6.18.2011

more about moving

We will be in Iowa City for the next five years.

Joe has a friend in Iowa who told him about a job opening in his Urology program, and since Joe is unhappy with his program here he was super interested but left the choice up to me.  Initially I said no since I have a very happy and full life here, but then I got my act together and actually thought about Joe.  He does not have a happy and full life here.  All he does is work, and he doesn't particularly care for the place he works and feels like he isn't learning as much as he could.  (He scrambled into the program here in the first place, and it wasn't really what he would have chosen otherwise.)  I want us to have a happy and full life together I realized.  Iowa gives us that chance.  They have an excellent program.  We went through months of agony over the process because once we'd made the decision to go for it we had no idea if he'd even get the job since there were quite a few applicants.  We had no clue what our future would be.  He sent an application and we waited, then he had an interview and we waited some more.  Finally he was offered the job, and we felt such excitement mixed with "what the hell are we doing?!"  

We went out there for a trip to apartment hunt, and yes, I visited Anna Allen, who is 30 minutes away (but is sadly moving away soon, boo).  More on that another time, including photos.  We found a 3 bedroom house to rent that is a FOUR MINUTE walk to the hospital!!!  Oh joy of joys, you don't know what this means for our lives!  Home call for Joe, instead of spending nights at the hospital.  We will be on a normal schedule from now on.  No crazy weeks of working at night and sleeping during the day.  Just regular work days with one night of being on call at home per weekend.  And the year after this Joe will have a year off for writing research papers, which means we can live abroad or try to have a kid or at least something awesome that we didn't have the opportunity to do before.

This is a wonderful, happy thing.  We are overjoyed for this opportunity and feel so lucky.  Iowa City is very cute, and I'm sure we'll feel at home there.  However, right now all of this is mixed together with stress over moving and sadness at leaving my friends and life here.  It's a complicated mix of feelings, there's no black and white.  After the last move I've become more comfortable with change, but the adjustment will still be a bit rough at first I'm sure.  Moving is never easy, is it?  I'm terrible at saying goodbyes and feel pretty emotional at leaving all I've built for myself here.  All in all, the last two years have been a magical time in my life and I feel grateful to have had the experience.  But I think I'm starting to feel ready to embrace the good and bad that comes with this change in our lives.

So look out, Iowa.  I already have plans for you.  I've been there exactly twice and only know two people there, so I'm not totally sure what to expect.  However, I'm already looking forward to: buying a hammock for the yard and slowing down my pace, planting a garden, spending Saturdays at the library, attending football games in the fall, going to the farmer's markets and cooking dinner every night instead of takeout, decorating the house, taking ceramics classes at the university.

Now all I have to do is pack.  We are leaving in one week and I've been too busy to even start!  Wish me luck.

105 comments:

sandra said...

Jenny, I wish both of you the best of luck! I love to read about how positive you are to this change. It's inspiring and I'm so glad you've found a home that feels right.

SuzyE said...

Congratulations I am sure that this will be a good move for you both. I have to say how much I admire the way you look on the positive side of life. I find it rather inspiring! Best of luck.

Katie said...

What exciting news.. all the best for your big adventure!
I'm sure it will be a wonderful change..

Kelly and Kelly said...

good luck with your move! we have family in Iowa City and it is a great little town. I hope you guys settle in there and enjoy it.

Heba said...

good luck !!

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joyce said...

i have a special fondness for iowa city even though i've only been there while driving cross-country to my own "are we crazy?" destination of cincinnati. it was sunny and beautiful and really green. plus being so close to major university has its perks, esp. when it comes to cultural events and food. good luck, jenny!

ashima said...

good heart you got in there. best of.... to you.

draoupads said...

Wish you the best luck and endless happiness! Indeed, moving is a hard thing to do, I also having the same isu now, so wish me luck too :)

The Love Bells said...

Good luck to you! Sometimes the hardest choices end up being the most rewarding. I hope that is the case for you.

Jennifer said...

Wow, Jenny! What a whirlwind you and Joe are in right now, but a very exciting one. I wish you both all the best in your new home and new city. How wonderful that Joe can start to have a life outside of work again, and that the two of you can see each other for more than a few hours a week. Congratulations, and best of luck to you both--I can't wait to read your posts from your new home!

Miss Natalie said...

