For those of you not up to date with all things Seattle/Washington, Adam, Nellie and I are wearing every single piece of Seattle clothing we own to announce that we’re moving back to Seattle! University of Washington pride, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, and Seattle Thunderbirds all representing!
In 2009 Adam and I loaded up our things and moved from Seattle to Olympia, WA where we bought our first house and this blog was born. Two years later we moved to Anchorage, AK and two years after that we found ourselves driving across the prairies of Canada to Chicago where we’ve lived for the last nearly four years. It has been nearly EIGHT years since the Jones family called Seattle home, and it’s time to take our little Midwest born girl West and teach her about mountains, hiking, ferries, orca whales, stand up paddling, stormy Washington coasts, good seafood, camping, downhill skiing, snobby coffee, rain boots, Husky pride, the Space Needle and so much more.
I told Adam a few years ago when he lamented about missing the West Coast that I only had one more move left in me, and it was to Seattle. I was either going to die in Illinois where I’d found a home I loved, a job I adored and a community I was building, or I was going to move back to the Emerald City that had stolen my heart so many years before. I was done starting over, done making new friends and DONE getting to know a new city. Adam heard me loud and clear, and after having Nellie and realizing how hard it is to raise children so far from family he was inspired to take me up on my offer to return to Seattle.
Soon we’ll return to a place that has collected most of our favorite people in the entire world. Family as well as friends from childhood, college, the internet plus many more have all collected in Seattle. We’ll raise Nellie with our closest friends who also have children around her age. I’ll be lucky enough to raise my baby girl with some of the people who mean the most to me in this whole world. My parents will only be a short flight away (no more 4.5 hour flights with two connections!) and Adam’s family is only a 5ish hour drive away. We can once again escape to Bend, OR – our favorite place in the entire world – for a long weekend.
Although I am broken inside to once again have to say goodbye to people I’ve come to love, I’m not packing up and heading into the unknown as we have done far too many times before. This time as we drive away from our home here in Illinois I know I’ll be driving closer to the people I’ve missed so much these last eight years.
Soon we’ll be home.