Todd I am in the same boat, my job would allow me to transfer to Texas. The problem is my wife would say we are to far away from her parents.
My wife was like that. Till I kept taking her to Texas. She has never lived outside of Illinois and her whole family (6 brothers and sisters, mom, aunts, uncles, etc) all live within 40 miles of each other.
she got over it when I started showing her the amount of land, house, etc we get for the same cash as here. That is what allowed me to buy land up in the Hills north of San Antonio... now she is designing a house bigger and nicer than here for about the same price I pay for my house on 1/3 an acre here.