We've taken a momentous decision... we are leaving our home of the past 11 years and moving to Cincinnati! My husband got a good job offer, one that was really too good to pass up, even though it means my oldest daughter will have to finish her last two years before college in a new high school. (One of the biggest cons of moving, aside from breaking up a lot of social contacts, etc.)
Needless to say, it's going to be a big change for us -- Noora has always lived in our current home, and Saara and Ameera were only a year old when we moved in, so they don't remember living anywhere else. Tasneem is the one who worries me most, as her academic program is going to be broken up in the middle, and she will move away from friends she's known for years and years. I'm sure she will do ok -- her academics are very strong and she is committed to doing well, but she may get awfully lonely. As always, thank god for the Internet and instant messaging; it will make it so much easier to keep in touch with her friends.
Fortunately, we have friends in the Muslim community in Cincinnati, so it's not like we are moving into a totally unfamiliar atmosphere. We also already know where the opera house is, as Saara, Ameera and I went there to see Margaret Garner (a new opera with libretto by Toni Morrison, and which is definitely worth seeing). Also we've been to the zoo, the aquarium, and other attractions. The orienteering club in Cincinnati is also more active than the one in Indiana, so that ought to be a big plus, as well.
Best of all, because I'm a free-lancer, most of my work can come with me. Not all of it, but enough to keep me from being totally workless. Of course, with buying a new house, getting the kids enrolled in school, finding new trumpet, clarinet and flute teachers, a new dojo, and figuring out soccer programs, I may not have much time for writing for some time to come.