We. Are. Moving…
…To Michigan. You might be just as shocked reading this as I am writing it! This has been a hard one to process. An emotional decision, but one we are confident is the right step for our family, my husband’s career and ultimately what God is calling us to right now. We have been in a real place of peace about this choice for a while and are excited for this new adventure!
Rewind to last year. 2020 brought so many changes to so many people. The biggest change it brought us was in our hearts. We spent so much time together as a family. Traveling. Playing games. Struggling through virtual school. 2020 taught us that what’s within our 4 walls is the most important thing in this life. That no matter where we live, we’re home together.
That reality doesn’t make leaving an area we love dearly and some of our closest friends any easier! I have to admit that there have been plenty of tears shed in the last few weeks at the thought of leaving our friends. Telling them we’re moving was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But when friends are as good as the ones we have here, you know the friendships will last the distance.
The Move Details
On our first trip to “scout out the area” I had a notebook with 6 different suburbs and in each, neighborhoods, schools and more all lined up. We drove. And drove. And drove. We kept coming back to this one particular neighborhood and although everything was completely shut down due to covid, a sales manager happened to drive up. Like what are the chances he was even around?! We ended up putting a deposit on a lot and left. We waited and prayed and it wasn’t for over a month that we actually agreed to build there. Everything kept falling into place, so we went back up a month later (in the dead of winter – you might remember us in an igloo on Instagram!) and picked out everything for the house. And by everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Cabinets, flooring, paint colors, toilets, shingles, exterior stone. This is our 3rd home build, but it’s been a very different process from our other builds. 2 months later, we had blueprints and we went back for our 3rd trip. We flew up and met with the team of builders, finalized where lighting goes, insides of closets and other things I never realized needed to be picked! We are SO excited about the new house and I can’t wait to actually share all the details that we’ve spent so much time keeping a secret. I have dream boards and collages and so many favorite things saved that I want your opinions on! That will be coming very soon!
Now it’s reality and we will be listing our home here in Lake Norman next month. Our current house is literally our dream home. We love the house, the yard, the neighborhood. If I could scoop this house up and take it there, we would! We plan to stay here through the summer, then head up to Michigan for the boys to start school. The new house won’t be finished until later this year, so we will stay in temporary housing until then. Through all of the uncertainty and waiting, we know that God has directed us to this very place for this season of our lives and I’m really looking forward to creating a home for our family in our new place! We’re going for a “warm modern” style – at least that’s what I’m calling it – and it will be great to be close by to watch as they finish the house up.
To be quite honest? I’m scared I might die of hypothermia! I need good, warm clothes suggestions stat! But we are really excited for winter sports, a white Christmas and the glorious Michigan summers that people talk about! I am looking forward to documenting the new journey here and sharing with you!
My goodness, that’s a CHANGE! How did Michigan become your “go to”? Do you have family there?
And I’m worried you’re going to freeze too lol.
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It’s a job transfer for my husband and one we didn’t feel like he could pass up! It’s going to be an adventure and I will need a whole new wardrobe! 🙂
A year ago my husband, myself and our 4 kids moved 1,700 miles across the country for my husbands job. It was our first move and it was a big one. I was TERRIFIED!! I played out every worst case scenario over and over again. It ended up being the best decision we could have ever made for our family. We are closer than ever. My kids are thriving. My marriage is the strongest it’s ever been. I have no doubt you will experience the same. Congratulations! Can’t wait to follow your journey!
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This makes me so happy to see! Thank you so much for your encouragement. I love that the decision has worked out so well for you!
Welcome to MI! I live in southeast MI. The summers and fall are amazing. Winters not so much but we’ve been lucky this year.
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Thank you! Hoping to fall in love with some winter sports to enjoy the cold months a bit more!