life

Our new life in DC

This is our third move in almost 6 years of marriage. Welcome to life in DC.

Life in DC

We moved to Fort Drum, NY in 2011.

We moved to Fort Benning, GA in 2013

And now we’ve moved here in 2016.

Life In DC

Each time we move it presents a new set of challenges. We moved the first time knowing he would be deploying a month later. We moved the second time while I was 38 weeks pregnant and prayed I wouldn’t go into labor on the drive. We moved this time knowing we’d be ripping our kids from their schools and having them start in a new one mid-year.

We moved from a house with a huge yard to a townhouse with barely any grass. I left a town where I knew everyone and I could throw a rock to my Starbucks and Target. Now? I can’t get anywhere without jumping on the highway and driving at least 15 minutes. I have to fight my kids on what they’re wearing every day because they are so used to asking me ” is it cold out today?” Because in Georgia, it can change in an instant.

I know you might be thinking, poor me. But that’s not my point in this. I’m just stating the fact that we’ve had a lot of change in a short period of time. We’re all stressed out, out of our element, out of our routine, and at each other’s throats. The house still isn’t finished and unpacked and it seems as though all of these changes and life in DC are hitting me a lot harder than I thought they would.

I never thought I would miss Georgia as much as I do. But I’m really homesick. Home has and always will be Cleveland, Ohio. But I’m realizing that Georgia was home too. Just like New York and my college in Oxford, Ohio was home too. Because for the span of time I was there, it’s where my heart was. I left a piece of my heart in each of these places and never got them back.

Of course my heart is wherever my family is. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t miss the other places and the life I made there. I know we’ll find a new normal and have a wonderful life in DC. It has only been a few weeks. But this is the reality and truth of moving so often. And it never gets easier.

But it’s an adventure right? One day at a time. We’ll make new friends and create new memories with our life in DC. Of course, never forgetting the people and life we left behind. But boy do I miss that right now… Be sure to check out more of our moving posts before you go.

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10 COMMENTS

  • Sarah Doolan

    I love reading your blog posts so much! You are always so real and relatable 🙂 also, I love your Snapchats; they always crack me up. I am going to miss your weekend Snapchat shenanigans with your GA friends line dancing. I always enjoyed waking up and laughing at them! I am confident though that you will make new friends to go line dancing with in DC too (although the line dancing may not be the same because it’s not the South 😜) I look forward to following along yalls journey in DC! Good luck!

  • Emily

    I don’t have kids and have never been forced to move because of a job (like the military), but I totally understand what you’re going through. Moving is so tough, and you really do leave your heart in places. Settling into a new place with no community is really hard. I’ve been in our most recent city for a year now and still don’t feel 100% settled. It’s tough, but take it a day at a time. Community will come and hopefully the kids will adjust to their new schools fairly easily.

  • Crystal Marie

    DC is beautiful. Stay warm! I have friends living there and they adore it 🙂

  • Belle

    Welcome to DC! It really is hard to move especially far away from your friends and family! I hope you like it here!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Autumn

    It gets easier. The traffic is awful anytime of day on 495. You’ll learn back ways quickly. I live near Ft. Meade (near Annapolis, MD) if you ever wanna chat.

  • Keating

    I hope your move gets better girly! We’ve been in San Diego about four months now and I still hardly feel settled here. it’s just not home and as much as I’m trying to get used to it, I’m already counting down the days until we move back home next year.

  • Liane

    I can so relate to how your feeling at the moment. We only moved two towns away but with not driving and relying on public transport it feels like I moved miles away! The house doesn’t feel like home yet and I go from feeling optimistic to defeated in about 2 seconds. Everyone keeps telling me that it will get better!
    I hope you settle in soon!

  • Mae

    We moved about six months ago now and I can finally say that I am starting to settle in. I have not enjoyed this moving process I have been insanely homesick. But as of late, things have gotten much better for me. I am hoping that with time you too start to feel settled.

  • Alexis

    Oh girl, I can only imagine what you are going through. While I don’t have kids, I have moved to different places in my short 24 years of life and it’s hard. It’s hard to go from a place where you know people and feel welcomed to a new place where you have no friends. I now live in my fiance’s hometown and while i love it here, it’s away from my family, from places to go and do things, and people here aren’t the nicest to outsiders. Plus, I find that it’s hard to make friends as an adult. I hope things get better for you. PS- your office is absolutely gorgeous (I saw on InstaStories), and now I want to add some of it to mine! If you ever need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out. I know I don’t understand completely but sometimes it’s nice to have an outsider to talk to. xoxo

  • Kelly

    It certainly is an adventure and I can’t wait to hear more about how you like it!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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