Our first move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin was one I will never forget. From the moment I got the phone call that Tyler would be working in Watertown, WI, I shed tears. I shed tears because I had never left my comfort zone. I shed tears because I was growing up and I wasn't sure where or when that happened. I grew up in Powell, Tn. I went to college at the University of TN. I envisioned my life there for awhile. The moment we learned Tyler's job was a rotational program we never imagined how far it would actually take us. That it would take us to the Midwest, the Carolina's, and now the West coast. Talk about culture shock to this girl.
Wisconsin was the hardest move. Our first week being married I moved away from my family for the first time. I love my family as much or as more as any person I know. That year I learned what cheese curds were, I learned what a real winter looked like, I learned how to lean on the Lord and my marriage more than ever. I also learned how to be a teacher for the first time and how to love on kids that sometimes were, let's be honest, really hard to love. We paid our bills and were completely on our own in the world, for the first time. What a sweet time that really is looking back! When I found out we were leaving Milwaukee for Asheville, I shed tears. I fell in love there. We met GOOD people in Wisconsin. People we loved and cared for. We had our first home there together. It was hard and bittersweet but we were going closer to Tennessee.
Asheville, NC was magical. A BEAUTIFUL place that you could see God's hands were all over in creating that place. Our year was spent making more friends that we loved and seeing family and having an endless amount of visitors. We also got to see most of our best friends get married that year! I loved that time being surrounded by the mountains and people we know. However, Asheville is a small town and we did all that we could in the time there. We needed to see more of America!
So we moved to the West Coast to the most breathtaking area I've ever seen. The Pacific Northwest. Portland, OR. Weird and open minded, some of the most genuine, happiest people live here. We could NEVER go bored out here and that's what made us fall in love here! In our time here we have got to see the coast, Seattle, and stunning parts of British Columbia. Being from Tennessee, these are some things I've experienced that I may never have if we didn't take the chance to leave our comfort zone.
Now our time is up in Tyler's program and brings us to a more permanent home for the next few years. We are going back to where I fell for Aaron Rodgers and cheese....Milwaukee, WI. We are excited and sad to leave Oregon. Isn't moving always like this? I think I've felt more emotions in 3 years than most have in a lifetime. I'm pumped for Ty's new role with his company and even more pumped to be closer to his family and mine!
If I have learned anything in 3 years, it's GO. Take a chance and TRAVEL. If you get the chance to move, DO IT. The people you meet, the experiences you made, the food you eat, the places you see are worth every stressful thought and tears I ever had.