how St Louis was the jumping off point for the explorer who opened up this country for us.. it is a good love story with lots of history in it!