A couple weeks ago, we announced the difficult decision we made to leave our dream home here in Idaho – the house we thought was our “forever house;” the house we are inching more closely to finishing every day – for a warmer, more temperate climate where I can get better care and hopefully have a better quality of life. (We shared more about the why’s in this post if you’re interested.) At the time we weren’t ready to share exactly where we were moving because it was such a personal decision for personal reasons, and we didn’t want too many outside opinions clouding our thoughts on where that was going to be.
But now that we know for sure (aka, are under contract on a house!), we wanted to share that we’ll be moving to Raleigh, North Carolina! EEEee!! Did you guess it? There were so many guesses as to where we were moving and a few of you even spotted a few easter eggs in stories (you detectives!), but it was fun to hear so many suggestions of places all over the country where you have found a sense of home.
We considered so many different cities and even made a huge spreadsheet–Charlotte, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Southern California, Dallas, Austin, Charleston, Scottsdale, Mesa, Asheville–but for us and our needs and wants, Raleigh hit nearly every mark. An amazing medical hub, affordable living, the weather! (we love that we can still experience all four seasons but a much more mild winter), being close to the mountains and beach, education and the green rolling hills all attracted us to the area.
If you’ve been reading for awhile, you’ve probably heard us mention moving to North Carolina before. It was shortly after having Polly, when my condition started getting worse, that my doctors recommended living in a more temperate climate. We started looking into it, but it felt impossible and hard and we really didn’t want to leave this area, our family, or our friends. More recently, and after a particularly hard winter, we came to realize that a “forever home” wasn’t a structure, it was our three girls and Chris and me and wherever we go together, that’s home.
Over the last 7ish weeks, we have been scouting areas and homes in Raleigh and spent 2 separate weekends there officially house hunting. Our first trip was in early February and no one besides our team and our immediate family even knew that our move there was probable. Even though we talked about it, I imagined visiting with a “this could be our new home” mindset would be totally different and I wanted to give ourselves some time to make sure it was right. As we were driving around, it didn’t take long before the comforting feeling–we could live here–set in. It just felt right and good and warm and happy and a lot of those nervous, scared, worried feelings melted away.
To be clear–a big change is never going to be easy. I’ve definitely cried a lot at the thought of what we are going to be leaving behind. But we’re so confident and excited about what’s in our near future in Raleigh. It was really comforting to know that I could feel at home in a different state. In a new place. In a different climate. In a different house.
And speaking of home–we are under contract on a new-to-us house in Raleigh! We won’t be closing until May, and are anxious to introduce you to our new house then! Stay tuned.
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Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
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