For anyone who follows along on instagram you can see we moved…again. Still in the Adirondacks, but into a new home. In 2015, we moved to the Adirondacks with anticipated housing. However, things have not gone as planned and here we are in our fourth house in less than three years. And even this placement is not exactly permanent. I am not going to lie – this is a major stress in our life, but when I am feeling my best self –  I breathe and accept this journey for what it is. Each move so far has provided a ton of stress, but also so many moments of fun and joy. I do not want to sugar coat this and act like we (I) do not have have moments of meltdown, moments where I am so overwhelmed with our lack of “structure” I cannot breath. Moments where I go down a deep rabbit hole wondering how all this moving will affect our kids in the future. Then there are moments (usually during the brief part of the day where everyone is happy and no one is whining/screaming/hurt/hungry/bored, etc) where I am so grateful for this season of our life.



Prior to moving to the Adirondacks, I whole heartedly was a city person. I lived in NYC as a young, single teacher before moving to an awesome part of Nashville on a whim. I love walking places, new restaurants, an abundance of events and classes and people. I love the diversity of people and the hustle of life. Living a rural mountain life was never on my radar. I will be honest, it wasn’t even on my vacation list. However, I have to admit that pre-kids Dominique and I were playing a fun game in our old loft talking about 3/5/10 year goals. I can actually picture where we were sitting and the excitement of thinking about the “future”.  I told Dominique I would move to one “insane” place for a few years in order for him to pursue his goals. One. I suppose he has cashed in on that.

With all that said, I have taken and continue to learn so much from this adventure. My kids – while they think of houses as brief stopping points and talk about packing as if it is a normal occurrence – love their life. They are constantly outdoors riding bikes, making messes and being kids. It does not matter the temperature, if it is raining/snowing/sunny/hot/cold they will be outside. My kids (and me) love that every event we do go to – we are certain to run into people we know. People we love. Things that were “extra” before are now our normal – from going for a hike, to swimming in the lake, and taking out the canoes to snowshoeing or riding bikes on the trails.

All of this and more are things that make so much of this chaos – worth it. I do not know where we will land in the future (near or far), but for now we are back on campus, in a home (peace out dorm life) and making the most of this journey. Even if at times the journey is infused with stressed out meltdowns and anxiety about whats next.


2 thoughts on “Nomads

  1. Moving isn’t easy but kids are a lot more flexible than you think they can possibly be. My husband and I moved 13 times in the first 10 years of our marriage. Now we’ve been in this same house for almost 40 years. Be careful to wish for too much permanence, since you might end up staying here like we did. I never thought I would be still teaching at Paul Smith’s all these years! Enjoy it as much as you can. The kids really will remain unscathed.

  2. Take it from an “old-timer”… From the time my daughter was born, we moved eight times. First, out of Brooklyn to a farmhouse bordering a nature conservancy along the Appalachian Trail. Later, an unexpected turn in life brought us to a rustic log cabin (with a loft) in the Adirondack Mountains (Crown Point). Circumstances improved and we moved to a 1940’s log home (with an attic). By the time I found, and fell in love with, this part of the Adirondacks, she had moved to Puerto Rico to immerse in her family and cultural roots there. When she returned a few years later, it was to this place. Which she too loves, and where, with her husband and children, (and Nana next door), we live as a family. Do I think our moves had an adverse effect? No. Because we were always growing as a family and as individuals, with love and a sufficient amount of acceptance to get us through the rough patches.

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