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Today I am sharing an update about where we are, and where the Wise family is headed in 2019…   

Brittany and husband on a refreshing hike in the autumn sun

Sometimes I feel like I don’t share enough about our lives over here behind the blog. So this post, it’s a doozy. 

We have BIG news!

no… I’m not pregnant.

Stay with me, this post is jammed pack full of details…

If you haven’t followed us through the years, you may not know Jordan & I’s story. We started dating in our last year at The University of Toledo. Jordan was co-oping (interning) in Charleston, South Carolina.

Then, I graduated and moved to Biloxi, Mississippi at the end of 2008/beginning of 2009.

Brittany and Jordan on their wedding day
Photo By: Elle Photography of Mobile, Alabama

 

Then Jordan graduated from the University of Toledo a year later and moved down with me. We stayed in Biloxi for another year before moving to Daphne, Alabama. In Daphne, we built our first home, got married, and had Aubrey.

Then, we moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Ann Arbor, we built a second home and had Owen.

Now it’s time to continue our adventure…

 

We are moving to Arizona!

Yes! We are packing up our belongings, hopping onto a plane, and moving 2,000 miles west. We plan to live in the North Phoenix area, near Scottsdale. Final location TBD.

The Wise family is moving to Arizona!
Clearly, I didn’t pack in anticipation for a hike…
Jordan and the kids in the desert during our family Thanksgiving trip
Thanksgiving 2018

 

Why Are We Moving?

My mom & stepfather moved to Glendale, Arizona almost 14 years ago, when my twin brothers were in Kindergarten. My aunt followed shortly later. Throughout college, my sister & I visited often.

Brittany's college days at the Fiesta Bowl
College days at The Fiesta Bowl

At least once a week my mom asks “When are you moving out here? It’s a dry heat, Brittany.” And each week, for 14 years, I’ve told her “Not happening ever, MOM.

The first time I ever took Jordan to Arizona was probably the WORST time to take anyone. It was August before college started back up, the A/C’s unexpectedly broke, and we had just started dating. 11 years later, it must’ve been #truelove.

When I graduated from college, I purposely kept my applications open anywhere in the country, to avoid choosing one set of parents over another. I didn’t want to choose mom vs dad.

I chose Biloxi because it was completely neutral.

Then we decided that the Gulf Coast of Alabama was the best! But we didn’t have any family nearby, we were spending every vacation day coming home to see our families.

We both disliked moving away from Alabama, even though it was best for us at the time with a newborn Aubrey. 

But since we moved back to Michigan, I’ve disliked the cold winters and the 6 months where you don’t see sunshine. Jordan & I would’ve moved back to Daphne, Alabama in a heartbeat if we had family nearby to share the days with. 

Last November, the 4 of us were back in Phoenix for a huge Thanksgiving dinner, and I told Jordan, “You, know I think I’m finally ready to move somewhere warmer and with family.

 

Brittany, Jordan, and friends enjoying a date night out

 

Brittany and Jordan are so excited for their family's next steps of moving to Arizona

 

And guys, I love that man. 

He made it happen.

 

So let’s talk about the details. I can only share what I know right now. 

 

The Wise home is going to have to be prepped to sell

 

Our festive Fall front porch with pumpkins and bright flowers

 

What Is Happening To Our Home?

Jordan’s new role is offering full relocation assistance. Since this is our third formal relocation, we are pretty comfortable with the process-– even if it’s a lot of steps to go through!

We will be assigned a realtor soon (there’s that relocation process) and we will list our home! We are crossing our fingers that being relatively new build and in one of the best school districts in the state, it will sell quickly.

Jordan and the kids are ready for takeoff as we fly to Arizona

 

 

When Are We Moving

We plan on moving here in the next 3-5 weeks! I would like to have to have our home listed and have an offer before we move.

But quite honestly, the thought of coordinating 2 new roles (keep reading below), cross country start dates, and 2 kids & a nanny, the thought of keeping our home “showing ready” seems exhausting.

I have no doubt, we will manage it, but it seems like it would be easier to offer showings if we move out.

And Jordan will be in Phoenix really shortly and I want us all to be together as a family as soon as possible.

Life is better in the summer pineapple printable in a simple white frame

 

Where Are You Working?

So this is exciting! Jordan & I both received offers at about the same time, right down the block from each other in Downtown Phoenix! Yay for the HOV lane for those long commutes!

I accepted a role for a healthcare tech startup, Jordan has accepted a role in the Copper & Gold Mining business.

We are both excited to move forward in our careers and how well the timing worked.

 

The kids running around outside in the summer

 

What About Who You Are Leaving Behind?

It wouldn’t be right to not address this. This decision did not come easily.

We’ve spent the past 5 and a half years living 3-4 hours away from our entire family (minus my momma). We never missed a birthday party, tried to catch every single family dinner, even when it meant driving 7-8 hours in a car in one day.

We are leaving Aubrey & Owen’s cousins, our brothers & sisters, and our parents.

We are also leaving behind the best nanny ever, and amazing schools that the kids attend.

This new adventure doesn’t come without a lot of sadness, too. We are grateful that the kids have grown up with their family sorta-nearby. We are thankful that they celebrated their most important birthday parties with everyone close.

If you’re the type to send positive thoughts, send them our way for everyone affected by this transition. 

 

Brittany will continue to keep the Our Home Made Easy blog running during the move

What is Going To Happen With The Blog?

Absolutely nothing! Jordan & I plan on creating lots of content this summer and documenting our move along the way.

I am forever thankful that you stop in and read each week. There are zero plans to slow down now, and quite honestly, expect even bigger things from Our Home Made Easy now more than ever.

 

Our home kitchen with dark wood cabinets and marble counter tops

What’s Next?

I promise to keep you updated on here, Facebook, and Instagram. Please keep us in your thoughts as we shift gears and transition to this new lifestyle.

We’ve chosen a specific community where we would like to focus our house hunting and a child care center for Aubrey & Owen.

Next, we move forward with wrapping up our current roles at work and then starting our new roles in Phoenix, while managing life in Michigan.

We are in the bittersweet, excited, and stressed stage of the transition right now.

Stay tuned my friend!

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4 Comments

  1. Congrats on your move and new jobs/schools in a warmer, dryer climate. I’m new to your blog so still have lots to discover. First article was on board and batten need to know and bathroom remodel. I could NOT believe how similar your bathroom was to the ours that we’re about to remodel. I mean from colors of the walls and floors to what looks like identical mirror and sink. Great tips and inspiration!

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