Friday, May 29, 2009

Our Other News

This summer is shaping up to be quite an adventure! The day before we received our referral, we found out that Matt's job is relocating us to Florida. Apparently, the Bouton Family doesn't get to experience one life altering event at a time. ;o) We're grateful that Matt has a job that he loves and that if we have to move, it is to somewhere warm with lots of fun things to do as a family.

We both grew up in Southern California so we are excited about this:

But not so excited about this:

or that we'll be so far from our families. Since we have been married, we have always been in another state but this is going to be different. We won't be a quick 7 hour car ride away from them anymore. We are just going to have to scour the web for cheap flights and learn how to Skype to keep in touch. Hopefully, our families will come for a visit sometime once we get settled.
Another concern is for our Meili girl. Moving before our China trip isn't an option and bringing her home and then packing her up for a cross-country move isn't exactly ideal for attachment and bonding. We'll just have to do our best to keep her routine simple and be the constant in her life through all the transition.
We are firm believers in the saying about it taking a village to raise a child. We have a great village around us right now and we're sad to leave schools that we love, wonderful neighbors, a great church family and some dear friends. We find comfort in remembering that we were new here once too. If we can be half as fortunate in FL as we have been in AZ, we'll be ok.
I'm also going to miss my job. Most of my clients have brought their children home, have finalized their adoptions and are through with the post placement process. There are a few families, however, that are still waiting (Heather, you must by psychic!) and I really wanted to be here to cheer for them as they crossed the finish line. I'm still going to keep in touch!
So, if I'm not blogging too often in the next few weeks/months, you will understand why. We're going to be busy preparing for a new baby, preparing to put our house on the market, for a trip to China, and a big move. Any extra energy that I have will be spent trying to make sure that the kiddos (all FIVE of them!) are doing ok with all of the impending changes.


Mark and Heather said...

What the! We will just have to figure something out. Maybe an early early renewal.

Emily said...

Florida?!? Oh my gosh! What an exciting new adventure for your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Seriously. I can't even imagine how crazy your life must feel right now. Hang in there!

Sherrie said...

Wow Jen! That is like HUGE news. OMG you have your hands full. Hang in there. When will you be moving exactly? WHen does he start his job? My prayers are with you.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

That is HUGE..
but sooo exciting..
Everything will be fine..
Congrats on the big move ..
Next step is the great trip to china...
Are the kids going????
Have a great weekend..

Shannon said...

I am so sad that you guys are moving! What will I do without my China adoption buddy???

We are excited for you guys though. I am sure it will all work out fine!

Let us know what we can do to help you guys!

Dana said...

Exciting, but bummer I was looking forward to having Meili and Meili get to know each other. Wow this is too much like what I was going through only you are moving across the country instead of to the next county. Best of luck in everything. I'll be in touch.


OziMum said...

LOL! I was just talking to a Mum at playgroup this morning about how we all seem to throw ourselves into a hurricane of busyness!!! As if a new baby isn't enough?!!

Florida sounds awesome!

Lisa said...

We will be so sad to see your family go but know that we'll keep in touch!! You cannot lose us!!
Hugs and Best Wishes Always!

Lisa and Rob

Alyson and Ford said...

Hoping all your plans are going well.
Welcome to Florida!
(from a NE FL family)

Alyzabeth's Mommy for Nine Months