Recently in this post
I lamented the fact that I could not get out of Indiana for economic reasons.
Throughout the fallout over the RFRA, my family and I have been brainstorming ways to truly leave. We think we have found a way.
My parents, who are retired, sold some ground to purchase and set up a modular home that will help them get through their retirement years (handicapped access, low maintenance, etc.) They do not have any plans for their other home. This is in a small town where homes don't get sold for much, and their current home is in need of some TLC. We are going to ask them if we can purchase and renovate their current home. They live in IL, which is where I was born and raised.
This will mean we will have to find new jobs, which may be a challenge for me because I am 45. However, we feel that the lower stress (I teach 1500 students and my husband has a 1 hour commute one way) and smaller house with the possibility of a much lower house payment may be worth the move even if I can only find part time work. I will be close (as in next door) to my parents as they age and will be able to take care of them. My daughter will be closer to her cousins.
My family on both sides began their lives in this area over 200 years ago. I will eventually inherit land that was first purchased almost 175 years ago. Being closer may be a good thing.
Nothing is set in stone, but we have decided we really do have options. We agree that getting out of Indiana will be a good thing. I am a little bit excited about the prospect.
Any words of advice will be appreciated. We will be letting Mom and Dad in on our idea around the end of April. Wish us luck!
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