Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Movin' on Up, To The East Side...

...Of the Country.


In the last few months I have hinted around about big things happening in the La Vida Dulce household. 

The Mister and I have been praying over some big decisions that we needed to make since before the New Year. 

I have been wanting to write about them, but because of the sensitive nature of my husbands job, (and the fact that he works for an often slow moving government: and all the military wives said "Amen!") I didn't want to bring y'all in the know until everything was completely official.

If you are new to La Vida Dulce, then you may not know that we are a military family who has moved all across the southern part of the country. Since 1996 we have moved five times. 

In less than seven short weeks, we will move again.

Sixteen months ago we jumped on an opportunity to move to The Desert Town where both The Mister and I had been raised.  We were excited to get back, but we were also very sad to leave our home in North Carolina. 

We knew that this is where we needed to be, and yet were very confused when our house in NC wouldn't sell. We prayed and hoped, but things never worked out the way we planned.

God orchestrated the renting of our NC house to an empty-nester couple who are friends of ours. It worked out perfectly, unlike anything we could have put together our self (as God's plans tend to work). 

I am intentionally being vague when I tell you that after several months of working at this job, it became clear that The Mister didn't want to retire here, so he began to see what opportunities would open up within the next year. 

Imagine our surprise when there was an opportunity in NC, in the same town we had lived in before!

I am excited to tell you that we are moving back to NC in less than seven short weeks.  Back into The House That Would Not Sell; The home I adored.

One of the things that is hard about moving is leaving family and friends behind. There is an excitement on our part to look forward to a new adventure (especially this time when we know a little bit of what that adventure looks like), but we are also awesomely aware that those who are left behind are often left with a void that isn't easily filled. 

Many years ago, when I realized that my marriage would most likely require a lot of moving, I made a decision to make my home "any place The Mister had to go." Because home is not really about where you are living, but who you are living with. 

I believe that this attitude (which came through learning the hard way) is why I have enjoyed friendships all over the country. Getting involved in the lives of others is sometimes painful, and yet it is one of the greatest joys of being a military family.

So now begins what I call the "Time for Goodbyes".  It's a bittersweet time. Although this time it doesn't seem quite so bad because I know I will be back here to visit, whereas the other places we have lived I never knew when the opportunity to go back for visits would come.

It's at times like this that I am grateful for this platform, because things here will be the same...and my friends around the country can still have a cup of coffee with me as they visit the blog...

Now comes the busy time as we plan logistically for another trip across the country. It is certain to bring lots of blogging fodder and excitement!

La Vida Dulce!

20 comments:

Darcie said...

Sigh....

I will miss you.

But, I am so happy that things have worked out for your family in the way that they clearly were meant to.

And I can't wait to hear about the adventure to come.

Lindsay said...

yay the east coast! Moving is tough.. I moved a lot as a kid..my dad told me that moving makes you stronger and I was about 9 I told him I would be so strong I would be an American Gladiator. LOL NC is so beautiful!

SB said...

Oh, the tale that we MilSpouses know too much. Saying goodbye again...but that's the price of loving a military man.

Good luck on the PCS move.

Blue Skies said...

Yay! Maybe I'll make it up to see you this time during this duty station!

jen said...

Ah, another military family and another move! We just said good-bye to two couples who have been dear, dear friends to us; we'll be packing (though we don't know where yet) in a year probably.

It truly is one of the hardest things I can imagine, yet God has been so faithful to teach us new things at each new place!

Keep us posted on your move!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Isn't it great when we let God plan our lives!

Good luck with the move!

I live in NC - welcome home!

Tanya said...

Wow! That is so cool how God worked everything out. I love that God orchestrates today's events so that tomorrow is set before it begins. I'll be praying for you through the moving process. My husband was raised in a military family with all the moves. The longest he lived anywhere was four years, so every two years or so he gets the itch to move. We have lived in five homes and four states in the nine years we've been married. :)

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I'm laughing a little just because a) I grew up with an Air Force dad and I know exactly of what you speak, b) we just moved back into our old same house surrounded by old friends and c) the place we just moved from is where Andy's family is so we also HAVE to go back to visit... Too funny!

spaghettipie said...

What a big, crazy, amazing plan God has! I'm excited for you.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

Wow -- that's a lot of moving, but God really does work it all out. How neat to be able to step back and catch a glimpse of His bigger plan in all of this. It's so exciting!

Michele said...

Congrats on the move. I will be praying for you guys. I love NC!!! My sister used to live in Waxhaw, outside of Charlotte.

Tiffani Long said...

...to a dee-luxe apahment in the sky-high...

wow...lots of emotions in this move, no doubt...I will be thinking and praying for you..and now we'll be like "neighbors"...Atlanta isn't THAT far ;) You're leaving the town behind but taking your memories with you and that's the best way to do it!! Have a wonderful day and thanks for sharing with us...

Chel said...

How completely exciting and sad. I'll be thinking about you as ya'll make this transition.

Mrs. Moofish said...

Talk about bitter-sweet!
I am very happy for you all, but very sad for me! I have been so blessed by the time we've had! I love you, my sis! (And, my brother, nephew and niece!)
Dana
(I'm trying to take every chance I get to tell you!)

Lisa said...

YAY! you're moving to my side of the country!:-)

I can't wait to hear about your move and all the good things to come. I'm happy for you. But saying goodbye is hard. BLOG! Everyone will HAVE to keep up.;-)

Carrie said...

What an wonderful example of obedience to God's will for your life. You cooperation to moving and making your home with your Husband is just a great example of your commitment to him. Good luck and I hope that you enjoy your home in NC. Welcome back to the east side of the country.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

You sure have a lot going on, don't you?? :) Wow...I sort of think of you as my "neighbor" even though we are still many hours apart. But I'm happy for you guys, as it sounds like it will be a good thing for your family. Hope the next few weeks go smoothly for you as you get everything packed up...wish I lived close enough to help you out.

I love what you said about the blogging community...you just take us with you wherever you go, and that's so comforting!

sari said...

Good luck with your move!

And I agree, "home" is more who you're with than where. I'm glad that your family is such a wonderful one.

It is also hard to let God handle things. I know so often I get so upset because I just can't make things work, when I'm not the one who is really doing anything anyway!

byebyepie said...

Yay! yayayayay! You will be in my state! Not my state of mind, lucky for you, but my actual state!!!!!

Oh, I am excited! We must talk soon!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Seven weeks, huh? I will pray that your family will be able to leave well.

I just read Moriah's comment...and honestly, the similarity in your story is amazing.