>Yesterday I broke the news that we are moving to the kids for the second time in 11 months. I had been planning my speech for weeks, rehearsing which points to make, deciding whether to tell them together or separately, and trying to not repeat the mistakes I made the last time.
But still, when Bella sat between Steve and I on the couch, looked up at me, and asked me what I wanted to talk about, my mouth wouldn’t form the words. There she sat, trusting, tanned and relaxed, completely unaware that we were about to shatter her world again.
When I finally did get the words out, she didn’t believe me. Just like the last time. But when she looked over at Steve, she read the truth in the guilt in his eyes. That’s when she started sobbing. And although her tears flowed for a while, they slowed as she began listening to our descriptions of a wonderful school around the corner from a rambling Victorian near a lake so huge that it acts like an ocean. By the time I explained that Daddy’s new job would keep him in Chicago most of the time, she was nodding in agreement that the move was necessary. Today, when she gave me her 10 reasons why she doesn’t want to move to Chicago, she was smiling and easily conceding point after point when I responded with the 10 reasons she will love Chicago.
I know that she will shed more tears before the moving truck swallows up our belongings again in August, but I also know that it will be easier this time around. Our year in Ohio has brought us closer as a family, has given us back family dinners, and has taught us who we are. Regardless of how corny it may sound, moving has shown us that our home is wherever our family is together. The thought of having Daddy travel away from home most of the week is simply not an option to them. They know that they’ll make new friends in our new home, just like they did here.
And so in a few weeks, this family will pack up for another great adventure. We know little about Chicago, and the kids haven’t even heard about the snow yet, but we’re ready. We know we’re headed there as a family.