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Goodbye Fields Of Iowa

This was going to be a birthday post – because yesterday was my birthday. But to be honest, it was probably the worst birthday I’ve ever had. My husband forgot, and in fact I almost forgot too. But we had good reason. You see after 3 years in Iowa, we’re moving. To Virginia. Over the late part of last week, Chris was over there at a job interview. He was so excited, because it was exactly the work he’d been looking for, and the team he interviewed with were amazing. I’m so proud of him, because they offered him the job that afternoon. It was a really good offer. He spent most of the weekend checking out the area, and absolutely fell in love with it. We’ll be 45 mins south of Washington D.C., an hour or so from the coast, and an hour from the Mountains. But we’ll still technically be in the countryside, which is exactly what we want. It couldn’t be more perfect. Even better, it will be easier for our families to visit us. I’ll have more details on exactly what we’re doing soon, but that’s all I’ve got for now!

Of course it seemed quite appropriate to take photos in a harvested field as my farewell to Iowa. We’ve loved Iowa. It’s been so good to us. It’s where we bought our first house, had our children and for the first time managed to live a comfortable life. But it’s time for a seachange, and this offer was just too good to pass up. We’re not sure on the exact timing yet, but we do know they want it to be soon. Which unfortunately means a lot of work for us getting ready to move, and also means I have to put a hold on any new orders for my Fall collection, until things calm down a bit. As always though, you can sign up for the newsletter to be notified when the store re-opens

And don’t worry – the birthday turned out just fine. I still turned 26. We had a lovely dinner out, and I got a new adventure.

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Catherine
11 years ago

Wow! Congrats and happy belated birthday! I love adventures – though I’m sure it will be a lot of work, I bet you two (and the two little ones) will have a lot of fun on the move and in your new home. I love the the dress you’re wearing in the pictures – you look fantastic.

Kelly
11 years ago

happy belated birthday and congratulations!

what would a nerd wear
11 years ago

yay congrats, friend!! this is big news!!
i haven’t gotten back to your email yet, but when i do, i have to tell you something exciting about who else might be moving to D.C. next year :)

Betsy (Miss B)
11 years ago

What exciting news!! When you get settled in Virginia you should try to find a boutique in D.C. to carry your line! There are so many great little boutiques in D.C. and I am sure one of them would jump at the chance to carry it!

Caitlin
11 years ago

That’s so exciting! congrats! lot’s of work ahead, I’m sure, but new starts are always worth the work they require. good luck with everything doll xx

Annie
11 years ago

Congratulations to your husband and family! This is so exciting for you guys! It’ll be fun for you kids to be close to DC and all those free museums, too. Good luck with the move!
xoxo

Annelise
Annelise
11 years ago

I remembered!

So excited for your move to Virginia :)

Della @ Della Grace's Life

Ummm, happy birthday! And what great news- I live in Va (and have my whole life!…mostly.)and love it to death. The winter’s are a lot calmer than Iowa I’m sure. :)

And hey, sounds like you’ll be living withen and hour of me, let me know if you ever need a babysitter. :)

Melissa
11 years ago

oh darling! that means you’ll be just a few hours from me! Fingers crossed that our paths cross sooner rather than later.

and happy belated birthday too!

Love,
M

Nicole
Nicole
11 years ago

Happy Belated Birthday! The area you are moving to is awesome! Another perk you may not have thought of yet is you can take the train up and down the coast and hit Philadelphia and New York with relative ease. The train is much easier than driving with the little ones! Think of all the amazing fabric stores that puts within easy reach! Congratulations to you both, what a fun adventure!

Justine
11 years ago

Bad birthday? Doesn’t sond bad at all! All happy news to me (besides the beings uper busy with the packing and the moving).

Happy belated Birthday Meg!

Just Better Together

Cydney
11 years ago

Happy belated Birthday! I spent five great years in Virginia, four in the southwestern part and a year in Alexandria, just outside D.C. Sounds like you’ll be close enough to enjoy the perks of the city but far enough away to relax the rest of the time! Raleigh has some pretty great shopping and fashion shows, too, you know. ;)

Veronica Darling
11 years ago

Happy Birthday! Hope it all goes well with the move! I just saw someone said ‘free museums’ in D.C. WHOA, I’m coming to visit! I love free stuff!

xoxo

Su
Su
11 years ago

Happy Belated Birthday! All the best with the move. You’re going to be 1000kms away from me, instead 2000 :)

Jacinta
11 years ago

Congrats!!! How awesome and very exciting! You will be much closer to NYC. (jealous, go visit for me!) and have always wanted to see the east coast with all its history. What a great opportunity for you and the family. And good that it is easier for family to visit. Can’t wait to hear and see how it all goes. xo
MODELmumma

Kyla
11 years ago

Aw, Happy Birthday, Meg! And congratulations to your husband. I’m very happy for you and your family – sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime!

Natasha
11 years ago

Happy birthday! And best of luck for the move, and all the new things going on for you. Love the print on your dress! And great that you found it in Perth xxx

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Pam Speak
11 years ago

I hope that the move goes smoothly. In the future my boyfriend and I would love to move to America, how did you find the move? I know Australia and England is not the same but how did you find the culture shock, was there a culture shock? Unfortunately we have to hope that when we’re ready to go America accepts our application for a visa…that could be a fairly long process I’m led to believe.

I do love that skirt, it’s beautiful, the fabric is so sweet.

June
11 years ago

Congratulations to Chris, and happy birthday to you! Wow, lots of changes. I’m sure you will handle everything with grace and aplomb. Good luck with the hassle!

kelsey
11 years ago

iowa misses you already! good luck to you!

Rhiannon
Rhiannon
11 years ago

Oh my goodness what fun news!My hubby and I loved living in DC/Virginia area. We’ve since moved to Virginia Beach (which we also love, the whole state seems pretty great actually) but the city is so great and there’s so much to do when you have friends and family over. An added perk for y’all is the great plane ticket prices! It should be A LOT cheaper for you and family in Australia to meet up. We got the best prices from that area!

Hope the move goes very well and smoothly! If you’re ever in Virginia Beach, I’d love to meet you!

Rhiannon
Rhiannon
11 years ago
Reply to  Rhiannon

Ooops! Happy Birthday to you, too!

Linda
11 years ago

Welcome to VA. It sounds like you will be in my neck of the woods. VA is a lovely state. I hope you will love it as much as I do. G Street is a great fabric store in No VA.

Rachel
11 years ago

Congratulations on moving to what is surely the best state in our fair union. I”ll admit I’m a little partial, as it is my home and current state, in fact i’ve never lived outside of it.

You’ll like it up there, very centrally located. It’s so easy to drive just about anywhere on the east coast, in case you get another urge to roadtrip. The baltimore aquarium is a pretty awesome place to take kids (and it’s pretty neat for adults too :) )

And if you ever make it down to Virginia beach, look me up!

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