After finding out that we were expecting, Solomon and I did A LOT of soul searching and talking, both with one another and with our families, and decided it was in our best interests to move closer to family. We thought that with a baby coming along, it was best to be near family for so many reasons.
I don’t know how much I’ve really shared, but this has been an incredibly hard year for me. We moved here back in August, and I haven’t been able to find a job. I stopped looking once we made this decision, but it was really rough on me to not be working. As someone with an advanced degree, to not be doing anything other than part time baking and substitute teaching, was really kind of depressing. It’s also been hard to be so far from a Jewish community. In Boston, we are part of a big, strong Jewish community, and here we are 45 minutes from the nearest synagogue. We have met a lot of lovely Jewish people (and non Jewish people of course), but it’s just not the community we know and are used to. Though I consider myself more of a spiritual and ethnic Jew, I’m used to having a community around me (I went to Brandeis after all!)
In the end, Boston made more sense than New Jersey (where I am from), because our network in Boston is so large, and we both went to college and graduate school there. It’s really been a hard choice, but in the end is the right choice, we are sure of that.
On July 21st and 22nd, we will be making this long drive caravan style, followed by movers.
We’re really excited about this move, and the wonderful new townhouse we’ll be moving into! Here are some pictures from the spec sheet:
Check out my kitchen! As soon as we walked in the front door I knew we were home, and this kitchen sealed the deal for both of us! It will be so easy to keep kosher in here, plus everything is brand new (it’s a 3 year old townhouse). Those beautiful high stools are going to be ours too
A lot of the pictures have things owned by the current owners, and I just don’t think I should post them. For example, pictures of their children on walls and pictures of their bedroom, kid’s room, guest room and nursery. It’s just not for me to share something so personal. However, I will be sharing tons of photos once we move in! Downstairs we have a big living room/dining room, an office and a more formal living room. We also have a laundry room and bathroom. There is a basement downstairs, and a backyard for Rufio to play in, complete with a deck for us to grill on!
Another great feature is the attic, which is finished. Wait for it…there’s a chalkboard wall. Yes, a chalkboard wall. I feel like I win!
So for those of you bloggers in the Boston area, I would really love to meet you (especially before the little boy comes along). I’m going to send out a mass email in the next few days, but please, feel free to drop me an email! I won’t be working once we move, since to find a job, and go on maternity leave just a few weeks later is kind of pointless. I’m not too worried about being bored though…between setting up a new home, setting up a nursery and getting ready for baby, I’ll be plenty busy!
I’ll miss Meadville, all the wonderful people we have met, and the little life we’ve built for ourselves here, but in the end, it’s not the right place for us to be right now. Meadville was good to us for so many reasons. We learned a lot about ourselves, one another and together as a couple. We got pregnant here for crying out loud! We learned we can survive any amount of snow, and living 45 minutes from a Starbucks and 2 hours from a Trader Joe’s isn’t the end of the world (though we will be 1/2 mile from both when we move!)