Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Our Big News

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I might have some news to share. I do in fact have news to share, and, without further ado, here it is: We're moving to Iowa. That's right, Iowa!


Why would we leave Connecticut, a wonderful place where we've lived for four years and like very much, a place where we're 90 minutes away from both my family in Massachusetts and Peter's family in Rhode Island, a place where we're close to the ocean and to the great cities of Boston and New York, a place where history, culture, and natural beauty abound all around?

It's all because my husband got lured away from Prudential, the company for which he's worked for all eight years of his career. He wasn't looking for a new job, but late last summer an executive recruiter contacted him about an attractive opening with another insurance company. It turned out to be "the one" for Peter: a big step up in the areas he's good in with a lot of responsibility and leadership opportunity. This company just happens to be headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This was such a difficult decision to make. There were many factors to consider. I had months to think about it, and I went from "No, absolutely not, NEVER" to "Probably not" to "Hmmm, maybe" to, finally, "Yes." I visited Iowa at the end of December with Peter to see if it was a place I could agree to move to, and I was impressed. It wasn't all flat cornfields like I'd been expecting. In fact, many of the areas that we saw looked a lot like the Northeast, with trees, rivers, hills, a sprawling university campus, and similar shops and buildings to what we have here.

So anyway, there's a lot more I could write about, and I'm sure I'll do that in various posts in the months to come, but that's the scoop. We won't be moving until this summer, thank goodness. I need all the time I can get to get used to the idea of becoming a Midwesterner!

13 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Wow! That's a huge change. I hope it goes well!

dougandcheryl said...

It is a huge change. The midwest is an interesting place to live. We like it but it is different.
It must have been a really hard decision to not only leave somewhere so beautiful but also close to all your family but sometimes the hard decisions are the right ones.
Good luck!

Jeanette said...

Being a Midwesterner is the best! You'll eventually wonder why you thought the East Coast was so great. :-P (I've lived in the Midwest for about 24 of my 30 years, in the same state and practically the same town.)
Iowa is not so bad. It is better than Illinois which is flater than a pancake. I have family and some friends in Iowa but not in the Cedar Rapids area.
Good luck with everything.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

That is huge news! And a big move! Good for you!

buffyvandabailey said...

As you probably know, I'm from the Midwest. And my Dad's entire side of the family is from Iowa. The schools are amazing, the people are amazing, and I'm sure you'll love it. Congratulations!

Ann Marie said...

It's good that you are so supportive. I am much like you.. when I hear of a change my first instinct is always NO WAY.. but then it grows on you.. and you give it a chance.. and you end up loving it!

One thing about moving around.. you'll make more friends! I believe there are good people everywhere.. and I'm sure you can find happiness wherever you are.. as long as your together! XO

Lisa K said...

Congrats! What a fun change!! Everyone I know who has lived in Iowa has just loved it.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

You'll never be a midwestener! You'll always be a New Englander at heart. :)

Donna said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words and encouragement! It means a lot to me right now.

rachel said...

Wow, Donna!! My MIL lived in Iowa for years and loved it. She said the people were really friendly. Isn't it funny about people moving all over the place. We had the same thing happen and ALMOST moved to Miami and a dear friend's husband was just contacted by a recruiter and are now moving to Oklahoma!! I wish you the very best!! What a brand new adventure :)

Sarah Laurence said...

Wow! I’ve been wondering about your big news. Congratulations to Peter! I never thought a city girl like me would be so happy in Maine. I hope Iowa becomes a second home for you too. The nice thing about a blog is we’ll stay connected.

Brooke said...

Congrats, and good luck! :)

jaredandmatisse said...

We are going to miss you guys so much! I know it will be such a great adventure. I have a feeling there will be a lot that will not get done in our ward once you two are suddenly gone. Iowa is a lucky state.