Another huge decision that we've been praying about is moving our family from the cold Midwest to sunny Florida. That will obviously be after Mike is done with college. He'll start looking for jobs there (really, anywhere in Florida would be fine with us) and we'll move whenever he lands something. We realize that this is going to be a huge adjustment, not only for our immediate family, but for our extended family, as well. I've lived near my mom and my sisters my entire life. I see them at least once a week, and not seeing them is gonna be heartbreaking. We've asked my mom to move with us - which is clearly a lot to ask, I get it - especially with 2 other daughters that live 10 miles from her - but I really hope she does. I need my mom near me. In 4 years, both of my sisters' children will be out of the house, except for 1, and she'll be 16. So who knows any of them will still be living around the Midwest at all, being at college and all that fun stuff. One of my nieces is actually going to be getting married to a guy in the Army, so we have no idea where they'll be stationed. All that to say, I don't know if she'll agree...she hasn't really said...but if she comes with us, it would be so, so amazing! As far as Mike's parents and sisters, well, we're kind of hoping his parents will move with us too. Is that selfish and greedy? Maybe, but I really want both of my moms and the man that has been more of a dad to me than my own dad - my amazing father in law - around. Mike's sisters (and mine, too, I just say Mike's sisters to distinguish from my sisters...they're all loved the same. :) both live in Arizona, so while it sucks that we'll be even farther from them, we don't really get many chances to see them anyway. And if Mike gets a nice, steady job, hopefully we'll be able to afford to see them more.
So I know what you're thinking...wow, this crazy girl is waaaayyy too obsessed with Disney World...now she wants to move near it!! That's not it, REALLY!!! I swear! I've always wanted to live near the ocean, and we've been looking at the housing market down there (which can obviously change in 4 years, I know) and as of right now, it's our plan. I should say, we for sure will be doing this, barring any unforeseen major family drama.
And we haven't forgotten our plan of adopting a child with Down Syndrome. We still plan on doing that, as well. It's honestly one of the reasons that Mike is going back to school. Adoption is expensive! We want to be able to provide a child with special needs the right kind of care that they will require, and while I know that we need to trust God with everything, He also gives us minds and reasoning abilities to help ourselves.
So, if you think about it, please pray for us as we wade through these next 4 years. I don't want to do any of this if it's not God's will for us. Like I said, we've been praying about this for a long time and we've asked God to shut doors if it's not what He wants for us. The doors are all open right now, and more are opening all the time. So as far as we can see, this is right for us. Here we go!