Some of you mentioned that the space above the bookshelf looks bare. I agree. But I’m not going to bother hanging anything there, because in a matter of weeks, someone else will be living in this house.

That’s the plan, anyway. The plan that I’ve been dying to tell you about, but couldn’t until now. The plan that came together in a rush of exciting new opportunities and downright terrifying decisions.

Two years ago we started working in earnest toward our goal of moving to Oregon. Two months ago I believed it wasn’t meant to be—that we’d done our best, but it was time to move on and stop dreaming.

Today? Well, shit, friends. Everything has changed.

JB has an amazing new job in Eugene that starts in May. Our house went on the market earlier this month and we got a solid offer two days later. We have a rental house in Eugene that looks like the perfect temporary location while we plan our next real estate step.

Soon everything is going to be so different, and oh, you guys. I’m so excited and nervous and I can hardly believe this is finally happening.

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Jill
Jill
10 years ago

Congratulations!! What fantastic news!

Carmen
10 years ago

I just gasped in excitement. I’m SO HAPPY for you and your family. Congratulations!

Sarah
Sarah
10 years ago

Congratulations!

Sarah
Sarah
10 years ago

Oh–and if you want to start meeting people in Eugene, I live here and believe it wouldn’t be at all weird that I’m using several of the same make-up products based on your recommendations, right? (Am trying desperately to convince myself this post doesn’t sound creepy and/or stalkerish. I swear I’m normal.)

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
10 years ago

Wonderful news!!! Congrats!

Jo from Australia
Jo from Australia
10 years ago

Oh Linda, congratulations. I’m so happy for you and your little family. It sounds like all the pieces have fallen into place at the right time to pay off all your hard work & commitment to your dreams.

Charlott
10 years ago

Delurking to tell you how happy this makes me! Not only for you guys, but also selfishly for me, who gets to read all about the move. I really enjoy your writing.

Lucy
Lucy
10 years ago

Got tears in my eyes reading this actually as I know how important this is to you guys. Fantastic news!

Antropologa
10 years ago

Awesome news!

Fiona
10 years ago

Delurking too to say congratulations to you all, that’s really really wonderful news! xx

Naomi in Oz
Naomi in Oz
10 years ago

How wonderful for you Linda! I vaguely remember commenting about how I believe that things happen for a reason and that your dream of moving must not be the right thing for you at the the time. But now everything seems to have lined up for you and you are ready for the next stage of your life. I hope your new life in Oregon is everything you want. xxx

Elysia
Elysia
10 years ago

Huzzah! Great news! Here’s to a low stress move and great things on the horizon.

Jess
10 years ago

So freaking happy for you! So excited! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

NancyJ
10 years ago

Add me to the chorus – THAT IS AMAZING!
Now THIS was meant to be – and we all told you so! The right time – the right space and all that.
I am just bursting with joy for you (how weird is that?) and your family! The boys are at a perfect age to move and with you working from home, AND a new job for JB everything is aligned.
How did you keep that a secret?!

Deanna
Deanna
10 years ago

Fantastic news! So excited for you guys. Congrats. Now, let the packing commence. (god, packing is awful, so maybe you should bask in the awesome news for a bit longer….)

Jean
Jean
10 years ago

Again, read religiously but never comment!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Soooo happy for you!!!!

Sarah
Sarah
10 years ago

SQUEAL!!!!! Oh LORD I’m so happy for you!!

Lisa
Lisa
10 years ago

SOOOOO excited for you guys! Also, please post 6 bazillion pictures of Oregon because it looks stunningly beautiful there. I wish the best for all of you!

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
10 years ago

I totally have tears in my eyes right now. I am SO SO happy for you guys! I can’t wait for pictures and to hear all about everything! OMG!!!!!!!! So awesome!

shygirl
shygirl
10 years ago

Oh, SUNDRY. I’m so, SO happy for you guys!!!!

abp
abp
10 years ago

booooooooyaaaaa!

Diane
Diane
10 years ago

Delurking to say congratulations! This is wonderful news!

Maggie
Maggie
10 years ago

So happy for you all! Sounds like everything is coming together like it should. Can’t wait to read about your new adventure!

Christine
Christine
10 years ago

I am so happy for you and your family! Congratulations! This is really wonderful news (and I, umm, don’t even know you! Just a long time reader who is really, really happy for you! That’s not weird, right?)

michelleJ
michelleJ
10 years ago

Omg! No way!
Ok, now we want details! Back up and tell us the timeline! How have you managed to get all this done? When do you leave? What do the boys think? Your job won’t change, right?
Dreams really do come true!

Kristin H
Kristin H
10 years ago

Hooray and hooray! Congratulations on a dream come true!

Emily
Emily
10 years ago

All I can say is that you give me hope!! Hope that our dreams can really come true. Congrats on the new adventure!!

Susan
10 years ago

I rarely comment, but I had to delurk to say congratulations. This is amazing, amazing news, and I’m so happy for you and your family. Hurray!

Karen
Karen
10 years ago

So happy for you! I wondered a little bit when I saw those photos — that was an awful lot of decluttering. I’m so glad it was for the reasons I’d hoped.

It seems like the perfect place for you guys. Hooray for the universe finally getting its act in gear.

Pam
Pam
10 years ago

Oh my gosh, congratulations!!! Such wonderful news!

Amy M.
Amy M.
10 years ago

Congrats and good luck in the next step!

Ris
Ris
10 years ago

Linda this is so exciting! Congratulations!!

Jessi
10 years ago

What an exciting time for you and your family! Don’t you love it when the stars align?

Rowan
Rowan
10 years ago

Delurking to say Congratulations! That’s great news.

wealhtheow
10 years ago

SO excited for you guys! Eugene is such a lovely, amazing town–which obviously you already know. What a fabulous opportunity for your family. You must feel like the cat who got the cream–and you guys deserve it.

bessie.viola
10 years ago

YAY!! So totally excited for you! Love seeing dreams become reality. Congratulations!

Wendi
10 years ago

This is the BEST news — I am so happy for you guys! Congratulations!! :)

Sara
Sara
10 years ago

So excited for you! Congratulations! Some of my favorite people in the world live in Eugene!

Trina
Trina
10 years ago

How wonderful! I am so excited for all of you!

Christine
10 years ago

So excited for you guys! Congratulations on selling the house, the move and JB’s new job!

Cara
Cara
10 years ago

So excited for you! Last summer we also started getting serious about moving from Austin to OR in the next 2-3 years, but haven’t decided where yet. Going up to visit and scope things out in August and we’ll definitely be checking out Eugene. So glad that things are working out for your family!

Therese
Therese
10 years ago

Congratulations!

Janet in Miami
Janet in Miami
10 years ago

HIP HIP HOORAY FROM MIAMI !!!!

Isn’t it strange how something can be so thrilling AND terrifying at the same time ? But such is life. This is such great news, I’m really happy for all of you.

Janet

Mar3
Mar3
10 years ago

Congratulations, to my favourite internet family! All the very best to you!

Kristen
Kristen
10 years ago

I just got little happy tears in my eyes! So excited for you! Congratulations!

Christy
10 years ago

I am so happy for you guys – I know how much you guys have wanted this and I’m so glad that you found a way to make it all happen. WOOHOO!

Geri
Geri
10 years ago

Wow, congrats Linda! That is exciting news.

Rebecca
Rebecca
10 years ago

Yay! Thrilled for y’all.

Christy
Christy
10 years ago

Holy crap! Such awesome news!! I’m sure you’re busy…nervous…excited, etc. Good luck with everything!

jamie
10 years ago

This is amazing! Welcome to Oregon!