To make a long story short: both our families are spread across Ontario and the thought of raising our own family* without the influence of the aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents that we were so blessed to grow up with was something we couldn't imagine.
All that said, when you're "going to" rather than "running from" these decisions are never without pain and loss. In the collective 16 years that we've lived out here we've shared our lives with friends-as-good-as-family, met and fallen in love (sweet love) with each other, and grown immeasurably. Truly, we'll be leaving thousands of little pieces of our hearts all over this island. It's been a great run, and I'll keep it from getting sappy and leave it at that....
I'm sure I'll be blogging about the move more as the months move along, but we wanted to let any of you who hadn't heard yet know of our plans.
*before you go and get all baby-crazy on us: we're not planning on having a baby right away. Of course, we'll keep practicing, but a James Jr. or little Hil is (fingers crossed) still a few years away :)