Wow! What a big move--thanks for sharing your thoughts on it with us all. My husband and I did a big move recently (Oakland to Austin), and had to say goodbye to a city we loved and very dear friends. But, we found so much new opportunity and lots of interesting folks here in our new town.

My best advice is to be easy on yourself during the transition--it takes time to settle in to a new scene and meet new people. The first year is hard, no doubt about it. But, it's also exciting to shake things up and see what a new landscape will do to your creative world. New influences, a slowed down pace, and more time to think--exciting. I wish you and Joe the best of luck with the move and in Iowa City. Keep us all posted about the journey. We're rooting for you guys!

Jessica said...

How exciting -- best of luck to you! I'm sure you'll find wonderful opportunities there that you never anticipated.

natalie said...

jenny, i just made a really difficult move to arkansas so i can very much relate with the mixed feelings of transition & change. some of the advice that my friends gave me has really helped... no. 1- allow yourself to feel all of your emotions. if you are sad, feel sad. happy? jump for joy! no. 2- say 'yes' to anything & everyone (unless they are creepy). making connections makes a place feel more like 'home' & you never know where you will meet your new friend. good luck to you!

valerie said...

jenny, i'm really excited for you guys. too bad we only ran into one another a handful of times while you've been in brooklyn! good luck with the move--i can't wait to read about your new life in iowa. honestly, it sounds like exactly what i've been wanting lately.

Amy said...

Iowa is awesome (and this is coming from a Minnesotan). The Iowa Writer's Workshop is based in Iowa City, and the city loves the arts, so even though it's not on par with NYC, there is a strong creative community to welcome you. And you can always go up to Minneapolis or over to Chicago for visits.

máni said...

wow! big changes ahead! i wish you best of luck for everything and i'm already curious about your new home and life.

Barbara said...

I had wondered being a follower of both your and Anna's blog if we would get to see some kind of collaboration between the two of you.
Best of luck to both of you on your move!

nicole said...

How wonderful for you and Joe. Making a new place "home" can be a bit difficult at first, but I have no doubt with your creativity, warmth, and curiosity, you will settle in in no time and find all the best that Iowa has to offer. Good luck with the move.

Mortadella said...

What a wonderful, honest post. Thank you for sharing. Don't forget that long-distance friends are still friends. Your fans are excited about what Iowa city will mean for your work.

Best wishes & Good luck!

Mary said...

best of luck Jenny. I love to visit your blog. thanks for keeping us in the know. curiosity was killing me! we and several of our friends are about to move/thinking of moving too albeit from london to elsewhere. i guess it's similar in that moving from a big cosmopolitan city to an inevitably smaller place can make one nervous! but change is what life is all about. i wish you well and hope i'll be so brave and positive when the time comes for me too! good luck!

Lara said...

This sounds like really great news for you and Joe. I know it has to be hard for you to leave your beautiful studio and friends, but it looks like you will have many great adventures in your new home. Best wishes!

Efrat Deutsch Jewelry Design said...

Thank you for sharing Jenny. It sounds like you and joe will have more balance in your everyday life and that's great! Congratulation and I wish you wonderful and happy things in Lowa City.

jamie cassell said...

Wishing you much luck!
I've been reading your blog for years and have been increasingly inspired by your craft and hardwork. I'm about to move with my boyfriend from Roanoke, VA to Charlotte, NC for his music career, so I feel you on that. Can't wait to hear about your midwestern adventures!

M said...

Good luck. We Are actually in the midst of moving ourselves.....5 days until the moving truck comes and tales un right across the country.... I find myself all emotional and teary. I am super-excited about the move but it is so hard to say goodbye and to get a sense of closure. I wish you the best in Iowa and I am pretty sure the creative community there will instantly recognise your talents :) And at least the online shop is rast to 'move' to Iowa ;)

romaine said...

Wishing you much luck with your move! I am sure you'll rock it in Iowa city but so understand your sadness. One could see how wonderful your friends and inspiration were in Brooklyn. Your attitude is wonderful and like anther commenter said, I also find inspiring. Best to you!

Laía Argüelles said...

Moving is never easy and it takes courage but one has to be brave enough, since only those challenges bring rewards. Best of luck for you two!

Lindsay said...

Jenny, thanks so much for sharing this. I started reading this post purely out of interest for your next steps, but your message of sharing "a happy and full life together" was such a timely and thoughtful reminder for my own career/life balance right now. Echoing others, your attitude and ability to see the bigger picture is very inspiring. Good luck with everything!

