Our Big Move
For as long as we've been dating, Adrienne and I have always talked about whether we should try living somewhere else. Someway somehow, those conversations never extended past the first 24 hours. We always found some reason not to move forward with it, be it the dogs, what we'd do for work, where we'd live, our furniture, health insurance, the list drags on. Oddly enough, regardless of what stage of life we were in, there was always some excuse that would make the idea nothing more than just an exercise in daydreaming. This time around though, we've decided we don't want to look back, the way we do now, and regret not having taken the leap. Better yet, our reasons for doing it far outweigh anything that would otherwise stop us from taking advantage of such a wonderful opportunity for our family.
Here’s the skinny on the whole thing:
Where: We’re moving to Guatemala. Joe was born and raised there, and still has lots of family including parents and sister who live there. We plan to live close to family in Zone 14, which is centrally-located in the capital.
How: Sometimes the universe just has a way of working things out in a way that make you feel like “it’s meant to be”. Within a matter of hours after deciding to truly try to figure out how this would work, things began to fall into place. Granted, it helps to have a huge support network at our destination country to be able to assist with logistics, etc. But for our permanent home here in Evanston, we were able to find a tenant (Joe’s brother) who coincidentally was moving up to Chicago and could use fully furnished housing.
When: Airline tickets are purchased for mid-July. We’ve enrolled the girls in preschool and classes begin the first week of August.
Why now: This was a combination of taking advantage of the age of the girls, that neither are in Kindergarten yet and thus haven’t cemented lifelong friendships (that we know of), and also the fact that we always talked about exploring something like this. We feel we’re in a place in life to take advantage of this and at the same time hope to instill some of the language and culture of a truly beautiful country. This will be like a super-immersive Spanish and Latin culture crash course, one which we expect to all benefit greatly from.
For how long: Evanston is still home for us, so we’re planning to be back by summer 2020.
We are so excited for this next chapter in our lives and equally as excited about the pictures and stories we’ll get to share with you.