Sunday, November 27, 2011

Goodbye Wisconsin

Had you asked me ten years ago if I ever had an inkling to move to the Midwest, the answer would have been an emphatic "No".

But then, I fell in love. With a boy who had all but signed the official papers to move himself to Madison, Wisconsin for the next five plus years.

I wasn't ready to move at first. We had been dating less than a year and I thought that moving half-way across the country was too big of a step at that point. So we did long distance.

My first visit to Madison in September 2006
After a year, I took the plunge. I packed myself up and drove on I-90 and I-80 from Boston to Wisconsin. We moved in together. We adopted two kittens.

Layla and Rufus at 5 weeks old
On New Years Eve of 2007, in our brand new apartment (literally, we moved in that night), Mike asked me to marry him. I told him that nothing would make me happier.

Raise your hand if you remember this photo! It's my favorite of our engagement photos taken at a park in Madison, and it adorned the header of my blog until March of this year.
We were married at the church on the Villanova University campus in April of 2009, and arrived back in Madison after our honeymoon. Not two years later, Carina was born.

Carina est. 12/28/2010
Madison will always hold a special place in my heart because it is where we became we. First, me and Mike. Then, all three of us. Since Mike and I have been here together we have gotten engaged, married, and added a member to our family (okay, actually three members) ;)

We. Here.
So with a {slightly} heavy and hopeful heart, we leave in 36 hours. I will likely shed a few tears while I board the plane. Not necessarily tears of sadness, but more for the nostalgia I think I will always feel for this town, this state. Where we began.

And to be truthful, oh my goodness will I miss the cheese and beer.


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