27 May 2011
In the months leading up to the move I had lots of ideas about what America would look like for Team Williams. Boston, Arkansas, our own house, perhaps 2 cars, church life, american rugby, nice weather, new friends, finally close to my side of the family....but never, ever, EVER did any of my thoughts/dreams/plans/ideas good or bad ever mention Tulsa.
I grew up in tulsa. I lived here the year between Spain and Marriage. It is not an awful place but it was a place that I never envisioned for myself. Dont get me wrong, Tulsa has some awesome things like the Blue Dome distric, a pretty decent concert list, Queenies, the Drillers, some great museums and as pictured above, the giant driller. But still, I couldn't wait to get out when I was 18 and I never had the desire ot move back.
Of course, I knew we would be 'moving back' to stay with my parents for a little while as we made the transition from Europe to Northwest Arkansas. But that was it, a transitional place. a free place to stay, hang out with family and then move on.
Except that didn't actually happen. We are not moving on. We are staying right here in Tulsa.
Thats right. Tulsa.
Through a connection from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Rhys got an interview and they loved him. The job was offered to him the same day of the interview and now my (very awesome) husband is working for Tulsa City Council. He has a pretty sweet job. Any job in this climate is great, but one that is actually awesome? Well that is even better. So Tulsa it is.
Funny thing? I am actually excited. Perhaps some of my excitement is that we are finally in the last stages of our dream of having our own place. Or it could be that being close to family is a good thing. I have some dear friends in Tulsa- one of whom made the entire process of moving and staying here actually seem enjoyable (thanks, ally. you're awesome!) My dad can build us a house- just the way i want it. and I know the schools here. I know the area. And it is cheap. Cheap enough that we can save and still travel. Closer enough to go to Arkansas to see dear friends and cheap enough to fly to Boston for J and L.
Yeah, Tulsa is not looking so bad after all....
I feel settled. More peaceful than I have felt in a long time. And now that things are a bit more decided and we have some direction, I can get back to my 'America List.' Similar to my Europe List, but with some more domestic activities like planning E's 2nd birthday and refinishing furniture.
So here's to Tulsa, the new home of Team Williams.