Garrett and I have been keeping a secret for quite some time now and it’s been killing us not to tell. Obviously, I really wanted to make the announcement right away, but there were a ton of moving parts that needed to happen first before we really felt comfortable sharing our news……….but…….. we’re moving! WHAT?! Crazy, right?! We’re leaving the eastern shore, and the state of Virginia……..We’re heading to……..Florida!!!!
I’ve actually never lived away from the shore (or at least no more than three hours away) since I started elementary school. So this is kind of a big deal for me. Garrett has moved across the country before… from California to Florida and then to Virginia. So for him, it’s not as monumental. But, this is the biggest move I’ve ever made.
Don’t get me wrong. We absolutely LOVE Chincoteague. This has been my home since I was a little kid. This is where Garrett and I met. We have jobs, friends, and a wonderful community. But, over the last year or so, we’ve been questioning where exactly we want to spend the rest of our lives. While Chincoteague has always been our home, it didn’t feel like this was the place we were supposed to be forever. It always felt sort of temporary. We enjoy the small town life. We enjoy having a community where we know everyone. And Chincoteague has all of those qualities…but still, Chincoteague never felt like a forever thing.
We’ve vacationed to Florida a couple of times now. While we were there over spring break this past March, we realized it didn’t feel like a vacation. It just felt like our normal everyday life. We spent the rest of the week and the 14 hour drive home, talking about the possibility of moving to Florida. It all just felt ‘right’. We are planning to be in the Tampa area. It still has that small town sort of feel we were looking for with a tad bit more excitement.
Big bonus!? It also turns out that both my mother and my mother-in-law are moving to Florida as well. They will be in different areas but still in the same state as us which is a huge deal for me. I am very close with my mom. So it would have been really difficult to be that far away from her.
While we are sad to leave Chincoteague behind, we are excited about this new adventure. All the new places to explore, new people to meet, and new opportunities! This move has been in the works for months now, but here we are at the final stretch and it seems soo quick! I’ve already gotten a job teaching in Florida, so we need to be down there a lot sooner than we had anticipated. To say I’m nervous doesn’t really cut it… I’m excited, hopeful, anxious, and stressed. But overall, we know we are making the right choice for us. It feels so good to finally be able to share this exciting adventure with you guys!
Katie and Garrett