John and I have been having a very hard time with the prospect of moving back to Bartlesville. We just love Lawrence so much. We have lived here for a year now and the newness hasn't worn off. We love being surrounded by educated people, having community activities every weekend, and limitless local food options! We love the parks, restaurants, and shops. Lawrence is one of those places where you feel right at home no matter who you are around. The past few weekends have been host to an art festival in the park, the annual tamale festival, and a folk music festival in the park.
Getting the news of another job transfer made John and I fall in love with Lawrence all over again. We started noticing the little things that we took for granted, visiting restaurants we love more frequently. We were just trying to soak it all up before we left.
We talked about starting our own family and what it would mean for our priorities. We would rather raise kids in Lawrence. We love the progressive attitude and kid friendly activities. The school districts are great.
We started doubting our decision to accept the position. John didn't want to back out for fear of stymieing his career. I didn't blame him. We knew there would be trade-offs. We could get land and be closer to family. But we were still sad. It felt like a huge loss.
Then, after nearly a month of waiting, we found out some great news!
We get to stay!!!
Corporate decided that Lawrence needs engineers more than Bartlesville and has decided to give John one of the other open positions here in Lawrence. It seems that the Bartlesville plant is being slowly phased out and there is a chance they may not even fill the position John was looking at.
To say we are ecstatic would be an understatement! We are so thrilled! I am so thankful that we get to stay here!