It was incredibly surreal for me when I realized that I had lived in this house eleven years, longer than any other home growing up. We moved around a lot - back to Utah for my Dad to go to grad school - to various jobs. My parents have lived in their current home for longer, but I haven't lived with them.
My Mom would call it the family wanderlust - every two or three years men in my Dad's family would have the urge to move. It's hard to say what really was going on there. Job loss, better opportunities - in my experience, I think mormon families do tend to move around a great deal. There is a built in social safety net of sorts, so a person doesn't have to worry about trying to find the best doctor or babysitter after moving (ward members will probably know). Whenever my siblings were born, it was a fellow ward member who would come over to our house so my Dad could be at the hospital. We didn't need to live in the same town as grandparents or extended family.
I've almost lived in this current city more than where I grew up - which is also odd. I have no intention of changing cities anytime soon - I like my job and my kids are in relatively good schools. I feel a strong sense of community here.
I must have some of the wanderlust my Mom spoke of, however, because I am still interested in moving (at some point) to a smaller location. That's not the way it's supposed to work. You're supposed to buy a house before having kids, and stay in a house and maintain it (including the lawn). It's part of the American dream. It's the investment you're support to grow old on. It's like going to certain vacation destinations with your kids. It's tradition.
But I don't want to spend all my time maintaining a home. I don't mind gardening. There are many "volunteer" flowers that come up every year.
But with the house (and yard) - I feel like I'm always behind the eight ball. There is always a mountain of things to do, clean, sort, weed. My sister said I should consider paying someone to do some of that for me, and she has a point. But I don't want to pay someone to do those things for me, I want a smaller space so I can do it myself. Much like this post - it's discovering that what everyone else wants for me or thinks I should want, I don't necessarily want for myself.