Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Where is Home?

 June 20 marks the anniversary of the day I left Missouri. This June 20 it will mark nine years since I left home. Some days I can't believe it's already been nine years, and other times it feels like it's been so much longer. Unless you're new here I'm sure you've read the story here about me leaving home.

It really is amazing how much your life can change in just nine short years. To be honest I'm not really sure what I expected when I took the leap of faith to move east. Some days I miss home more than others. I swear saying good bye to my family gets harder rather than easier. Now that we have the girls I often ask myself if Maryland is the place to call home. Sometimes I feel that we've isolated ourselves, but other times I think how amazing it is that we stay as close to our families as we do regardless of the distance and that we've found family in the great friendships we've made.

Some days we talk about leaving Maryland. Where would we go? We don't even really know. Even though Nate is a Raven hater, no matter where life takes us, Maryland will always have a special place in our hearts. We are within three hours of four huge cities, two hours to the beaches, less than two hours to the mountains. I learned about diversity here. I've met and taught people from different countries all over the world. I proved my independence here. This place has become a part of me too.

I often ask myself where is home. As I said in Roots and Wings Missouri is the place that gave me my roots that go much deeper than that young girl that left actually knew, but Maryland has given me my wings. Missouri is home to the girl I was but Maryland has become home to the woman I am. I became an adult here, started my family here, spent the majority of my career here. I could not easily leave this place now. Just as a part of me will always belong and be a part of a little town in Missouri a part of me will always belong here too. Home is where the people we love and love us back are, as well as the place that molds who we are and what we become.

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  1. Leaps of faith are always challenging, but they're also the origin of growth spurts. It sounds like now you have two places to call home. Thanks for visiting over at True Hope and a Future!

  2. As our country becomes more transient, many of us will have these same thoughts. Very nicely written blog post!