The BIG news

So, remember when I was doing a ton of running trying to figure out that big decision? 


Obviously not pregnant, because that would be a strange way to figure out a baby. 

I was looking for a potential job change. And the opportunity to be closer to family and the Lake. 

So, in September, Scott and I went to Eau Claire, so I could interview. 

And a week later, I was offered the job. 

But life is never simple, right? 

So, we struggled with the decision of trying to decide if moving from Mankato was the right choice at this time. 

First we decided, yes! This would be an awesome opportunity for me and while we would have to move without Scott having a job, it was the right choice. 

Then, we did more thinking. Scott decided that he truly loves his job right now too much to leave it.


Luke has a great school that we love. I love teaching BODYPUMP at the YMCA.


We just built our new house. . . etc. etc. etc. 

109 Sienna Circle

Whew – tough decision, right? Hence ALL the running. . . 

After lots more thinking. . . 

We decided that I can’t turn down this new job offer. It will be a great move for my career, job satisfaction and hopefully be even better for work/life balance – because that’s what it is all about, right? 

But, now isn’t the right time for Scott to leave his current position in Mankato, especially while he doesn’t have a job in Eau Claire.

And we love Mankato but it would be really nice to live in Eau Claire and be closer to my family (both my sisters live there!) and be within 45 minutes of the Lake (vs 3+ hours that it is now).


But, what we don’t know, is if we would love living in Eau Claire as much as we love Mankato.  I went to undergrad there a bazillion years ago and loved the town then.  . . but so much has changed and life is just a little different now than it was when I was in college. Winking smile 

So. . . 

I am moving to Eau Claire with Luke. Scott is going to stay in Mankato. 

I know, right? 

Total craziness. 

Thankfully, we both work 4 days per week, so Luke will still be in school just 3 days per week. Scott will join us in Eau Claire at least 3 days per week (more depending on vacation days). 

This way we will be able to 

#1. Check out the community of Eau Claire – do we like it as much as we think we might? 

#2. I can check out my new job – is it as good as my current one? 

#3. I can find a new BODYPUMP job – of course, that will never compare to the awesome people at the YMCA. .. 

#4. I can be closer to my sisters – and Luke can get extra Aunt Laura and Aunt Jenny time. –> Laura is already planning on come over on Monday nights for The Bachelor. Winking smile

#5. Scott can continue to work while watching for job options in WI. Plus we have the new house to sell. . .

And of course, if at any point, this is negatively impacting Luke, we will change our plans. He will always come first. 


And yes, we (me and Luke) are super excited to be moving to Packer country! Smile 

And Abby will live with me too. Smile  She is my puppy after all. Fun fact – she is from a small town just outside of Eau Claire (Mondovi). 

So, that is the BIG news lately. 

It all starts in February. Wish me (us) luck!!

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!


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39 Responses to The BIG news

  1. Becky @ Olives n Wine

    Yay!! It’s official! I’m so happy for you three (four including Abby!) – I know it was a long process but I think you’re doing the right thing πŸ™‚

  2. Wow!! Such huge news! Congrats on the new job…looking forward to reading all about this new journey!
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  3. Wow, what a decision! I think it’s smart to move there and check out the town before permanently making the leap. Best of luck to you guys!!
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  4. Ahh so crazy! Congratulations on the new job! I think you made a great decision to go slowly before deciding on anything.
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  5. I definitely thought you were pregnant, but man oh man this might be an even bigger change than a baby would be!!! Mankato is an awesome community, but I think it’s great to take this chance and see what happens!
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  6. Kim

    Tough decision, but sounds like a good choice – congrats! I can relate quite well actually, having just started a teaching job this week about 3h away from my husband, house, and hound. It’s only 3.5 days a week though, so I have Fridays off right now, which makes going home for the weekends pretty easy and not super short…won’t be as great when the schedule shifts and I have Tues/Wed/Thurs off…

    Congrats again, enjoy the new position :)!
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  7. Congrats!! I’m sure it’s exciting and stressful at the same time. If you start teaching Body Pump at the Y let me know. I would be willing to drive and take your class.
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  8. Chris

    I am going to miss you as a co-body pump instructor at the Y – a neighbor but I will still have you as a facebook and text friend!

  9. Amy

    Wow, that is a huge decision…… sounds like you and your family are ready! If I were able to buy your home—-I’d put in an offer:) a lot of if’s…..:)

  10. Those are huge changes! Congratulations on the new job! You always seem to put your family first so this decision is obviously well thought out and the situation is one that might be just GREAT (you three will MAKE it great). recently posted..Mini-Running-ReportsMy Profile

  11. Wow! What a huge change! It is wonderful that you are taking advantage of the opportunity and being so smart about it. I can see why you have been running so much to think!
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  12. Wow, this IS big news! I’m sure you’ve given the whole decision much thought, and I bet doing things this way will help you and Scott make the very best long-term decision for your family!
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  13. Hi Katie! Oh my goodness, big decisions. Well, I think you guys have made a very smart plan to figure things out. No, it won’t be easy, but it will surely be worth it to choose the most ideal situation after spending time in each. Best of luck with everything! We’ll be here for you to vent. πŸ™‚ I know how tough moving is!
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  14. Wowsers! That IS big news!!! It sounds like you have come up with a great way to test the waters for everyone and to see what is best for the entire family. Now I wish I could afford to buy your house because it is GORGEOUS! πŸ˜‰
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  15. Wow, girl, that’s huge! Those big life changes can be so difficult to commit to, but they can also be the most rewarding. And I love how you’re testing it out to see if it’s the best for your family πŸ™‚
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  16. Wow, you’ve had a lot on your plate! I’m sure it feels great to have reached a decision after having so many things to consider. Congratulations! So happy for you πŸ™‚
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  17. That is huge news! What a plunge! Good for you.

  18. Wow! That is a huge decision. Congrats on the new job and the positive life changes. πŸ™‚
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  19. Woah…craziness might be an understatement! But congrats on the new job! Change never just seems to be simple and straightforward, huh?
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  20. Oh wow, Katie!! Cngrats! That is big news, and I can only imagine the decision making process with this one. I can’t wait to hear how everything goes!
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  21. Congratulations on the new job! Moving can be very difficult, best of luck!

  22. Lots of luck and good wishes to you, Katie!! I hope you love the job and Eau Claire and that your hubby can find a job there that he’ll love too. Fingers crossed for you!!
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  23. Wow congrats Katie with your new job! A good start of 2015 fantastic. More blessings to you and your family.

  24. So exciting! I’m sending positive thoughts that everything will work out for you, Scott and Luke. I’m sending positive thoughts that you will love your new job, Scott will find a new job he loves too and the house will sell quickly! It will be so nice for you to have family nearby to help. Good luck with the change!
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  25. Congrats! Big exciting changes, sending many positive thoughts your way πŸ™‚
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