Justin and I have lived in three different states now in our nearly seven years of marriage. We started out in Idaho, then moved on to Colorado (where I thought/hoped we would stay forever) and now we are here in Maryland.
I truly believe that there has been a purpose to us being in each of these places so far. Whether we wanted to be there (or here), or not, we’ve had experiences in each of these places that have changed and improved our lives.
I was reluctant to go to school in Idaho at first. I didn’t know anyone there and all of my friends were going to be in Utah going to school. My plan was to attend BYU-I for a semester or two and then do what I could to transfer.
God had other plans. The first week of my second semester I met Justin. A little over a year later we were married there in Rexburg, Idaho. I had two semesters of school left by that time and then I figured we would move on to bigger and better. Once again, God had other plans. We lived in Idaho for three years and were just getting ready to buy our first home because at that point we figured we were going to be there for a while. Well of coarse, that was not the plan.
Justin got a job that moved us to Colorado! Yes! This is where I wanted to be. Home. Close to family. With friends, old and new. I could be here forever. This job not only got us to Colorado but also provided us with the insurance coverage we needed to be able to try infertility treatments. Those treatments got us our beautiful twin girls. I was liking this part of God’s plan very much! Then Justin got a new job with a different company. After a while we once again started to look at buying our first home. Why not? In my mind we weren’t going anywhere!
Well, same as before, God had a different plan.
Haha, maybe I should stop trying to buy a house.
Justin’s job transferred us here to Maryland. Justin had been out here for work before and always said that he would never live here. But, as soon as he was offered a position here, he was all about it. So here we are, clear across the country. Living down by the bay. Literally. We live five minutes from the very top of the Chesapeake Bay.
We went from living in that beautiful mile high city of Denver, with those great big glorious mountains and most amazing sunsets, to this tiny little town on the bay with one pint sized grocery store. It has definitely been a shock of sorts.
In Denver I felt like I was close to everything. Any kind of shopping you wanted to do was right there. Even Costco was only ten minutes away! Oh how I miss my weekly Costco trips!
I had friends that I could get together with weekly so that we could just get out of the house and have other adults to talk to during the day. I had my mom there. She was so helpful with the girls! I would’ve died without her help that first year.
Everything was familiar. I knew what direction I was going because I just had to look for the mountains. I knew where the good schools were and the good neighborhoods. I was comfortable. I guess that’s when it usually happens. We get nice and cozy right where we are and Heavenly Father decides we need to grow and be stretched and get a little uncomfortable.
I will admit, I was excited for a new adventure. The project Justin is on out here is a five year project so I knew we would be coming back. Five years isn’t that long right?
It feels a lot longer now.
We only have to drive a little ways to another town to go to Wal-Mart and Target. Thank goodness there’s a Target. But any shopping beyond that is at least 30 minutes away. I know that doesn’t sound too bad, but when you were used to all your shopping needs being 10-15 minutes away, 30 minutes is a big deal. Especially when you have to time your trip in between naps and an hour of that is just in the car! And I have yet to find any kind of health food store like a Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Also, to get to Costco, we have to go to Delaware! A whole different state!
There are no mountains so I never know which direction I’m going.
I don’t mean to sound so negative. It’s just a lot of change all at once. Things are very different here. People are different. There are definitely some very nice people, especially at church. But I feel like the professionals that I have encountered have been very short, cold and rude.
But, even with all the change that is hard there are lots of good things about Maryland too.
The giant trees here in the fall are so colorful and beautiful.
We do live so close to the water so when it’s nice out on a Sunday we can drive down to the promenade and walk along the bay. The girls love to see all the seagulls and ducks in the water.
All the states over here are small so things are close and we can do a lot in a short time. My parents were here for a weekend and we ended up crossing in to five different states in two days! We went to Philadelphia one day to visit some of the historic sites there. On that drive we crossed into Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey! Then the next day we went south to Washington D.C. and visited the museums and monuments there. That day we crossed into Virginia as well.
We’ve only barely scratched the surface so I know that there will be many more adventures ahead of us while we are here. We will continue to make new friends and build lasting relationships. We will be stretched and grow as individuals and as a family. We may not know our purpose for being here yet, but I know in my heart that there is one. I’m grateful for God’s plan and I will make the most of the time I have here living down by the bay.