Ann said...

I'm so happy for you and Joe, as it sounds like you both will have more time to spend together, and be more relaxed. I know it's hard to move, but it's also an adventure. Good luck! And watch out, Iowa!

katie f said...

wow jenny! way to take on this new challenge with two feet forward! happy packing and happy goodbyes... remember they're never forever! looking forward to reading and seeing your new space :)

mari said...

Hey Jenny!
How life is funny sometimes...I´m just in a similar situation. Living in a city I like, feeling like I have the best job situation ever, friends, family, but my boyfriend doesn´t seem to find his place. We´re now talking about moving from Norway to France, where he comes from, closer to his family. I´m trying to pull myself together as you wrote, also wanting to create a good life for the both of us. And I´m having the same thougts as you, back and forth, no black and white, scared and curious at the same time. Confusing, but still clear.
I just wanted to leave you a note, thinking that I came to read your post minutes after having a painful discussion. It does good to read about someone in a similar situation. It´s inspiring, so thank you for sharing. And good luck to you.

All the best,
Mari

Flora said...

Thank you for taking the time to explain! Your story is lovely and I'm sure marvelous things are just waiting for you, wherever. Best of luck with packing, saying goodbye and moving, then saying hello and settling down. Moving too, to Paris in the summer, but the scale is not the same :) Have a happy week-end!

homeseed said...

wow!! i hope packing/moving go super swell.

you'll be closer to chicago, and if you plan any city trips we could get together :)

abby said...

I really appreciated hearing your outlook here. It's so true how nothing is black and white. There are always amazing aspects to glean from any situation, and there are always challenges. The fact that you chose "us" instead of "me" made me really smile, and think about my own relationship. There are so many ways to approach life, and if you know what's really important in the long run - everything else falls into place. And the change of pace sounds excellent!

JAIME RUGH said...

All of those things you say- the garden, the library, the football games, are wonderful and will enrich your new home- and life. Starting again can be amazing experience. As a former city girl, I'm loving a slower paced life. It takes time but just think how lucky we are to live so many little lives within the big one- best wishes.

...................... said...

The best of luck! You deserve it!!! All the best in your new life!

stockholm said...

I wish you the best of luck! I'm a MD myself, and I have seen so many people being completely burnt out in residency, so I am absolutely sure this is the right choice to make as a couple.

Judi said...

Yours is the first blog I ever read and I've been following it for some time now, from Kansas to Brooklyn and now to Iowa! I wish you and your husband the best of luck!

Judi said...

Yours is the first blog I ever read and I've been following it for some time now, from Kansas to Brooklyn and now to Iowa! I wish you and your husband the best of luck!

b.a. said...

jenny, if you need any iowa friends--i will be your friend! :) iowa is a wonderful place and i think you guys will grow to love it.

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

good for you. I am excited for you, and looking forward to some glimpses of a lovely life in Iowa City! wishing you the best, xox sharilyn

leFiligree said...

i agree--your approach is inspiring. i believe you will continue to find inspiration wherever you are :) good luck with the move.

Kate Smithson said...

i have lots of friends from IC they LOVE it. you will have fun!

Jenna said...

jenny, a very big congratulations to you and joe. i think you're a very brave and also compassionate person to do this for him, and i know that you'll have a wonderful time in iowa. i'm moving out of the country in a few short weeks, and so i know a little of what you're going through. it's bittersweet, though. it's a new chapter, and sometimes, i think we all need and deserve one. i wish you nothing but good luck! xo.

k. wang said...

this is such a great, heartfelt post, and i could not be happier for you both. it's also funny that you mention more cooking as i've noticed there had been a lot less food-related posts in some time...hopefully this means more happy cooking and less happy takeout! :D

best of luck, the house sounds like an amazing score, and i hope this is the launchpad you guys deserve to most onto the next phase of your life (kids, eek!).

Suzy said...

I am selfishly sad to hear you're leaving Brooklyn, as I've loved seeing the city through your eyes. But it sounds like the move to Iowa will be a great for the two of you.
And a Wikstenmade baby would be just too cute.

Krisalis said...

Hi there, I started reading your blog while you still lived in the Midwest. I live in Lawrence, Kansas, and was interested to read about someone who is also interested in design in this area. When you moved to New York City, I could experience parts of the big city without having to make that change myself.

