Yes, you read that right……We’re moving to Indiana!
I can’t even believe that I’m actually writing those words or writing this post! What a wild ride!
I know that there are going to be SO many questions, so I thought I would try my best to answer most of the questions we’ve gotten so far from friends and family here to help you all understand a little bit better.
What?!? Why Indiana?!!
The reaction we heard from most people…..haha! Which we knew would happen because to be honest, Bryan & I both have never ever talked about moving to Indy. We’ve talked about New York, Chicago, Europe (after a bottle of wine), Denver, etc….never Indy, until recently. We’ve always been travelers and we both have always loved going new places, meeting new people and seeing the different ways that people live. We’ve talked for years (since we’ve been dating really) about moving somewhere else. We both are California kids and both went to college in Southern California. We have never lived anywhere else and for us, we’ve always wondered…..what if?! What if we moved to New York? Could we do it?! In January we got the itch and finally started doing some research about best places to raise a family in the United States. Low and behold, Carmel Indiana kept coming up in every article and post we read.
We decided to go visit in February of this year…bought tickets, rented the car and chickened out. We couldn’t do it….how would we? In June, we kept talking about it. In August, we kept talking about it. Finally at the end of August we booked another trip and said that we at least had to go visit to see what we thought. If we hated it, at least we would know and we could put the wondering behind us. Well, we didn’t hate it…..we loved it. A LOT. And yes, we know we went at a great weather time, but it wasn’t about the weather. It was about the city, the people, the space, the price, the location to so many other places to visit and travel…..we loved it. With my business continuing to grow, this puts me closer to the east coast and some great opportunities, all in the same time zone.
How did your families take the news?
The second question we get after…..why Indiana?! To be honest, when we cancelled our flights in February, it was because the thought of not living next to our parents was something we couldn’t imagine. It was our only negative on our pros and cons list. When it came down to making our final decision, we decided that we in the end had to do what was best for our growing family. Of course our families were sad when they first heard the news, but they are starting to come around to it, slowly. 🙂 My parents understand and I’m so grateful for their love and support always. They even surprised us by booking flights to come to Indy to help us with the move, break in the house and celebrate Thanksgiving. We are so so excited to share this experience with them!
(In downtown Carmel)
What are you most excited for?
Oh there’s a long list. But really…space. Bryan & I both work from home so we need work space + home space + kid space which equals a lot of space! Haha! We are super excited for Eloise to have a yard and to grow up in a place with actual seasons. (Granted, we’ve never lived in snow, and we might hate it, BUT we can’t knock it until we try it!).
We are excited for the travel opportunities ahead. We will be driving distance from Chicago & Nashville and a short flight to NYC. Plus, Europe is now that much closer….whoo hoo!!
We can’t wait to meet new friends and families and just experience something new!
(Walking through Carmel’s porch fest – this is where we really fell in love with the city).
Why move now?
We knew that if we ever wanted to test out a move out of state, it would have to be either before we had kids or before Eloise was in school. Now just seemed like the perfect time for us as a family.
(We visited Peace Water Winery while we were there and loved it! All California wines that really made it feel like home. I have a feeling we will be there a ton!)
Have you guys found a house?
We have! When I flew to Indy for 48 hours two weeks ago, I looked at 10 houses in about 18 hours 🙂 It was NUTS. I face timed Bryan through the ones we loved, but on the last day I knew we had found it. I sent him a video and within minutes he was like….”yep! That’s it”. When I was at the airport headed home, we put an offer on the house and we found out that we got it on my layover in Minneapolis. Such a whirlwind and one of the craziest experiences ever! Bryan just finished the home inspection today and for now everything is going great….fingers crossed that everything works out and that the house officially becomes ours!
When are you guys moving there?
As of right now, we will be there the week before Thanksgiving! So fast but we really wanted to move before the holidays and winter season really starts. We are still figuring out all the moving logistics (there are so many) but know that it will all work out the way it’s suppose to!
I’m so excited that I get to share this journey with you all and I’ve actually already chatted with a few of you who guessed it early….you gals catch everything!
I’m also just so incredibly grateful for this job and that I get to connect with all of you. It means the world to us that you love on our family & support us on our ups and downs of life.
When we got married we vowed to stick by each other through “all our crazy adventures” and geez, this is our craziest one yet! WE CANNOT WAIT!
Now back to packing! Happy Monday friends <3