The movers are coming to the Massachusetts house today. Ideally, the house will be all packed up and devoid of our belongings by nightfall; realistically it may take through Tuesday morning (we have a LOT of stuff). There's a cleaning crew scheduled to come to the house on Tuesday, and the closing is Wednesday. As of about 1:00 PM Wednesday, we will no longer own the house we built some 15 years ago.
Thoughts about Massachusetts aside, this is a pretty big deal.
It's even bigger when you realize that I have lived in this small town my entire life. College and graduate school were elsewhere, of course, but once I secured my first "real" job out of graduate school we started getting ready to build our house and put down roots. We received our land some 16 years ago; 15 years ago we spent several months poring over plans on the internet and looking at new construction homes for ideas. 14 years and nine months ago we moved into the home we are now vacating.
Like I said, it's a big deal.
The past two months have been a roller coaster for all of us. I've been relying on the kindness of friends down here in VA so that I didn't have to find (and pay for) temporary housing. We close on the VA house two months and two days after I started the new job, and to think that we've coordinated everything this close is pretty amazing. It took a lot of doing to pack up 15 years of our lives, but after today/tomorrow, all of our worldly possessions will be loaded up in a truck and waiting for arrival in VA.
This is the true new chapter in my life. The past two months have been a whirlwind, with the new job (new career!) being everything I thought/hoped it would be and then some - but with my family some 500 miles away, it's been a hollow victory. As much as I like the folks I've been staying with (both sets!), coming home to my family is eminently more satisfying and rewarding. The dream job loses something when I only see my kids every other week.
In two weeks we'll be closing on the VA house. In a little less than that, the family will be driving down to join me in anticipation of the closing. Two weeks from today, we'll be official VA residents. I intend to have my VA license as close to that point as I can (and will be filing my VA CHL paperwork as soon as I can, natch). Then the fun *really* begins... The kids start their new schools after the winter break, where hopefully the "new kid" aura won't be quite as bad. We'll get our lives back into some semblance of "normal" soon. I hope.
I do suspect we'll be unpacking boxes through the summer, though...
That is all.