For all those who have followed our saga in Ohio: Our plans have changed.
The new point of interest is Virginia.
We came to the peaceful, certain understanding that our responsibility to my parents in this season of life is top priority. My mother’s health has not improved after four years of battling cancer. While there is no official prognosis, I want to make sure I am fulfilling my daughterly role by living close to her and my father. I have the least “entanglements” of my other siblings like children or mortgages.
It was bittersweet telling our Farm Friends that we could not move to their place this winter or spring. They kept the door open to us, for whenever we are free to venture northwards again. I like having the comfort knowing an old farmhouse tucked away in the hills is inviting us in.
Our new focus will be to move at the end of May to Roanoke, Virginia. I finished my undergrad degree in that area. An older brother lives not too far away in mid-state. The job prospects for Jeff are better in Virginia than in Oklahoma. The natural beauty is incredible; the people are unfailingly kind. One other positive outlook is the local food economy is rather strong. I eagerly await the first peaches, apples, plums, eggs, milk, and all other locavore goodness the Blue Ridge mountains have to offer.
We will do well there. Pray for us.