My older sister has lived in Iowa City, for the last 4 years and she loved how similar it is to Lawrence. The houses on Summit St. are fun to walk past and imagine having those wonderful large screened in porches for yourself. It is walkable and bikable, and the people are friendly. One of my favorite thrift stores EVER is located in Iowa City and I always make a stop there when I visit my sister. It is called Crowded Closet and I'm sure you would bump into it sooner or later. I love it so much because it is run by friendly mennonites, they have an awesome antique goods section that isn't as expensive as an antique store, but the very best part is that they have a sewing and craft section. They sell cut pieces of unused fabric that are usually 1-5 yards, but they also have entire bolts of fabric that sell for 1-2 dollars per yard. There are patterns, quilt supplies, buttons, trims and notions that are usually vintage and very cheap! I have always wished that I had a thrift store like that in Lawrence, because I never think of buying buttons or zippers until I am in the middle of a project, and need to find just the perfect ones.
Next time I am in Iowa City I will keep a look out for Wikstenmade :-)

Olga said...

I can see how you are hesitant about leaving NY for Iowa (especially with leaving so many good friends behind), but in comparison to being able to see your husband on a "normal" schedule, it's not such a huge sacrifice. From your blog posts, it sounds like you guys already have a great relationship, so it's going to be even better once you are able to actually spend a decent amount of time enjoying each other's company. Besides, I've heard that Iowa City is actually pretty cool (my husband went to college there), so I am sure you'll be able to make the best of it. Besides, the prospect of Joe having a year off and traveling??? Total bonus and something to look forward to! Best of luck to you both with the move, and look forward to hearing about your transition.

schorlemädchen said...

Jenny, it is so good to read how positive you are about the move. I know how it is to leave back family and friends and step out of a nice, loving comfort zone. I did the same last year with moving to Sydney and not really knowing anyone..or having a job...but I also had so many plans, like attending classes etc. like you have..it will be wonderful...I wish you all the best luck

f9 said...

yay Iowa City! I just moved here from Brooklyn with my husband last summer so that I could go to the Workshop. If you need any insider info on dear ol Ioway, do let me know! xx lesley

Samantha said...

Best of luck to the both of you! My husband and I did a similar move last year, motivated primarily by me and how miserable I was in that city. It felt so wonderful to have such a supportive and considerate partner, so this post warmed my little heart!

I've been reading your blog for a while and I know you'll make Iowa City a really great experience. Best of luck again!

Regina said...

Great decision, even though a tough one. His love for you shines through in letting you decide. Pretty cool! And same for you in respecting him and choosing what is best for his future - which is ultimately yours together. No matter how hard it is always worth it to put him first. Not easy, but it is what helps make your marriage work and last and grow. I know I have to keep that in mind during the times when struggling with the new changes that follow decisions that put my husbands needs and desires above my own.

amy h said...

Good luck with your latest move! And, yes, do try some ceramics classes. They are such fun.

Jimin[jee-min] said...

congrats & good luck to you.

Tracey said...

Wow, that's a big change and quite a quick one ... best of luck packing and with the move. I'm sure Iowa will treat you both wonderfully well! :)

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LUCK! :)

in dreams said...

congratulations to joe for the awesome opportunity gained, and congrats to you for being an awesome partner and making a not-so-fun decision. i know you will be able to make home wherever it is that you both are. good luck with the move! :)

Grace Soh Ziwei said...

After moving from Australia, then back to singapore, I learn that between the friends I made in australia, and the ones I have here in Singapore, it's never good bye - it's till we meet again.

I am sure that will be what you have between you and your Brooklyn pals.

Shirley said...

lady, you do not need luck. i think you have oodles of that already! however, packing IS an ordeal so i shall wish you luck for that endeavor. as for everything else, i'm so excited for you and hope it is all that you envision it to be. and much much more!

Lisa said...

Good for you --- It takes a LOT of balls to give up your happy & fulfilling situation, for your spouse! I know because my husband just did it for me, and it means the world.

Good luck with everything! Already looking forward to how you decorate your new house. :)

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suewan said...

Jenny, Consider yourself lucky that it is the two of you and you have a wonderful person in your life to share it with. I think you know that already. Moving is always hard but you made the right decision for both of you and it sounds like there might be opportunities for you! Like having a child...I love being a mum more than anything and made huge changes in my life for my son...best of luck.

ricker said...

