Another Big Move

Five years ago we moved from Tucson to Gilbert, Arizona. Two weeks ago, we returned from a summer in Montana. One month from now, we will be making another big move.

There are boxes everywhere. I have already made two huge hauls to the donation center, with more sure to come. As I stack books and wrap glass in paper, my heart pounds and my mind races. I find myself half thrilled with excitement, half heavy with grief.

We’re moving to Texas.

No, Jeff didn’t get a job with the Texas Rangers (everyone’s first question). He is still coaching for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, which means we will be back here for Spring Training. But as a professional coach, he does have a true offseason, and we need a true offseason home.

With the skyrocketing home prices in the Phoenix area, and the fact that my entire family now lives in Arlington, Texas (where prices are much more in our modest range), we have decided to make the move.

And while we haven’t seen the house in person yet (yes you read that right), I both can’t wait to get there, and don’t want to leave.

One thousand miles from our front door lies a house with vaulted wood ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a green-canopied backyard. One thousand miles from here are warm hugs and my parents’ gluten-free kitchen, my grandmother and sister…family.

But here. Here is friends. Here is community. Here is brand new babies who will grow up on on Facebook and Instagram instead of in front of my eyes. Here is five years of rooted living.

So as I take pictures off walls and tuck keepsakes into boxes, I will allow myself to feel all the feelings. And at the end of the day, I will give thanks for the friends who became family, and the fact that Spring Training happens every year.


  • Debra Riedesel September 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Moving is not fun, been there done that many, many times, so thinking of it as an adventure makes it much more exciting. Congratulations to you and your family on getting back what it sounds like home.

    • Alysa September 29, 2015 at 4:36 am

      Thanks, Debra. Here’s to adventure!

  • Kristin @littlemamajama September 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Moving is so hard. Sending wishes for a safe and smooth transition for you and your family.

    • Alysa September 29, 2015 at 4:36 am

      Thank you, Kristin.

  • Ashli Wigington September 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    You guys will be 20 minutes from us. We will have to meet up…I know my Jeff would love to see your Jeff!!!

    • Alysa September 29, 2015 at 4:35 am

      That sounds great!

  • Leigh Kramer September 29, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Oh, wow! I hope the move and ensuing transition goes well.

    • Alysa September 29, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Thanks, Leigh. I know you are still in transition yourself.

  • Alece September 29, 2015 at 12:21 am

    there’s lots of layers to this transition, but my heart is so happy for you for all the good layers! because they are many, and they are *really* good.

    wish i could help you pack those boxes…

    • Alysa September 29, 2015 at 4:34 am

      Thank you. I wish you could be here too. Love you.

  • Bridget September 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I have pretty much lived in the same town since I was born. When I have managed to escape, it’s only been with in a 20 mile radius. Since I was 15 I have wanted to leave this (what I saw at that time as God forsaken) place. It’s not that It’s not beautiful here, I just have a very adventurous spirit. I forget that moving would mean leaving family and friends. In my mind traveling and living (temporarily) abroad, always meant coming back, at least for visits. And meeting an abundance of new friends along the way. Good luck with your move, and I am happy you get to return to be closer to family, but still get to visit your friends once a year. B

  • Emily G October 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    What a sweet post! I am an RD myself and love finding new blogs. Glad that I found this one and looking forward to reading more posts.

    • Alysa October 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Emily! Glad you stopped by.

  • Suzie Lind October 24, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Oh man do I get you right now. We are 3 months into our move from California to Tennessee and although we were going to a new and exciting place and are so happy to be here, the change is not easy and the people are the hardest to leave. Knowing they will always be our people but the relationships inevidably change is tough but there is still so much to savor and enjoy in the midst of all the bittersweetness.