The whole grad school she-bang started back 4 years ago when the hubby (at that time fiancé) was trying to apply to grad school while in China. I (being the loving fiancé) ended up dealing with all the paper work and follow up phone calls. A couple months after the hubs returned from China he received a letter of acceptance to Rutgers University. I ordered Rutgers shirts, decorated the apartment with lots of black and red balloons, and made a celebration dinner. At that moment we had know idea what we really were getting ourselves into. A couple of months later - after our wedding, honeymoon and spending lots of time with family, we packed up our car and took one big giant leap to the East Coast. I remember being carefree and enjoying the journey. I never thought about how we were going to make it financially or when I was going to get a job. I just trusted that everything would fall into place, and it did.
One of my favorite memories that I have is when we first pulled into our parking spot in front of our house. Things started to sink in and become real at that moment. After calling our neighbor to let us in we toured the whole house. We walked into our new bedroom and I sat on the window seat and looked at Bear and started crying. He looked at me and held me tight and told me that as long as we have each other we would be okay.
And those words have never been truer. Almost three years have passed and we have experienced the ups and downs of grad school, jobs, the east coast attitude, and living away from family. We have had so many awesome adventures and have been able to visit some great places. As we close this chapter of our lives and start planning our move back to my home state, I am feeling so many mixed emotions. I am so excited what the next couple years will bring and thrilled to be back home among family. But I am a little sad about moving away from our house and the way of life here on the east (I never thought I would say that). The hubby and I don’t know where the next 5 years will take us. But as long as we have each other we will be just fine.