July 13, 2012

Canton, Ohio

Downtown Canton Arts

So, all of this happened so very fast and unexpected. Jeff was recruited by another company- they asked him what he thought about Canton, Ohio. We were all, where is Canton, Ohio?

While he was interviewing last week, I stayed back in the hotel for a while and watched the visitor's channel, on a loop, several times. There's just so many things to do- it's a city with events and art and life without being too large or too much. And it's close to Cleveland, a whole other place for us to discover. I decided to get out of bed and go for a walk. I went straight to the Arts District.

And it started to feel like home.

Downtown Canton Arts

Downtown Canton Arts

Downtown Canton, OH Arts District


Downtown Canton, OH Arts District

Downtown Canton Arts


Downtown Canton Arts
I can't wait for First Fridays.


Downtown Canton, OH Arts District
I have a thing about public art. I think it's awesome.


Downtown Canton Arts

There's something exciting to me about the thought of our little (big) family and it being just us and finding a new place to love and letting it love us back.

I stood in Henry's popcorn shop and chatted with him for a while. I was on a high from walking the city and meeting a lot of friendly people and I just felt this feeling so big and I bursted, "Henry, I hope he gets the job! I really want to live here." I can't wait to go back and tell him the good news.

Downtown Canton, OH Arts District
Jeff is now the Ad Director at The Repository.



Downtown Canton, OH Arts District

Downtown Canton, OH Arts District

We were in the car on our way home when Jeff got the call. They offered him the job and he accepted. It just seems like one of those falling into place moments in life. And that is a wonderful thing.

Now...? He has to be out there next weekend. The plan is to get an apartment in North Canton so that we can get the kids in school on time next month. In the meantime, I'm here getting this place ready to to sell. One little box at a time stacking dangerously on top of my writing deadlines and video and usual house and mom of four workload.

Last night I finally hit my wall and stormed out of the house and went to Culver's and self-medicated with a burger and a coke in the parking lot. It helped. I'm ready to get back into the groove today. So many good things await.

Canton, here we come.

59 comments:

  1. So, so, so exciting! I had to look at a map to see where it was when you told me it was Canton. Such a wonderful adventure ahead of you! How exciting to get to learn and explore a brand new place!

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  2. So exciting! And what a cool looking place!!!! Best wishes!

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  3. yay, OHIO! My friend that lives in Canton moved there for college (Malone) and never came home. Hope you all love it. We will definitely have to meet up sometime now!

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  4. Wow. We are so going to miss having you around here, Steph, but I'm so happy for you and your family! Good things!!!

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  5. Oh wow!!!! Sounds like God has big plans for you :) Praying for a smooth move!

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  6. You will love it. Mainly because those of us within driving direction won't let you feel like I did when I moved to Ohio and the only person I knew was my husband. Oh, and the rest of his family. We will surround you with love!

    But yes, Canton offers so much in that it has it's own stuff and then there's other stuff in driving distance. As an aside, Salt Fork State Park, south on 77, is an amazing state park. The beach, if you're not against lake beach smell, is just lovely and never crowded. There's lots to do there (geocaching, a lodge, a pool, and on and on). And it's 10 minutes from my door. ;)

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  7. Oh it does look so bright and fresh and fun. So excited for all of you... Hope it is EVERYTHING you hope it will be and more. xoxo

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  8. oh, wow! How exciting :-)

    When you know, you just know - am I right?

    Can't wait to watch this next adventure unfold for you!

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  9. OMG, so quick, yet it all sounds so good. And I see you already found an amazing spot for LTYM- Canton. :)

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  10. such an exciting new adventure!! hope everything goes smooth, or at least, within a stone's throw to a burger in case it gets dicey :)

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  11. So excited for you guys! I'm hoping that in a year, that will be us moving to somewhere just us. How fun!

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  12. Sounds exciting! Wishing you speed and strength to get everything done!!
    Catherine Denton

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  13. so so happy for you!! Canton is lucky to get your family!

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  14. I love seeing the city through your eyes Steph. I can feel your optimism and excitement. Moving house is really stressful, so I don't envy you that, but let us explore with you once things settle down!

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  15. That sounds so, so exciting! I am so happy for you all. What a great (and incredibly stressful) time. :) Just remember that this busy, stressful, crazy time shall pass and soon you will all be enjoying your new city. :)
    Congratulations!

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  16. this is so exciting for your family. wheeeeee! :)

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  17. Well, I selfishly can't wait for you to get here, and I am so excited for you all!

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  18. I would road trip up there to meet you with jennyitup! Congratulations!

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  19. WOW. That's amazing Steph! I will miss having you so close...but it sounds like you are about to embark on an amazing adventure. And I have a friend in Akron, so now I can combine trips and come see you both!

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  20. I love the idea of a fresh new start. It looks charming and rad!

    Janelle

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  21. Listen to Your Mother Canton? Congratulations!

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  22. Oh my gosh! Nothing like a whirlwind of change. I'm so excited for you guys...and what an awesome attitude to have! You're going to love it!

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  23. It sort of reminds me of Mayberry...a wonderful town. I'm glad you made a friend at the popcorn place...he might give you free samples..

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  24. How wonderful! The theater looks awesome!

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  25. Sounds like a lot to do in a little time! I wish I could help you pack and/or babysit!

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  26. Hooray for new adventures. Have fun (and as many burgers and cokes as you need!) with the new transition.

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  27. I'm SO HAPPY AND EXCITED for you, Steph. What a lot of work - but what an adventure! Praying your time packing with be a sweet time of remembering where God has brought you already.

