If you know our story, you know that two years ago we uprooted everything we knew and loved in Miami and took a chance at pursuing a career opportunity for my husband, Mark in Boston. Admittedly, we came here with the mentally of it being a quick 2 year deal and head right back home where we came from. But in the words of a very witty friend and mother figure “If you want to make God laugh, tell him you have a plan”.
Last year Mark was presented with yet an even better career opportunity, also here in Boston. We took it with open arms, decided we wanted to make Boston a little more permanent so we started house shopping. Spent every weekend getting to know new neighborhoods, researching schools and communities, saw ourselves finally planting some roots again. Fast forward just a few short weeks later and we get the news that this marvelous healthcare company he just signed on with is actually relocating their headquarters department within the next year….TO DALLAS!
Our conversation went something like this…
Mark: “So, I have some news…I need you to have your head on straight for what I’m about to tell you.”
Me: After about 20 seconds of silence and 20 things scrambling through my mind I finally ask…”What’s going on?”
Mark: “I just got word today that corporate is relocating to Dallas.”
Me: numb with confusion..”Dallas!? Um, no. We’re not moving to Dallas.”
Me again: “This is not what I signed up for.”
As any mother would, I want stability for my kids. I want to plant roots in a place that we’re going to be happy and live a great quality of life. A place where the kids and us can establish long lasting friendships, have a place to really call “home”. The last thing I want is to jump around from one city to the next. It’s the opposite of what we want, quite frankly and not at all what we were expecting.
I panicked, I froze, I completely negated the idea, walked away from the table and locked myself in our bedroom. After laying completely numb for about 5 minutes, I did what any mother who prioritizes her family’s needs first would do. I turned to google and typed “raising a family in Dallas, TX”. The overwhelming amount of positive reviews I read instilled a glimmer of even the slight possibility of accepting this new idea. I got on the phone with my cousin who actually lives in Dallas and she only confirmed everything I had read online.
It had only been 45 minutes from the moment Mark laid the news on me and I came out of the bedroom with an open heart to the idea. And at that point, I was the one convincing Mark (once again, haha!) that this was the best plan for our family right now.
If you know me, you know that I’m a very spiritual person and I felt in my heart that God was guiding us, answering our prayers and aligning all the stars for us, not in Boston, nor in Miami, but in Dallas!
My main goal in this family is to keep us feeling secure, loved and supported. As a wife, I am so incredibly proud of Mark and all of his ambitions, his ability to continue to excel in his career while simultaneously being the most loving, supportive and a guiding light for our family.
As for my kids, I am so proud to be their mother and to see them not just doing well despite the changes, but thriving even as we fight against the current. I mean….look at this kid! He can’t get any happier!
As for the new idea of “moving to Texas” for the kids, they’re just most excited about having a spacious house (because everything’s bigger in Texas!) and a pool!! And as for this momma, I am beyond thrilled and excited to have not one but two kids in school (yippie!!) and finally focus on really building my home decor business and most importantly, working on my biggest project yet, our new home! This is my time to shine! Here is a sneak peak!
I am honestly so thankful to all of our family and friends who have supported us along this journey and encouraged us to continue pursuing opportunities that will provide our family with the quality of life that they deserve. And furthermore, thankful to God for giving me strength and inner peace knowing that he is guiding the way and aligning the stars for us.