You know how when you have big news, but you don’t know how to say it, so you just blurt it out?
My family is moving to Cleveland.
Earlier this year, my husband and I realized that our family needed a change, so we spent much of the last several months researching and trying to decide where that change would take us. Armed with a checklist of qualities we wanted in a community, we honed in on Cleveland.
We visited several weeks ago and were very impressed. Cleveland is a vibrant, learned, welcoming and strongly tzioni community. Other than the weather (I am so not a fan of snow), we could not be more excited about moving there.
There are also a number of fantastic Jewish schools in Cleveland — and yes, our children will be attending one of them. (The decision to stop homeschooling wasn’t easy. But our oldest is entering middle school, and we felt that he needed instruction and influence, especially in terms of kodesh, that we couldn’t provide for him at home long-term. For the sake of family continuity, we decided to enroll all three of our kids in the same school next year. Life is fluid — nothing is etched in stone — but for now, this feels like the right choice for us.)
Despite our excitement, moving is always fraught with mixed emotions. Leaving Kansas City will be difficult for us; we love our friends and community, and my parents live here — so this is going to be tough. Much change is coming and I hope my family peacefully weathers those adjustments together.
The next month or two will be quite hectic for me, but I am going to do my best to keep a semi-regular schedule with blogging. I just ask for your forgiveness in advance for any lags — including in my ability to respond promptly to comments and emails.
Sooooo…. who lives in Cleveland? I’d love to hear from you!
Photo Credit: Wikipedia