Did you know that we lived in North Carolina for almost a year?
When my Lovey and I moved to California after we got married, he was playing football at Orange Coast College.
He had a great season and I loved watching every moment of it.
After the season was finished, he made a highlight video and we waited.
There were several schools interested.
There were visits to the house, coaches calling and text messages made back and forth.
It was nerve racking.
Knowing that we didn't know where we would be within the next few months made me nervous.
Change is always scary. At least it is for me.
And then this happened.
Lovey made a trip to Western North Carolina and he liked the fact that they not only were concerned with him they wanted what was best for us as a family.
Kendric boarded more planes in his two week old life than I had in 20 years.
I know, it probably wasn't the greatest thing to do with a newborn but he took it like a champ!
Pretty exhausting, right?
It was such a relief to be with my Lovey.
Three months apart, going through labor and delivery without him was rough but we did it.
My in-laws made their way to Cullowhee with Jack in tow a couple weeks after.
I was able to stay at home with my boys while Lovey went to school and football.
I blogged mainly to keep my family up to date on what we were up to.
I started a weekly Things I've learned post.
It was great for me to reflect on what had happened each week and I was able to try to look at the positive things rather than the negative.
I realize when I first moved to North Carolina I wasn't used to the slow life.
I often got frustrated because there was nothing to do in the small town that we were in and I often felt lonely but I realize now, North Carolina was the best decision we made.
We were able to grow together as a couple.
We relied on each other because we had no one else to go to.
I was able to become a better mother and capture the little things that make being a mother so worth it.
Staying at home wasn't easy and never will be.
It is a 24 hours, 7 days a week, on call, no days off kind of job.
It was a lot but the rewards are so priceless.
Being my kids day in and day out was such a blessing.
It's not a walk in the park but it's so rewarding to watch your children progress day to day.
To see them get so excited to learn new things.
To watch their chubby cheeks turn less and less squishy as the weeks and months go by.
I can't wait to be able to stay home again but until then, I will cherish looking back on the monumental moments I had with my kids and I will look forward to many more with them.
Whether or not I am working outside of the home, I must always remember that my first and most important job will always be being a MOTHER.
Before leaving, I was able to reflect on how much I had grown.
Grown as a woman, a mother, wife and as an individual.
I grew spiritually and will always and forever be grateful for the experience we had in North Carolina.
I will forever have a special place for North Carolina in my heart.
We met so many amazing people.
Life long friends and memories we will always hold dear.
I will say that I am grateful to be back in California. Grateful to be back in the hustle and bustle of the city life. But Cullowhee will always be where we started our own little journey and formed our foundation for our little family.
We learned to communicate better and we learned to pick up where the other lacked.
I learned I was so much stronger than I gave myself credit.
Did you ever live in another state?
Better yet, two?
I never moved out of state until I got married and within the three years of marriage, we've moved to three states.
If you're up for it, you should tell me about it.
I'd love to hear about your life stories!!
Have a great day!