Way back, in the first month of 2005, I gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.
He was healthy. He was joyful. And his birth marked a whole new chapter in my life.
For the first time since I’d reached adulthood, I was not working outside of the home.
The bank I’d worked at was generous with their paid leave, by U.S. standards, and provided eight weeks paid maternity leave.
I knew I wanted more.
As our bond with our precious son grew ever stronger, my husband and I also realized something else– we craved family. Extended family. Though we had lived many, many states away from our parents and siblings from the time we’d turned 18, we suddenly felt compelled to be nearer to them. There was something about having a baby of our own that made us want to realign those branches of the family tree.
We had a choice to make–
- We could stay where we were in our pretty Virginia home. I could stay home with him, but we were far from family.
- We could move back to my home state of Connecticut. It was beautiful and my parents and sister were there, but it was super pricey and I’d have to go back to work.
- Or, we could move to Indiana. We’d be near his sisters and parents and we could easily make it on just his salary.
When we learned his dad was battling stage 4 lung cancer, the best choice became readily apparent.
And moving to Indiana became the dream. It became my fondest wish.
When our son was four months old, we packed up and moved halfway across the country.
Two months later, we learned we were expecting our second child and said goodbye to my father-in-law, all in the space of a couple days.
When people ask me how I liked Indiana, my emotional response is so strong. If I’m honest, I’ll tell you that those were lonely years for me. I lived out in the country in an old farmhouse, pregnant, while caring for an infant. Being land-locked challenged me. I never did take to 4-wheeling or mudding or even camping, for that matter.
But those years are precious to me. There, I had my last sweet weeks with my beloved father-in-law. I learned to garden. I birthed two daughters. I found my voice and shared it with the world over a dial-up internet connection.
Sometimes, places become wishes.
And, if we’re some of the lucky ones… those wishes come true. And leave memories in our hearts forever.
Do you have a place that holds a special place in your heart? Is it where you grew up, somewhere you love to visit, a dream vacation? Well, guess what?
Cents of Style has the perfect necklace to keep those places close to your heart!!
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This necklace is a lovely, easy-to-wear length and layers beautifully, making it a super on-trend accessory. If you decide to add it to your jewelry wardrobe, I’d love to know which state you chose and why! Tell me your stories in the comments, friends…