It was nice getting a chance to work with you at your tova top class. I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to hang out while you were here. Best of luck to you!

erin said...

good luck on your new adventure! my husband and i moved from a big city to a small city 2 years ago. it took some time to get used to, but it's been a wonderful experience so far. i know you'll make the most of it!

sarah said...

Jenny

Your post really resonates with me. My partner has worked long hours, usually late at night, for many years. I think couples can cope with this situation for a short while but in the end if you never have time to enjoy your life together then what is the point. I realised this the hard way last year when it all came tumbling down. We are doing fine now but trying hard to find a way to reduce his hours of work and allow him to enjoy living again.

Best of luck.

Sarah

MEGHANN said...

Hurray! You're coming to my wonderful hometown! Iowa City will be lucky to have you and in no time at all you'll see what an excellent home it can be. Best of luck on the move and the good-byes (always the worst, most terrible part of any new adventure) and congrats to joe, too!

jennifer said...

Oh my gosh, we're going to miss you so so much! But, I know great things are in store for you there.

P.s. I'm glad you'll finally have a chance to take ceramics! I bet whatever you make will be totally rad!

Nadinoo said...

Good luck Jenny! I'm sure you enjoy all the extra time you have to spend with your happy huby and have plenty more time for yourself :)

Best wishes x

Kayla Poole said...

I have a feeling that you will find (create) joy wherever you are. best of luck in this new chapter! looking forward to following along for the journey.

Karin said...

oh gordy, this post made me happy and sad all at the same time. i will miss spending time with you when i make my trips up to brooklyn, but i am so thankful i had a chance to meet you (my semi-look-alike, heehee)! i will be praying for your move, that it may go smoothly and that you may feel at home in Iowa sooner than you may expect. i truly hope and pray we get the opportunity to spend more time together in the future because you are lovely my dear! maybe sarkilahti and i can plan a trip once you guys are settled. plus, i think you need to take a trip to dc sometime! :) many blessings and hugs- karin

amelia said...

It's really great to hear your positivity! My boyfriend and I are moving to NC from Astoria in August because he's been really unhappy here, and so we can be closer to family. I've been really conflicted about leaving the life I have here, but trying to balance that with all the things I'm looking forward to in the move.
Best of luck!

Jean P. said...

Jenny, I've been lurking and watching, reading and caring at this blog since before Joe finished school. You are a darling girl...beautiful, smart, so very talented and determined. You'll be the toast of Iowa City in no time at all. And the very best thing about being a blogofriend is that I can be wherever you are. Now get busy with that packing, missy. Lots of positive energy coming your way. Be happy.

fifi said...

congrats on moving with such a great attitude. we have a 6 month old baby and have just decided to move interstate back home (to the other side of australia). it is a huge decision and means a lot to move from the wonderful city of melbourne. it seems to be in the water at the moment - everyone moving around. or is that life? i look forward to giving my daughter a portion of that relaxed, beachside life i had as a kid which can only happen if we move from this big city. enjoy and i look forward to your posts!!!

jenna said...

Aw, this is exciting and wonderful. Sad for you, too, of course. I lived in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids for four years and have a very special place for it in my hearts - I'm in Queens now, but we'll probably end up in IC again someday. There are some really lovely people there. Hope you love it!

Vanessa Lynn said...

I've been sort of stalking your blog for a while and love your work, but I wanted to pipe up and say that I went through the same experience. I'm from the city and am a city girl at heart. I grew up in the Bay Area and definitely think of northern California as my home. My husband wanted to go back to school, but due to a weird situation with his transcripts, couldn't go to the schools in CA. So we moved first to Texas and then to the middle of nowhere Illinois for three years. Though it was hard to leave all my friends, I made friends in Illinois, and even though it was a change to move to the country, I, like you, found the good sides of it.

What I wanted to say is that we're moving back to CA this winter, and at the end of the experience, I'm glad we did it. My husband got what he wanted and we'll move back to CA with him having job opportunities and friends (that are also moving there) that he didn't have before. Now we'll both be happy there, which makes us happier as a couple, too.

