Thursday, May 10, 2012

a new adventure

We have big news.  In a surprising turn of events, the Shafer family has decided to move to West Lafayette, Indiana.  Andrew accepted a position in development at Purdue University.  This is a great opportunity for him, and for many reasons this seemed like the right thing at the right time.  Accordingly, we will be spending the next 7 or so weeks getting the house on the market, packing, and saying our farewells. 

Though we are excited about this adventure, we are sad to leave Knoxville.  This place holds almost all of our joint memories, both good and bad.  Andrew and I met here, fell in love here, and began our life together here.  It was in Knoxville that we lost our first three precious babies, and it was in Knoxville that our hearts filled beyond measure as we met our sweet twins.  Between the two of us, we graduated from UT four times.  Orange and white will always be staples in our family (and our wardrobe), and despite any distance we will continue to be the most loyal Volunteers.

"What hearts cemented in that name bind land to stranger land."  
-University of Tennessee Alma Mater


  1. Oh, wow, Jess! Can't imagine y'all not being in Knoxville, but congrats on the big move and job for Andrew!

  2. Wow, congrats!

    I went to school in Indiana, Butler University! You will love Purdue, it is a fun school!

    Good luck with putting a house on the market with twins! That will be a challenge!

  3. How exciting! Congratulations. My cousin lives in w Lafayette and her husband works at purdue!