While I wouldn’t say I was unhappy in Texas, after Addie got a little older and I realized how much I was missing by not being with her as much as I’d like, the desire to move became stronger and stronger. Once Vincer retired in 2018, we no longer HAD to be in Texas and I was almost consumed with wanting to move to Missouri. I always believed we’d buy a small house to have as a second home near Chad but I didn’t have much hope of ever moving back to MO. Vince was 100% against moving to a state where we had to pay state income tax and I could see his point. It’s like we’re paying a good chunk just to live in Missouri instead of Texas but I finally convinced him that with property taxes and homeowner’s insurance being way less in MO, and not spending the money on the trips back and forth, along with giving up the apartment in Nevada, MO, and not buying a small home there, it had to be less, or at least close to the same to live in MO. We both enjoyed the peace and quiet of living out in the woods but it was beginning to become a lonely life . . especially with the pandemic and staying home so much.
You know how much I love the house in MO and how much I love being closer to Addie but with Vince being here now and knowing he isn’t going back to Texas, I woke up this morning with a contentment that I haven’t felt in a very long time. I didn’t even realize it was missing til I sat down after breakfast and thought . . I feel different!
The timing was perfect. If we had moved before, we would not have gotten this house; we would not have met Jeremy and Angie; Vince wasn’t ready to move yet so . . it all worked out just as it was supposed to but I was a little impatient and was ready for it to happen several years ago.
I asked Vince last night if he finally decided to move here because he was ready or because he was tired of me being gone and complaining about wanting to be in MO. He said it was probably a little of both but now, he’s very happy about the move. He said leaving Texas, he was somewhat sad about leaving the place behind but said he has no desire to go back and he’ll be much happier here being close to family and closer to things we enjoy doing.
Basically, the move is behind us so now . . we move on to another adventure. I have no idea what it will be but you can bet . . there’s an adventure waiting for us!