Hello, blog world! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and… yeah, it’s February already. I haven’t been here in quite some time. Okay, I’ve been completely neglecting the blog, but I think I have a valid excuse.
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve moved to Michigan! These southern kids got word right around Thanksgiving that before Christmas would roll around, we would be living in the north. Cue: all types of mixed emotions.
Optimistically, we were really, really excited about the opportunity. We knew we would grow in our marriage and take on a new adventure that neither of us would have imagined for ourselves. We also knew that Michigan is a haven for outdoor-lovers once you make it to the warmer months. However, of course we were nervous! Neither of us had ever left Nashville outside of heading north on I65 for a whole hour to Kentucky for college, but that isn’t exactly the same. Being a minimum of 8 hours away from all of our friends and family was of course a new thought to process.
That all being said, I’m here to tell you, Michigan isn’t all that bad. Even if it is winter!
In fact, we really like it here! There’s a beautiful little ‘lake’ right here in our neighborhood that we’ll be able to swim, kayak, and fish in during the summer. And for now, it’s just plain pretty to look at while it’s snow covered and completely frozen over.
We’re a minute and a half drive away from a dog park for Nala, hiking trails, and a great gym! Above it all, I think my favorite thing about our move is the church we’ve found. Can you believe we fell in love with the very first church we tried up here? Talk about a God send! And believe it or not, people of the south, every person we’ve met have been nothing but friendly and welcoming to us!
Oh, and one of the best things about all of this snow? Snow TUBING!
It hasn’t stopped snowing but for one weekend, and we jumped on the opportunity to explore in the sunshine. This was one of my favorite days here so far.
While we totally miss our friends and family, we’ve been thankful for a season of a slow-down. For the past several years, life has been so hectic for the two of us. Between graduating college, finding our place in the real world, planning a wedding, becoming first time homeowners, getting married, selling a house, and moving half way across the country to a brand new way of living, things have been (at times) a little overwhelming. Since moving to Michigan, we’ve really had time to reflect on how greatly we’ve been blessed and just focus more on our first year of marriage — just the two of us.
So there you have it, friends! The Whites are alive and surviving a Michigan winter! Although Nashville will always be home, this place isn’t so bad! And we’re so excited to see what else God has in store for us during this chapter of our lives.