Monday, January 9, 2012

Our 5 Year Plan...Maybe


For some time now my husband and I have been thinking about moving.  There are a few reasons that we haven't.  For one, my parents live one street away and we're very close with them.  I grew up seeing my grandparents everyday and I want that for my kids too.  Secondly, I've been at the same company for almost 20 years.  They are family to me after all this time.

We've talked to my parents about finding a place that we all like and making a move but until now they've been reluctant to leave California.  In the past if I brought it up one of them would say, "but you can't beat the weather in California".  Imagine my surprise when they came over talking about Tenessee and how much some friends of ours were loving it there, having just moved a few months ago.  My Mom emailed me the picture of this house that's for sale in the town our friends are in.  This house {that I LOVE} is going for about half of what ours would sell for and it's are you ready for this.............4 times the size!

I'm not going to lie, I'm a true California girl but as time goes by I want green trees...lots of them.  I want a big church and a small town.  I want a barn that I can string lights up in and throw big parties with lots of lemonade and dancing.  A porch I can sleep on during hot summer nights.  I want people to call me by my name at the grocery store.

We've made some progress...it's no longer something that just some of us want.  All of us want it now.  I couldn't be more relieved.  I couldn't have gone and left anyone behind.  I know that this may seem unrealistic to some.  Families scatter over time, it's the norm.  For us, well, we just love to be together.  Now that I know it's our tentative 5 or so year plan a little voice in my heart says, "you'll never go you know". 

Maybe, maybe not.

9 comments:

cindi said...

Ooohh drool over that house. But what about Hawaii... Of course you won't be able to get a big house like that but there is a lot of sunshine. Come on lets do it.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ohhh, I would LOVE to move to Tennessee. I lived there when I was a child for a short period of time but have gone back to visit a couple of times.

I would go in a heartbeat . . it's the husband that is reluctant.

I am also a native Californian . . I'll take an earthquake over a hurricane or tornado any day, but if given an opportunity to move to Tennessee . . . I'll take my chances, LOL

I keep asking my husband, are there any openings there for you to transfer to?!?!?! LOL

Barbara Eads said...

I was born and raised in St. Louis, but have called TN home for 27 years now. It truly is a perfect place to live and raise a family. We loved it here from the start. Come on down....

connie said...

oh you never know what the future holds... I love the home... and I love the fact your dreaming big! we moved 2 years ago, I drove by this house everyday yes, call me a stalker my kids did! never did i imagine i'd end up in this charming home but prices were falling and the realtors time was out so we decided to knock on the door and see if they'd sell with out a realtor,and they did!! I have been pinching myself everyday! good luck on your dream and your plan! xo

Jennifer Rizzo said...

We are on a 5 year plan to move too and I dream of extra space and a bigger yard. I know I visited Kentucky one year and would move there in a heartbeat if it weren't for the kids. I bet TN is just as gorgeous.

Melony Bradley said...

Hi Lisa,

Love your work in Stampington Pubs! I just moved from Tennessee back to Georgia and can say I really liked it there. If you like trees, you can't be in a better place. Great house too!

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Colleen said...

You sound just like us. We have talked about it so much in the past. But alas...all the fam is here. It would be so hard to leave. But...for that house it just might be worth it...ha ha...maybe I'll be your neighbor. I make killer lemonade!

Kathryn said...

Lisa,
What a fairytale southern house. I was a native CA for 40 yrs and we moved to MT for fewer people, smaller town and green trees. I now consider myself a displaced Montanan. I'll always remember my growing up and heritage but I'm so happy living here. Our family came too. I visit friends or take classes is CA. If it's right it will happen.
Kathryn

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Kansas is good living for cheap too!