Well, as it turns out, Lloyd Christmas and I have something in common: we both hate goodbyes (that’s a Dumb and Dumber reference for those of you who are scratching your heads!).
After 12 wonderful years in Knoxville, TN, we are moving to Tallahassee, FL.
How do you say goodbye to the people and the place where you’ve spent over a decade?
Knoxville is where Greg and I bought our first home.
All three of our children were born in Knoxville.
When Greg and I moved to East Tennessee 12 years ago, it was farther from family than I had ever lived. We were truly on our own, and we dug roots…deeper than we ever imagined we would.
It’s been a good ride. Life has really happened during our time here. Greg and I both grew up a lot. Greg got his feet wet in a different area of collegiate athletics, and he found out that it was something he was good at and really enjoyed. I began a different career path in the home.
Bittersweet is the word I would use to describe this move. We are leaving an amazing community, but we are also on to new adventures in Tallahassee, FL. This is a place that Greg is very familiar with (his alma mater) and that I will learn about quickly. We are going from one university (The University of Tennessee) to another one (Florida State University).
We have blanketed this decision in prayer. Oh, if you knew the “behind the scenes” leading up to all of this! It is not a decision we made lightly. There has been wise counsel and research and lots of prayer.
When I’m reading a really good book, I tend to put the brakes on during the last couple chapters because I don’t want it to end. That’s how I feel in this chapter of our lives. We have been in the middle of a really good story, and now that it is coming to an end, I’m savoring every second. With every place I go and every person I see, my thoughts quickly turn to, “This could be the last time.”
I don’t have time, however, to slow down too much, as this move will be a fairly swift one. Greg will report down to FSU in the next month, so it will be a whirlwind of activity. Perhaps that is best…not much down time to get emotional. All of my to-do lists will keep me occupied.
I’m scared. I’m excited. I’m scared because of several things: farther from my family in Ohio, new place, new people, new schools, new routines, new culture. It will not be my comfort zone for awhile. On the flipside, however, I’m excited for those very things (except being farther from my family!) as well. It will be a clean slate, a blank page, a fresh start. As we do a lot of “lasts” in the next month, we’ll also look forward to a lot of “firsts.”
And if I’m being frank, home is wherever your heart is, and my heart is with my people: Greg, Colton, Josey, and Wyatt. I love them fiercely, and we will start over in Tallahassee. Transitions can be difficult, but we are resilient and game for wherever the Lord takes us in this life.
To my Knoxville friends, you will be greatly missed. Many of you have become “Framily,” which means that your friendships turned into living life so closely with one another that you were really like family members to us. We have cried together, laughed at each other, comforted each other during the hard times, and applauded each other in the good times. You have touched our lives and made an impact that will last forever.
If you think about us, please lift us up in prayer as we make this move.