the list

the list

 

the list

 

This is the list.

A page and a half of jobs open for next spring. Joe brought it home to me yesterday afternoon with all but a dozen scratched out.

In true Stephinie style I've spent a good chunk of time with that list, some coffee, and the computer. Researching things like house prices and food cooperatives and yarn shops. You know, important stuff.

These pages hold our fate. Our next home. Our dreams

We've done this before. In fact this will be the sixth move in 15 years. Each of them to a completely different geographic location. But this one is is a bit different. This one we hope will be our last.

I almost didn't tell you about it here. I'm a bit superstitious about it. Okay, maybe a lot superstitious.

But then, I remembered there is strength in numbers. In thoughts and prayers and good vibes. 

And you know, if you have any of those you could spare…. we would certainly appreciate them right about now. We could use them in the coming months while we not so patiently wait to find out where our next home will be.

 

the list

 

In the meantime I'm going to smile at this little corner of my windowsill and remember that somehow, we'll end up just where we need to be. Because we always do. (and maybe dream just a little bit about four seasons)

xo

~stephinie

 

42 thoughts on “the list

  1. Ohhhh!! I really, really, REALLY hope that you get what you want!!!!! My fingers and toes, and eyes are all crossed for you:))) We all need a little good luck these days!

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  2. I’ve been trying to figure out for ages what prompts your moves. What does your husband do?
    Whatever it is, I hope your next locale matches up with all your dreams!

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  3. I am a bit illusive I suppose. He works for the Coast Guard. We move every 2 – 4 years depending on jobs and promotions. We've been grateful to see the country and live on the coast…. but after 15 years of this lifestyle, we're hoping to settle down and plant some roots someplace. I think that's why this feels like such a big move. It has the potential to be the last!

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  4. Stephanie, sending wishes full of dreams come true for you and your family. I am amazed at your ability to make your home over and over again but I wish deep roots for you on your next location.

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  5. lots of positive energy to you. I’m such a home body, I’ve lived in the same small rural county my entire life. I think moving around and seeing new parts of the country sounds exciting…..on paper šŸ™‚ i hope you guys find the perfect place to settle down.

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  6. Oh, gosh, yes, I understand. We recently moved to a whole new state (wish it was the coast!), and I haven’t even managed to get many pictures on the walls because I’m not sure how long we’ll be here. There is the potential to move again in the next few years, and I’m afraid that hasn’t done a lot for my decorating mojo.
    Well, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves. Wherever you go, there you are, right?
    Good luck!

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  7. Plant some roots in Buffalo, NY. Be my neighbor! šŸ™‚
    No matter where you move, may you always be wrapped in the warmth of home.
    Wishing you much peace and love as you come to a decision and begin to lay down roots.

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  8. You are starting a new chapter in your book of life. It is scary, exciting and full of challenges. Your are in my prayers casue I think right now I am getting ready to start chaper 208. :O) and I was ready to slow up after chapter 99. Where ever you go you will find amazing people and places to see. I have moved over 30 times in my life and they have all been exciting. Other than an old folks home I hope my next one is the final one to our bloved place in Wyoming. Lots of love and prayers headed your way sweetie, for you and your family. Love ya

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  9. Oh how very, very exciting! A page and a half of options. I do hope they are on “the left coast” as I like to call it. šŸ˜‰ And of course, near to the wild woods of your lovely Alaska. Wishing you well as you make a final move. We’re looking forward to our own one of these days soon.

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  10. Oh I long to be a homebody! That is the truth about me. While I do love visiting my mama up north… I long to really know a place of my own. To stay put. Thank you so much for the sweet words~~

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  11. Ahh! I am guilt of the same here. By the time we were done renovating, little family bits made it onto the walls. The artwork, yes. But not family photos. I miss this so much. It's hard to put things up when you know you'll be patching holes & painting walls before too long. And you are so right with that last bit. Wherever we go, there we will be. Thank you for the sweet words!

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  12. Yes on being neighbors! Wouldn't that be fun! Especially with our large broods šŸ™‚ Mostly, thank you for the sweet words. My heart needed those today, I am totally grateful!

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  13. Chapter 208? Wow! I wonder what chapter I'm on now? You are so right on finding goodness in all places. If you open your heart, all will be well. I've certainly learned that through this journey. I'm hoping geographically this is the last move for a long time. I'm ready to put in some roots and feel less like a tumbleweed. xoxo love you so much!!

