by Jennifer on October 29, 2010

And so we go back, is what I was going to tell you.

But that’s not how it is, how it ever is. Always forward.

We are moving back to Arizona. In the process of working out (at long last) our parenting agreement, I decided that it made sense to live there again. It will make it logistically easier for the kids to spend time with their father. They miss their friends. They miss living there. I miss my friends and will be glad to take new measure of  the ties that bind parts of my soul to that piece of desert.

My long drives in the mountains, for starters. The sunsets.

So in a couple of weeks, the kids will fly out with their dad and I’ll be driving out –  and maybe driving a moving truck with my car on a trailer, this far:

The Long Ass Trail - kinda like the Oregon Trail but with Starbucks.

There are a lot of miles to cross between here and Arizona, but the distance is greater still. Between past and future. Between the life that I left there and the one that will begin when I finally unpack our things.

I’m ready for every mile of it.

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slouchy October 29, 2010 at 9:25 am

i am here, cheering you on.

V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios October 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

I am glad this is something you and the kids want to do and that you’re moving forward as you move backward. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you while you were here. I know how much prep work a move takes. Sigh.

Jenn @ Juggling Life October 29, 2010 at 11:23 am

You are an adventurer–driving alone and a moving truck besides. I feel a little wimpy because I don’t see myself doing the truck ever.

I hope it turns out to be a great step forward for all of you.

Veronica October 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Oh wow. Living in a teensy state at the bottom of the world I sort of forget just how big the US is sometimes.

Elizabeth Harper @ giftsofthejourney October 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Safe travels and good for you putting the children closer to dad. It will make such a difference.

Stacie October 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Please be careful and remember that you are thought about and cheered on here in GA!

Keyona October 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Good luck in your travel!

flutter October 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I am so excited, i could so pee my pants. HURRY UP!!!

Chris October 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

I know how difficult moves are, but I’m happy that there might be an opportunity to meet you in person… finally. You sound good, and your plan makes sense. I wish your Long Ass Trail passed through northern Utah. 🙂

Jane October 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

This feels so right to me, so moving-forwardish. And I’m glad we’ll be in the same time zone again. Or is AZ an hour behind CA? Whatever–maybe one day we can actually meet.

Emily October 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I was wondering when the move was going to happen!

6512 and growing October 31, 2010 at 8:45 am

This sounds like a long road with a lot of views. Yay for the desert, enjoy forwarding.

Slow Panic November 1, 2010 at 11:01 am

I wish I could make that drive with you.

green girl in wisconsin November 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

Travel safe! Somehow I think this leg of your journey will be pretty wonderful for you…

Lennie November 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

How odd this might sound, but I am SO excited for you! Your own words tell me that this IS the right thing to do for your family AND for you, the right time to do it, and the right journey to take, the right approach. Ah yes, the journey. It’s always about the journey. Head held high and eyes on the horizon……off you go! Enjoy every mile!

Margaret (Nanny Goats) November 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm

You know, I was thinking of you this week and wondering what was going on in your life and made a note in my head that I needed to come over here and see what was going on with you lately but I didn’t write it down which makes it nearly impossible to happen because I can’t remember a dang thing any more and I never thought I’d ever say this, but thank goodness for Facebook because it told me that today was your birthday and I thought, oh yeah! I was going to go catch up with her but I wasn’t at my computer that last time I thought of it, but this time I am and I come over here only to find out that you are moving back to Arizona and wow! I’m just barely keeping up with you, geographically speaking. So, Happy Birthday, good luck on moving back, and your photo caption of the map cracked me up! Say, you wouldn’t happen to play Words with Friends on your phone, would you? If so, look up nannygoats sometime. Otherwise, there’s always FB.


JCK (Motherscribe) November 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

You are an amazing woman. And very brave. I love how you are doing what is best for your children. I hear there are some great fresh starts in Arizona.

Kristen August 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm

OMG, I miss your wicked sense of humor! I’m so glad you are coming back to AZ…we need to plan another PJ game night and purse gift exchange in your honor 🙂 Safe travels…can’t wait to catch up with you!

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