I was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland. I always thought that I would live on the East Coast. The thought never crossed my mind that I would live anywhere else until the hubby accepted a job offer in the Midwest.
I remember very distinctly how the job was offered. My daughter and I had just gotten back from the store and there was a message on the answering machine. The message said, "you have been offered a job and have 24 hours to make your decision." My daughter who was 5 at the time started crying saying, "I don't want to move!" I called the hubby at work and he didn't believe me. The job was too good to pass up, so he decided to accept the offer.
Cathy is a homemaker/wife and also mom to a second grade son with special needs, a teenage daughter and a stepmom to an adult son. Originally from the East Coast, Cathy has lived in the Midwest for close to a decade. She hopes to use her life experiences to help and inspire others and to put a smile on their face if only just for a moment!
Things went into overdrive once we decided to move. We had to put our house on the market and look for a new house. My husband and I hopped on a plane and flew out to look for a house the weekend of Veterans Day 2001. We went around with a real estate agent and looked at 25 houses within the course of three days. Luckily our house in Maryland sold in 10 days.
We moved here a few weeks before Christmas 2001. Most of January of 2002, I remember wanting to get back in the car and drive back to Maryland!!
I'm really not someone that adapts to change very well. After a few months I started getting involved at my daughter's school and the local church. I literally would walk up to somebody and say, "Hi, I'm Cathy and I just moved here." I really had to push myself out of my "comfort" zone. I have found the people in the Midwest to be very friendly and very welcoming.
We just passed our 10-year anniversary of living here. It's hard to be away from my friends and family back on the East Coast, but I really feel like the Midwest is now my home!! I see myself living in this part of the country for a long, long time.
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