The Next Chapter

Have you noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately? That’s because I’ve had to keep somethings under wraps and I’m not good at that at all. But I can finally tell you that the Farleys are beginning a new chapter. And it’s one that’s leaving a little crack in my heart. Early this summer, Justin was contacted by Amazon…and the rest is history. He wasn’t looking for a new job but this one is too good to pass up because well, it’s Amazon and when Amazon calls you listen. The kicker is the job’s in Seattle. And as Ethan just discovered, Seattle is not part of Washington, D.C. It’s across the country in a new, unfamiliar, like nowhere I’ve ever lived in state. Justin starts his job at the end of the summer but the kids and I are staying in Richmond through Christmas and Alex, my rising junior who is not pleased with this plan at all, may be staying here longer as he has fielded offers from just about everyone he knows to live with them for the next year and a half.

I’ve lived in Richmond for seventeen years and it has a big part of my heart. To be exact, some people here are part of my heart. I’ve found soulmates here. People who get me and support my dreams. People who love my kids like their own. People I can’t imagine not seeing every single day. And I’m scared to leave. I don’t want to leave my people behind. I envision myself becoming a hermit, finding a house with a great view of the Puget Sound and writing my life away while I tote kids back and forth to sporting events all while wearing a big hoodie and sunglasses with a sign that says, “I don’t want to be your friend. My friends live in the 2-3-1-1-3.” Our families are all on the East Coast. My mom is in Richmond. My brother is in Pittsburgh. Justin’s family is in Connecticut. Our lives are centered around the Atlantic Ocean.

But, as Justin so eloquently said, life is an adventure(Actually he said lice is an adventure and I got all confused!). Just because this is what we know and are comfortable with doesn’t mean we should ignore this crazy opportunity that the Universe has thrown our way. So we’re heading to the land of mountains and majestic views, Space Needles and ferry rides. Who knows what will go on as we start this next chapter…moving four kids across the country is sure to be filled with stories and stories are what fill my soul so maybe, just maybe, this thing will work out okay.image

3 comments on “The Next Chapter

  1. Valerie Royal on said:

    Welcome to the pacific north WET. No, that is not a typo. I purposely typed WET. It’s wet here and you had better get used to it. Seriously, this part of the country is beautiful and I love living here. I’m in Oregon so we’re practically neighbors. Justin is right. Life is an adventure and hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride.

    I felt compelled to comment because of your son. My parents made a major move the summer after the 11th grade and I was not onboard. I found a way to stay in Arkansas where we were living at the time and finish school. As an adult now looking back on that time, I’m not sure that was a good idea. My opinion is you don’t break up the family. I made a similar move as an adult moving from Arkansas to Alabama after my son finished the 9th grade. You would’ve thought it was the end of the world but he survived and grew from it. AS I told him at the time, life is full of change and you have to learn to deal with it. You will make new friends and you will survive this and you’ll come out the other side even stronger for it. He wasn’t happy but guess what? Mom was right. I wish you and your family all the best and I hope Washington welcomes you with open arms.

    • Julie Farley on said:

      Thanks, Valerie! I love and appreciate your advice so much. I agree…breaking up the family is not a good idea.

  2. my family moved from NH to northern VA the summer before my junior year in high school. I was devastated. I tried not to go, but alas, I was in the family car crying as we drove south… but life opens doors and windows. I will not lie – the adjustment was hard. BUT had I not moved, would I have heard of a college called the University of Richmond? I am positive that my life would have gone in a different direction had we not moved. Yes it was hard, yes it stunk at the time, but I made friends , found great experience and learned to love it. I hope Seattle offers your family the same rewards!

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