Wednesday, May 15, 2013



I know, I are thinking, wait, you just moved to Baton Rouge?

Yes, that is true.  And now we are moving again.

We knew our time in Baton Rouge was short (but I was hoping it was a little bit longer than this).  Bech's plan was to apply to graduate school full force next year.  He felt like he wasn't ready to apply this year.  But he did apply to one school, Penn State.  It was just a practice application (his words, not mine), but it was his number one choice.  He's been interested in their graduate program since undergrad.

Back in February, we found out that Bech got into Penn State, but he was on waiting list for funding.  And so I thought that was it, we probably weren't going to move.

But through an amazing series of events, we found out about 3 weeks ago that Bech has full funding for an MFA in ceramics at Penn State in the fall!

So this August, we will be making this 1,300 mile trip back up North!

Yeah, you all are jealous that I will be driving this distance with Jack.  I know, I know.

Seriously, though, car tips for 2 year olds are very much needed!

We are moving to State College, Pennsylvania, a town of about 40,000 (not counting the college students).  Bech's program is two years long.

Here's State College--right in the middle of rural Pennsylvania.  2 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh, 3 1/2 from Philadelphia, and 4 hours from D.C.

I am really excited about being in State College, PA.  It is supposed to be a really cute, really safe town.  There is a PCA church there and I think I have found a daycare for Jack (we're on the waiting list).  I have started the job hunt (please pray!).

I am also excited about having four seasons again!  I can't wait for fall...I have already looked up the local corn mazes and harvest fests.  I am not necessarily looking forward to winter, but I am excited to see what Jack thinks about the snow.

Most of all, I am so glad that Bech is going to grad school.  He is beyond ready for this.  He has worked so hard to get to this point, and I can't wait to see the way he changes and grows as an artist.

More good news:  State College has a Target. 

Bad news:  no Sonic.

Because, let's be honest, that's the first thing I looked up.

Finally, I'm really sad about leaving my job.  I LOVE the school I teach at (and I love my students, although they may not always believe that).  

So there's my big news (see, I'm NOT pregnant).  I don't know how many northerners read my blog, but I would welcome any and all advice/tips/stories/recommendations about State College (or even Pennsylvania in general)!


Unknown said...

That's SO exciting!!!! I've been to Hershey, PA which is 2 hours southeast of State College. Pennsylvania is very green and pretty - I think you'll really like it! And there are lots of great Amish communities around so that's cool and unique. Congrats to Bech for getting into the program!!!!

Kate said...

You'll be so close to Hunter!

seriously though said...

Marley- I've been living in Pennsylvania off and on for the past 2 years, both in Scranton (NE PA) and in Pittsburgh. My mom is in Wellsboro, which is North Central. We know a good bit about the state, aside from childcare :)Feel free to contact me about anything you need! Congrats to you and your family on your move!