April 26, 2021

We are moving (back) to...


It's interesting to hear what people think of the places the military chooses to move you. 

For example, I don't know if I ever mentioned it on here, but when I told people in Pittsburgh that we were moving to Kansas, most would go: 

When I tell people in Kansas that we came from Pittsburgh, they all go:

Perception is everything, I guess. 

I bring this up because when I tell people we are moving to Ft. Leonard-Wood, Missouri, many go:

I can't even make that up: When I tell people in LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS that we are moving to Ft. Leonard-Wood, Missouri, that (that!) is the face they make ^^^ 
It's insane.

And then I say, No, we picked it! and then they go:

But we really did pick Missouri. Scott is an engineer. That's where the engineers are based. We've been there before. It puts us 3-4 hours closer to home (Pennsylvania) but keeps us west of the Mississippi River (this is practically my prerequisite for duty stations). We knew land/housing was affordable. It's not in a big city with crazy traffic and a high cost-of-living. It has all of Scott's favorite hunting spots nearby (this goes into our decision-making because our dogs are west/midwest dogs, truly). The big bonus is that it's only a few hours from our current location, so we can move slowly over the first half of the summer. 

I like the school district there. It was, to date, my best professional experience. I would be thrilled to work there again.

The people are generally nice. Being in the midwest is a good fit for us, overall. There's also a Culver's, a Sonic, a BWW, and a Panera all within 20 minutes of where we'd be living. (priorities)

That's kind of the long and the short of it. When given a list of locales, that was just kind of where we wanted to be. We didn't want to be far south. We didn't want to be along the east coast. We didn't want to go to the northwest. Scott always looks for a way to get back to Alaska. I never say no. The opportunity just isn't there. 

If you're keeping track, this is move #8 in less than 11 1/2 years. You know how some people have a baby every two-ish years? We, apparently, just move every two-ish years.


  1. Ahahaha the Nick Miller gifs and Midwestern judginess. So real. Anyway, congrats on moving somewhere you’re excited about!

  2. Ok those gif's, hysterical, and I presume dead on. Congrats!

  3. Thanks for telling us! It’s good to go somewhere familiar! Those prerequisites are good! Lol! This move will be so much easier!

  4. I dont know how you do it... moving just freaks me out - you're an old pro at it now though :)

  5. Yay welcome back to Missouri - we are happy to have you! ;)

  6. So happy for your family that you guys got the posting you wanted! Culver’s was my favorite part of moving to the Midwest.


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