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  28. So exciting! Can't wait to read more about your adventure as it comes. You can only do what you can - What gets done, gets done, and what doesn't, doesn't.

    Praying smooth transitions and miraculous help as you march toward (and beyond) the move!

    I was in Albuquerque last week and that place has art on every corner. I know not a soul, but I told my husband I could completely live there. He smirked.

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  29. How very exciting for you all. You are juat oozing with enthusiasm and it shows. I'm so happy for you and your family.

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  30. Yay for fresh starts, and congrats to your hubby!

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  31. Okay, so in love with Canton now myself...Love that downtown! The theater is gorgeous...Can't wait to come visit you guys...So incredibly happy for you! : )

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  32. You captured Canton so well! Looking forward to you moving here ;)

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  33. Wonderful news!
    Hope you can soon settle into Family Stone House coziness-- with "new view" excitement and "barn cat" delight.

    And on the other side of the packing/moving craziness, I pray you walk in the complete freedom of being your Truest You ever!
    [Blessings!]

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  34. I'm glad you're all so excited about it! Can't wait to hear about your adventures...

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  35. Oh wow! Moving is always such an adventure, and that's awesome that you feel comfortable there. We just don't have stuff like that by us, but ... we still have Chicago, though it's a drive.

    And a totally unsolicited bit of advice? Don't worry about getting them into school on time. All the times I moved, it was always easier coming in the middle of the year. Everyone knows you're the new kid then, and they want to be friends with you more than when they're all excited seeing their friends they haven't seen over summer and getting back into the groove at school. When you don't know how everything works, people get it when you're new in the middle of the year (or after school starts) but not as much when you start the year new and teachers aren't as aware of it, etc. Do what works for your family, but don't stress about that part.

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  36. This just makes me flutter for you. Totally one of those falling into place moments. Cannot wait to see how you unfold in Canton.

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  37. I've never been to Canton but it sure looks like a fun place to be!

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  38. So happy for you! I love change; I think it's so exciting. Our kids are still little, so I tell my husband - let's be like a military family and move all over but not be in the military. So far, we've moved to Texas - where I desperately miss the comfort of Culver's.

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  39. Looks awesome! And I know I'm no the only one picturing "Listen to Your Mother" on that Palace Theatre stage! :)

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  40. so excited that you will be so close! Like super duper excited and my husband might be a bit concerned and ask me things like "You've met her before right?" "Does she know that you are so excited?" "I know that Stephanie is moving to Ohio and if we could just talk about it more when she is actually in Ohio that would be great."

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  41. How wonderful! You sound so happy about this move. What a thrilling new adventure. You and I will be partners in moving -- I'm moving too this summer. All the best of luck!

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  42. You would be only and hour away from me! I would love to meet you! And I would love to see a Listen to your Mother!"

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  43. Good luck to you guys! Indiana's loss is Ohio's gain. Check out midwestguest.com, she's written a few things about Canton. (I'm so with you on the public art stuff... doesn't it just make you feel like you've arrived?)

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  44. Steph, this is so exciting and probably also overwhelming, I imagine. I'm going to miss you being in NWI, though!

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  45. CONGRATULATIONS!!! YEAY HENRY!! xoxo

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  46. congrats Steph! So excited for your family - and congrats to Jeff on the new job!

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  47. So incredibly exciting. I can't wait to read about your new home and how much it loves you.

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  48. I love when we finally get to know where the stirring in our hearts is taking us. His timing is perfect...! Saying a prayer for smooth transitions for the whole family :)

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  49. I have been reading your blog since pre-Ivy days, but I think this is my first time commenting. :) I wanted to give you an early welcome to northeast Ohio. I live in a small town 45 minutes from Canton (and read the Repository every day), and there are a lot of wonderful things in this area. I hope you and your family have an easy transition - well, as easy as anything can be with four kids involved! - and I hope you find plenty of joys in life here. (p.s. My 4-year-old daughter would love to have a playdate with the adorable Ivy! :)

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  51. You are going to LOVE it here!! I live a hop skip jump from Canton (Akron), fun fun fun......

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  52. Congrats!!! What a wonderful adventure! Your new hometown looks amazing. xo

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  53. I hope you love it, Steph! That theater is amazing!

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  54. So happy for you and your family!! How exciting! We lived in NE Ohio for 7 years before hubby joined the Army. (Born and raised Buckeyes too) We still own our home about 40 min north of Canton in a wonderful town that we loved. (still do!!) We'll be looking for new renters before the holidays after we're done rebuilding and renovating if you don't find the perfect place right away! ;)

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  55. How exciting and stressful for you. ;) As someone who just made a similar move with a lot of children (alone because Mike had to start before we moved as well)... if you need to talk please hit me up anytime. It's exciting and fun, but I remember that stress of not even knowing who does garbage pick up ;). I'm happy to listen, commiserate and help anyway I can.

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  56. I've been so busy packing myself I forgot to pop in here like I normally do.

    You will love NE Ohio - it really is a great place to raise a family and you will never be bored. I hope your house hunt and house sell goes smoothly and you feel right at home in Canton.

    Hope our paths will cross soon. Thinking of you guys.

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  57. Oh, I was just catching up on your blog and see that you are moving to Canton! So great! I grew up about 30 miles south of Canton (Amish country) and now live in Cleveland- we love both places- Cleveland is a great city and super close to Canton, and plenty of beautiful country closeby too. I'm sure you will love Canton! Congrats!

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