Friday, February 13, 2015

Why New Mexico ....

It took a month, but we are finally (pretty much) settled in our new home.  The bedrooms aren't complete and we need a few more pieces of furniture, but those will all come in due time.

I can't believe we are living in New Mexico again.  I have never been happier and truly believe this is where I'm supposed to be.  People have been asking me why we moved back over and over.  The first thing I say to those who ask is we didn't know what we had until it was gone.  The second thing I tell them?  I don't want my child growing up like I did.  This does NOT mean I had a bad upbringing or regret anything about my childhood, teenage years, or early adulthood in the Midwest.  To me, this statement simply means that I want something different for my child.  I am giving him or her an opportunity that I was never given.  An opportunity I never even knew I wanted.  I want them to see culture daily and to be exposed to new experiences I was never able to experience growing up.  I want them to wake up and see the mountains every day, hike in nature every weekend, smell the green chile every fall and the piñon in the winter.  I want to give them a new life, a different life than I had.

There is no doubt I love Michigan and everything it has to offer.  I will visit with my child annually, showing them the house I grew up in, the school I went to, and all my favorite places.  But until then, we will create brand new memories together in this state.  I will be able to give them a life that is not just new to them but new to me.  I will be able to witness a life grow in a new way, different than I am used to.  I hope these memories include all our close family and friends.  I would LOVE for my child to be your tour guide someday.

Check out the pictures of our new place below!

our kitchen and smaller dining area
our dining and sitting area
our tv loft
our backyard