There's No Place Like Home

02 June 2018


Time to make it e-official (efficial?) and tell you fine folks that we are loading up and moving back up to Kansas in a few weeks!! When we left Wichita two years into our marriage for Simon to start his residency we were so sad to leave Simon's family and the wonderful community behind. So! It's been fun envisioning life with a few more kids in tow back in the neighborhood close to Simon's dad, his sisters and their families, Simon's grandma and cousins GALORE. I'm even working on some of my family to throw on their ruby reds and join the fun so we'll see! I'm hopeful! The kids are ecstatic and we're excited to be in such close proximity to SO MUCH family once again.

I would be remiss in not saying how bittersweet it is to leave our wonderful friends here in Tampa. We've met some wonderful people who feel like family and will be hard to say goodbye to but I have a sneaking suspicion they'll be itching to get up to the likes of Wichita sooner rather than later. Maybe in mid-February? Sarcastic font - where you at.

I'm so proud of Simon for finishing his fellowship (ahem - in a few weeks but close enough!) and am excited for him to start doing what he's been training the past seven or could we count med school and say eleven? years to do. He's going to want me to delete this paragraph but here it stays because he's a rockstar in the most figurative sense of the word.

The above photo was taken not quite nine years ago after we'd packed up our respective and tiny apartments in Kansas City and were headed to Wichita shortly before we got married. We really committed with the digital camera in the grass + self timer trick. You're welcome - future blogger Grace.

And here's where I tell you that the blogging chapter of our lives is coming to a close ....

NOT.

It's not. Not yet! You won't get rid of me that easily, dear readers.

So cheers to the next chapter. Have a drink or three "with" us tonight!

Onward and upward (literally)!!

16 comments:

  1. Ah so happy for you! I was wondering if you had found out where you would be going yet. I'm happy it's somewhere close to family! Congratulations to Simon!

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  2. We are just south of Wichita! We love it here! So glad you’re coming back.

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  3. Congrats it’s so exciting to see you guys grow as a family and professionally. Being close to family is the best. Wish you nothing but the best and many blessings!

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  4. Congrats for you guys! Big change - hope everything goes as smooth and delicious as butter.

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  5. Woo hoo!! Congratulations ��������

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  6. There’s nothing quite like being near family!! Good luck on the move!!

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  7. What exciting news! Congratulations to Simon and your whole family. I love your blog; you're a fantastic writer and sharer :) cheers from a mountaintop in WV!

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  8. Yay for heading back to family and the promised land that is Wichita! Also, got to love the tuition-free Catholic schooling :) So happy for you all! I’m currrenty 2/6 years into my residency and we have a count down until when we can get back to Wichita. Congrats!

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  9. Keep blogging! You are gifted with words. You’re smart and witty and posts don’t feel “forced to be funny.” Posts don’t have to be earth-shattering all the time. We, readers, like following your fam life, likes and new shopping finds — and soon (not too soon!) winter gear! Congrats Simon! Congrats to the whole fam.

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  10. Sounds like a great move for you guys - congrats!!!

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  11. I’ve been waiting for your announcement and wondering!!

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  12. So awesome!! I can’t believe it’s been that long and fellowship is over. Great job Simon and great job Patton family! Wishing you the best. And please don’t stop writing... remember that time you tried that? Around the time I was also going through a break up? And then I got a puppy and named it Patton? (Ok, that just got to be too much- break up emotions anyone?! But really. I did get a puppy and named him Patton, he’s almost four and also hopes you don’t stop writing soon... but maybe he needs a sister?) anyway! Best wishes!

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  13. We moved right after we got married, from our hometown of Savannah, GA. We lived up north and Midwest for 9 years as well, and after fellowship... we FINALLY made it back down to GA. When we drove through Atlanta, with all of the kids (4 at the time), I cried. It felt SO good to come “home.” My family moved to be even closer to us. Finishing residency and fellowship was so exciting! Congrats!!

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  14. Kansas is THE best! Wichita-girl here who loves reading your blog <3

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  15. Congratulations! It's always so nice to be closer to family!

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