Saying Good-bye to Indiana

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Moving Day is quickly approaching, less than one month.  I remember when my husband told me that we were going to Purdue for him to attend grad school. I had to pull out a map and was shocked that we were moving to Indiana! I remember the first day we pulled into town.  We drove by the sorority/fraternity houses along River Road in West Lafayette and pulled into this tiny town.  I felt so far away from the city.  Little did I realize how much I would come to love this town.

I have had friends ask me "Are you ready yet?"  That is a loaded question for me. 
Are we ready with regard to the actual move? Plans are slowly falling into place, like housing, address changes, signing stuff, getting boxes, packing boxes, and so on. We are getting there. 

Am I emotionally ready? Not one bit and I don't think I will be when the day gets here.  I got home from one of my last Indiana photo sessions last night with a family that has stuck with me from the very beginning of starting my business. I got in my van and yes, I started to cry (thankfully, my sister called shortly after and was able to take my mind off of it). This isn't the first time it has happened. It has happened with several of my other clients recently who keep coming back to me every year.  It makes me sad to think that I will not see them again. I feel like my clients have become my friends and I get excited ever year when I get the opportunity to photograph your family and your kids and catch up!  

It isn't just because of my photography business friends that I have made, but my close friends that I have made while living here.  I have great friends all across the country (Indiana, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Idaho, I name these states I hope you know who you are!). I've had a lot of changes happen in my life here in Indiana. We've gone through some semi-hard stuff while living here and I have wonderful friends that helped out when we needed it the most. I have made great friends and I am super sad to leave them.  We've done road trips, girls nights, babysat each others kids, watched each other have several babies, cried with each other, taught each other new things, watched our husbands be silly boys, helped each other during trying times, play groups, and I could just keep going.  It is really hard to leave my friends, but I know that we all have to move on and eventually most of them won't live here anymore either.  Another reason is that my babies were born here in Indiana!  This is their home. Now I don't want to live in an apartment forever but this is where they learned to walk (well my oldest, my youngest is just starting to crawl), climb the stairs, do gardening on our deck, my oldest made her first friends, and since I stay at home with the girls, I have a sense of respect for the home that we are raising our children in. It is really difficult to move away from everything that I hold so close to my heart.

The saying goes "Home is Where the Heart Is." Well what if your heart is in many different places? Generally, I have always said Texas (and then when appropriate added that I've also lived in Utah, California, and New York), but I think I'm going to start saying Indiana.  I think my heart is going to be in Indiana for a while longer because it has become my immediate family's home.
I love Indiana! I will miss all of you! I will not miss the tornado sirens though! :)
If anyone ever really wants me to do a session for them and fly me back to Indiana, I would gladly accept your offer! 

Pennsylvania we will see you in August and even though I am sad to leave Indiana, I look forward to our adventures awaiting us!


  1. I have felt the anxieties you have felt. My heart is still in Indiana, and a piece of it will always be there. But pieces of my heart have gone with all the people that made Indiana so special to me during my 6 years there. I'm sure you feel the same. I wish you all the best, Heidi!

  2. Thanks ladies! I will miss y'all too!