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May 3, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
I was a flustered new mom when we first moved to Altoona six 1/2 years ago. It seemed so far away from my home city of Baltimore. Not only did we not know anyone in in the area, but "Altoona" was a town we didn't even know existed. It was a tough sell to move three hours away from family and friends and a city we loved to a remote town in Pennsylvania. But, the job opportunity was great for Scott and the low cost of living allowed me to stay at home with our new baby Julie. So, we moved to a little town we knew nothing about. I'd be lying if I said the first six months were enjoyable. We moved in late January just in time for the Steelers to win the Super Bowl (which irked us hardcore Ravens fans). Then, there were the snowstorms and bitter temperatures, which seemed impossible to bear. Julie,who was 4 months old when we first moved to Altoona seemed to catch every sniffle and virus. That first winter we became quite familiar with the emergency room. With no family friends or even aquaintences, it was easy to feel alone. I'm not quite sure when Altoona started to feel more comfortable. Maybe it was when our neighbor three houses down, another stay-at-home mom decided to befriend me because she saw our out-of-state license plates. Or maybe it was when I became involved with MOMS Club, which meant I actually had somewhere to be during the long, lonely days with my baby girl. Somehow over the past six years, the town we knew nothing about, has become our home. We have our favorite restaurants and parks and we love rooting for the Curve, eating Meadows ice cream, swimming at Morrison's Cove and riding the rides at DelGrosso's. On summer nights we love sitting by the firepit in our backyard with our neighbors, and Highland Park is the perfect place to hike or sled in the snow. It has been our home, but now it's time to leave. Many of you who know us know that we were are moving to Chicago, but I thought I'd make it blog-official. Scott has been offered an outstanding promotion in Chicago--something he can't pass up. This summer we are leaving a place we call home, and moving even further away from our Baltimore family and friends. But, we're calling it "our adventure." We'll miss everyone in Altoona. Thank you for making us feel like we belong.
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