I wish you all the best! Keep up your amazing work! :) And it'll all work out!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

Hi Jenny, we don't really know each other but I'm Deb, a friend of Jenny S. I know the move seems difficult but Iowa City is WONDERFUL!!! I lived there and still have many friends there! Before you go let me give you some names of acme really great folks who I think you might like...my friends own a cafe in town called Leaf Kitchen...they lived in NY and all over the world...anyway I think youlll really enjoy all the creativity and time to be creative!!! All the best of luck and since I am there at least once or twice a year maybe we can meet for coffee there sometime!!!
Good good luck wi everything, deb

stephanie renee said...

best of luck with your move! it was really hard for me to move back to milwaukee, but now i love the simple life that a small city provides. i think you will only be about three hours away so maybe we can finally meet! and yeah for ceramics classes, i start mine this week!

fleur_delicious said...

good luck, Jenny! I think bittersweet endings are the best ones; it means that even though you're moving on, where you've been is good, too - and with the luxuries we have of the internet, skype, and all those social networks, you'll get to keep those friends and contacts you made close and in your life. All things conspire together for good - and what nice plans you have already! Good luck with the move! - and many congrats to Joe!! =)

rebecca said...

sounds awesome! you'll do great there, i'm sure. cheers to a wonderful life in your new small town... new york's not going anywhere.

jothompson said...

Good luck, you will make it wonderful I'm sure. How exciting to plan what to do with the research year !
Best wishes, Jo

Sad lil' knitter said...

I just finished surgery residency at a busy university program. Now nothing scares me-- I have seen it all. I think he's making the right choice to go where the best training is, even if it means repeating years. On another note, just the other day I was thinking that the act of putting aside one's one wishes for the greater good of one's family is a lost art. It's nice to know there are still selfless people out there. Why don't you use the opportunity to have some babies?!

Johanna said...

Its a very brave but loving thing to make a fresh start like this. Good luck on this new adventure. :)

Anna said...

Well, I think your life in Brooklyn sounded wonderful (and what lovely collections you have to show for it), but what's on the other side of this move sounds wonderful, too. Ceramics classes! Fall football games!
Good luck with the move from a reader who can't wait to see this latest collection of yours up for sale!

Leila said...

Best of luck!! Your list of "looking forward to"s sounds just wonderful. I'm sure you'll find a new niche in no time and I can't wait to see how it goes!

Cara Hall said...

I just moved to California after 10 years in Iowa. I lived in Des Moines but loved trips to Iowa City as well. The creative/crafty community is absolutely thriving there, and you will find a group of amazing makers. There's a cool fair in Iowa City called What a Load of Craft, and in Des Moines there is Market Day and Craft Saturday, among others. You'll be pretty close to Chicago, too, if you need a dose of city. Iowa is lucky to have you!

Annie H said...

I went to school in Iowa City! It's really a great place to live (especially since you're showing up before the students get there!) and the hospital is fantastic. Check out Devotay, The Hamburg Inn, Z'mariks (the krith a raki (sp?) is so good), Givannis, New Pioneer Co-op (like Whole Foods), Whitey's and Heyns ice cream, and The Bread Garden. If I think of any more, I'll let you know! Good luck with the move!

kate / tinywarbler said...

best of luck with packing and the move! it all sounds so exciting, and i love what you have planned for your new home, it all sounds very balanced and peaceful. all the best!

Kate Hunter said...

Good luck Jenny! I've been reading your blog for a long time now, and thought I'd finally comment.

I just wanted to say that I know exactly how you feel. My fiance is a internal medicine resident, and when we found out that he got into residency in Hamilton, Ontario, and not Toronto (i.e. the big city) I was pretty upset at first. I had pictured myself getting involved in the craft and design scene in Toronto, not in a smaller less glamorous city nearby. But I couldn't be happier with how things turned out. I discovered an amazing group of creative people here in Hamilton and we're doing big and exciting things together. Not to mention the cheaper living expenses (hello house with a yard and garden vs. tiny apartment with no balcony)!

So unexpected changes in plans can definitely be a good thing. I'm sure this new path of yours will be a fun adventure!

Katie said...

As a fellow Iowan, I agree with those who posted before me - we are lucky to have you! Wishing you the best!

S▲R▲H said...

Iowa is the best. I spent my college years in Des Moines and stayed for 4 years. You're going to love it there.

Sigrid said...

Hi. I haven't been here for many months, but used to check in frequently. What news you have and oh how I understand where you are at! We left San Francisco to move to Minneapolis, and though we are from the Midwest, change is hard after living in the West for 15 years. I started my blog to deal with the difficulty of that move, to learn how to make myself happy, and to meet like minded people going through experiences we could share. I really get where you are at, and am excited at what lies ahead for you. Through the challenges, life will bloom for you and having your man happy is key ~ just went through that myself and it was a difficult decision point we struggled through together, but now that he is 'back' WE are so much better for it. The future is always unknown, the moment can be difficult, but what awaits is full of possibility.

