Keep Moving Forward

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

-Walt Disney

We’ve been married for 3 years as of this week, and we’re now in the middle of our 3rd move since then. Our last move was just a few blocks, but the move 3 years ago was rough. I left my hometown in Louisiana, my family of 20+ that all live within 15 minutes of each other, my “extended family” of friends, my dad’s church {where I was involved in literally everything}, my job, my dream apartment, my whole life. Well, my whole life other than John who was in Mississippi. Driving 5 hours roundtrip every weekend to see each other for 24 hours got really old really fast, so we went from our first date to our wedding day in under 12 months. And since he’s in ministry, I was the one that got to pack up and move.

So I moved to Pascagoula 3 years ago to start our new life together, and it was not all love and sparkles and rainbows. I cried the first night that we stayed in our apartment together after our honeymoon because I knew that I wouldn’t be going to church and with my family and lunch at MaNan’s house the next day. I loved my husband and I loved being with him all of the time, but my entire life was turned upside down. I sat in our apartment alone most days for the first few months, and I think that I cried almost everyday for the first 6 months or so. The only way that I could describe it was like living on an island.

Somewhere in all of that and the few years after, I found my new “extended family” in Pascagoula. I have lots of friends here now, but these guys are my family. They’re the ones that let us sit on their couch and talk about life until 2am {sorry, Scott}. They’re the ones that make sure that I have a rice crispy birthday cake every year. They’ve let me steal their kids for Disney movie nights. They’ve met us at Sonic for a soft pretzel date late at night. They’ve continuously showed up for us over and over, and I couldn’t love them more if I tried. This is my tribe. Not being within 5 minutes of everyone in these photos is going to be the hardest thing about this move, and we are going to have mandatory beach weekends at our house on a regular basis.

But just like we made it through the first move, we’ll make it through this one. And not just make it through. It’s going to be good. This is where we’re supposed to be, and we’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing. Our tribe will grow a little more, and we’ll add more people to our friend circle. We’ll find a new favorite Chinese take out place. We’ll change our address for our Amazon deliveries. We’ll move into our brand new house. We’ll become Florida residents {what up Disney discount!} Life will keep moving forward. But just because we move forward doesn’t mean that we’ll forget the life that we had here in Mississippi. It’s been a really good one.

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