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  14. Until this present place we live, I’d moved every year since I was 18 – and before that, every two years. It’s so tough, not belonging to any “permanent” community. I just managed to hang pictures on my walls for the first time in my life!
    Things will come together for you (they always do) – I hope it’s easy to see which open door is the best one. šŸ™‚
    Warmly,
    Jeni

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  15. I was wondering if you were a Navy family, but I see now, Coast Guard. I hope you get a posting you want, and hey, lots of coast up here too. If you end up by the southern New England coast you’ll have a friendly face greeting you. šŸ™‚

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  16. My goodness, you've got me beat for sure! You've said it perfectly though…. it's tough to "not belong". It seems we stay somewhere just long enough to figure out where things are that we love, make a few friends…. and then we're off. It is hard. I find peace in knowing no matter where we land at this point, we'll know someone. We've lived on every coast and the great lakes now! Thank you for the kind words & bit of hope~~

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  17. Thank you Amy. This always the tough part about what we do. And I'm terribly impatient! We fill out the list this month and we won't know until J-a-n-u-a-r-y! That's why I am going to show up each week for mindful monday from here on out. To remind myself to be in the moment I'm in. And if I do make it your way…. we'll get Michelle up for a visit too!

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  18. I think you know what I’m hoping for. I’m sure anyone who has met you is hoping the same thing. For your family to live a little closer to theirs. I’m praying for a little more than the woods and seasons and snow, for you… I pray you find that hidden gem..A place that is waiting for a family like yours to find it.. A place loved and cared for through the seasons and chapters of a good soul’s life. A place with character, rich soils and in need of MINER care. I look forward to visiting this place someday. No matter how far away it is.. I selfishly pray its a little closer to me.

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  19. My goodness. This left tears in my eyes. You just summed up mine & Joe's thoughts exactly. That we find the place we are meant to be and sow these roots of ours into the earth. Wherever it is, it will always be a place you can visit and drink tea (and homemade wine!) and sit around a fire with people who love you. But I too hope it's just a couple hours drive away. Much love to you~ S

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  20. Are you Coast Guard? We are Coasties and have been at Sector Juneau for the past 4 years and my husband just transferred to Sector San Francisco (Yerba Buena Island). I am still in Juneau because I own a yarn shop, but I love connecting with other military families.

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  21. Oh yes. I need to meet Michelle in person too, she is a lifeline, definitely.
    We run into Navy families often, based in either Newport (RI) or Groton (CT). A family in our co-op is based in Groton and boy oh boy were they disappointed. I don’t think Groton was even on their list. But she’s a delight and I’m looking forward to another year of her in our co-op. There is a certain personality and spirit to the military wives I’ve met–I think it’s probably necessary–but it’s always nice to be around–I’m probably not explaining it at all well, but I think it requires a certain go-with-the-flowness that it’s good for me to aspire to.

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  22. Yes we are Missy. I met my husband in Cordova, where my parents & brother still are. I peeked at your blog and we've been in some of the same places! The world sure is small. Is your yarn shop online too? I'd love to have a peek šŸ™‚

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  23. And Michelle has been dreaming of Squam Art Workshops too! I think I know what you mean about military wives. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to live this life on a positive note. But I always am grateful for the opportunity to get to know a new space and new people. Even if it's not what we expected!

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  24. Ah yes, THE LIST. I’ve spent hours pouring over those things, and I don’t even know why… it’s all pretty much out of our hands. My husband has tried to get us to Alaska for 13 years, and we’ve been sent everywhere else but there.
    Sending good thoughts and prayers your way! We always end up where we are supposed to be, I have no doubt about that. Our current transfer has plopped our family smack dab into a place of perfection for me. I think it was #10 on our list. But it was kind of like sliding into home base, and the umpire yelling “SAFE!” I wasn’t afraid to set my roots down deep, so I did it quickly here. As this is possibly our last tour…now we are just praying that the right kind of employment for the hubby jumps in front of him when he is done here. We are also praying for an advancement so the retirement paycheck has a bit more heft to it.

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  25. This is exciting. I can hardly wait to hear where you’re going. North? South? West? East? It’s all up for grabs isn’t it? I know wherever you go you’ll be surrounded by family , friends, and creative endeavors. šŸ™‚ I’m holding all of you in my thoughts.

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  26. Thank you Valarie. It's been an intense week discussing cities and pros and cons of each one. We are certainly hoping to head north. We do so miss four seasons. I can't wait to find out….. but it's months off for that. In the mean time I will enjoy our last few months here in the deep south~

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