I lived in Iowa on two occasions - for college and after college. Being there will give you the mental and creative space to blossom further. You will find community. If you ever have any questions, please e-mail me directly. There are some great treasures in the state and near by and you will be able to explore. You can take weekend trips to Minneapolis too - let me know if you are in town. The Midwest awaits you (again) with open arms.

Best to you and your man. You are on my blogroll - this adventure can't be missed.☺

evencleveland said...

Good luck, Jenny! I'm glad our paths crossed a few times while we were both here. I'm wishing you + Joe all the best in this new adventure.

Catherine said...

I am so happy for you. Go get Iowa.

jonahliza said...

congrats on this new chapter in your lives <3 i love reading your oh so inspiring blog <3

jones said...

Look out Iowa is right! I am certain that you will thrive in your new setting and that your marriage will be all the better.

I loved reading about your feelings regarding change. I am going through a major one myself. I absolutely relate to the sweet and sour complicated mix that change brings.

Can't wait to follow along.

Modern Crush said...

Good Luck Jenny! As a long time follower of your blog, I am so excited for this new season in your life. Even though I am a stranger to you I would like to say that I am proud of the choice you both made. There is not much more important than your relationship!

P.S. I hope you do have a baby, and it would be one amazing baby!

erica said...

Moving is tough, but it sounds like this one is going to make many positive changes to your life. Not having your partner around is so tough, so I'm really happy for you both.

We're moving in a week, too. Although we still haven't secured an apartment or really figured out this immigration stuff, we're hoping for the best.

Three bedrooms, holy moly!!

raichel said...

GOOD, GOOD LUCK!!
Yo´re gonna be allrignt.

dukebecky said...

IOWA CITY IS GREAT! i've been reading your blog and sewing your patterns for awhile now and i went to grad school in iowa city for 3 years. you're going to love it! don't miss the u of i art museum, sharpless auctions and houseworks for great vintage stuff, new pioneer co-op for yummy sandwiches, lake mcbride and hickory hill for nature walks, and prairie lights (the best independent bookstore every) for books and like-minded people. can't wait to see you blog about great iowa city discoveries!

Patti O'Neill said...

Hi Jenny,
I live in Iowa City and would be happy to show/tell you some of it's bests! I know some fiber artists to introduce you to, as well. Modela is my small design shop. Stop in sometime after you are settled or email. Patti www.shopmodela.com

sheryl said...

Good luck! Even positive changes can be hard, it's always such a mix of emotions. Sounds like this will be great for you, though.

Jade said...

jenny, that is pretty amazing on your part--the fact that you chose the most unselfish route. as a medical student who is married to someone who just finished their residency, i am familiar with matching and the ups and downs and potential relocation that comes with the process. i appreciate your open-mindedness and your commitment to joint happiness in marriage. that's something i can definitely relate to and learn from.

at any rate, you've made a name for yourself, and have 100 people commenting with heartfelt well wishes! i'm sure you can make a home and successful business for yourself anywhere. and brooklyn will always be there for you to come back to, if that's how fate rolls the dice.

megan said...

This is exciting! I'm happy for you guys. I have a friend who lives in Iowa City and LOVES it. She's an avid gardener (she's also an actress and singer and fairly new mom). She's lived in NYC, Seattle and Chicago and I'm pretty sure Iowa City is her favorite place to live. Good luck, guys!

Amy said...

I went to college in Iowa City and loved it! Check out the New Pioneer Co-Op, the farmer's markets in the summer, the little boutiques downtown, and Prairie Lights... I miss IC and know you will love it, it seems your style and it's low-priced, comfortable, charming, with a great intellectual culture. I'm from Kansas too, actually!

hibou said...

This really warmed my heart. Good luck!

mollymakesdo said...

Iowa City is great in it's own way, though definitely not NYC. I actually work at the hospital (UIHC I presume) your husband will be working at.

One word of advice, when you get here go for a drive on a lovely day along Hwy 6 from Iowa City to Grinnell, I'd suggest a sunny but slightly overcast day just after a nice rainstorm. This drive will give better idea of how Iowans see their state - the view from I-80 is not our Iowa.

I truly hope you'll be happy here, just give yourself time to learn its rhythm.