I really can't believe I'm writing this, but after one short year of living in Danville, we are relocating to Fort Wayne, Indiana! My husband has been working in northern Indiana since Spring 2016. We hoped his job would eventually bring him to central Indiana so he could be closer to home, but that never happened. After many conversations and lots of thought, we decided it would be best to put our house on the market and move up north to be with him.
It is bittersweet because we are in love with our house in Danville and enjoy the sweet simplicity of the town, but it's time to move into the next chapter of our lives in another city.
The best part? We'll be together every night!
Of course, I'm excited to explore a different area with new opportunities and meet new people. However, the most important thing to me and for Josh, too, is that we can be together on a regular basis. No more waiting until Friday only to see each other for two, very short days. We'll get to eat dinner together on week nights and sleep in the same bed every night! Okay, so Josh's snoring habit and our two small children may interfere with the sleeping in the same bed every night idea, but you get what I mean! It seems like a foreign way of living but I am yearning to regain our old lifestyle.
Aside from making sweet memories with our family of four, I am also looking ahead to what the future holds for Blissful Transition. It will be a while until I'm working full-time but I would like to jump back into assisting families- ones with babies and young kids, organizing and cleaning needs, and those who would like more support with everyday activities. I have an awesome friend who provides space for Mothers' Circles in Bloomington, and I love this concept. I would really enjoy branching off of this idea and bringing Fort Wayne mamas together to meet up, chat, and learn from one another. I have all sorts of ideas swirling around in my mind and am looking forward to connecting with other colleagues in the area to mingle and collaborate.
With all this being said, I do want to announce that I will no longer be attending births (at least until my children are school-age). I honor those special moments when I was invited to the birthing room with previous clients- I have such fond memories with you all and my heart is very much tied into each and every experience. However, this special type of work no longer fits into my life for practical reasons. I cannot spend long hours away from my little ones, especially in a new city with a husband who works long hours outside of the home.
I've decided not to renew my birth doula certification with DONA. Instead, I will focus my energy on providing families support during the postpartum period and other times of transition. I will continue to hold certification through DONA as a postpartum doula and Lamaze as a childbirth educator. I am excited for new adventures and what the future will bring.
Watch out, Fort Wayne. The Maxwells are coming for you!!