Monday, August 13, 2012

2 Weeks of Settling.

Well, everyone, I'm finally in Richmond! The chaos started Friday night when my wonderful Dad and I started to pack the Mountain Shark (his Tacoma) and when the most bravest man of them all came to my house to tackle my closet- Cadman. We huffed, puffed, and color coordinated everything into black plastic trash bags only to stack them up in the Black Pearl (my RAV4). I had to say goodbye to his family and the office on Friday, which was nothing short of heart wrenching, but thankfully, I get to see everyone over Labor Day weekend.

Moving is stressful, scary, terrifying, horrible, and absolutely annoying as all get out. I'm not one to moan and groan, but between dumping my stuff in Richmond to running down to Williamsburg to work for a week has been slightly stressful and really scary. While stressful, scary, terrifying, horrible, and as absolutely annoying moving is, it certainly has its perks. I get to become closer to my aunt, which I've always wanted, I have wonderful friends in this area (not to mention the brave man who tackled my closet),  a campus that is so beautiful that it is jaw dropping, a choice of churches around to look at attending, two wonderful, supporting families even at a distance, art museums to get lost in, a ton of libraries, music events, and just a lot of potential to explore in general. While I am slightly frazzled, stressed, and extremely tired, I am looking forward to the opportunities that I will chase. But for this week, I am going to teach, try to relax some at the best coffee shop in Williamsburg, spend my time with two great friends of mine, and get used to living in Virginia.

Did I mention trying to drive with all of these different traffic laws? Sheesh.

Anyways, I apologize for such a short, slightly uneventful post, but I have a long day ahead that includes saying goodbye to my two best friends (yes, my parents) as they head back to Georgia.

As I've said, never forget those who help you get to and reach your goals. God, your family, and true friends will always hold you and push you far above your goals and potential.

Until later this week,

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Moving Forward & to Virginia.

I was going to write this tomorrow, but my never ending list of last minute things is interrupting my writing flow. I apologize for the short, bittersweet post!

Well, about a year ago today, I thought I had said goodbye to 

the possibility of moving to Virginia. Now I am leaving early

Saturday morning for a new adventure in Richmond, Virginia, 

and I couldn't be more excited and nervous at the same time! I 

will be stopping in Richmond for the weekend, booking it to 

Williamsburg for a week, and then making a trip to Lexington 

to spend a week with Cad. I will also, hopefully, be making a 

short flight back down to Atlanta to meet Governor Deal who 

will have my photography, as well as my Father's amazing 

photography, hanging in his office area! I'm so excited and

nervous for the weeks to come!

The following is from my Dad with regards to moving. He always 

sneaks a post on my wall when a major life event is about to take 

place. I, of course, was sitting at my boyfriend's house, on the 

couch, minding my own business, and started tearing up when I 

saw this! Ah!

And yes....this is me at about 10 months comparing my tummy to 

the size of the pumpkins. 

Even before we moved here in August 2003, Sarah was never too far from Rabun County. Somewhere in a photo album we have a picture of Carol during a picnic at Black Rock Mountain State Park -- two days before we discovered she was pregnant with Sarah. This picture was taken at a roadside stand between Clayton and Tallulah Falls (does "Fiddle Creek" sound familiar to our Rabun friends?) on our way back to Buford.

In a few days, Sarah will move to Virginia to continue her education at the University of Richmond. We were more fortunate than many parents since Sarah completed her undergrad at Piedmont College just 20 miles away from home. Sure, she was in the dorm and had her own apartment, but she wandered in and out of the house at random over those four years. We will miss that terribly, but are thankful for iPhones, webcams, Skype and FaceTime.

Sarah will probably never again live in Rabun County. We hope for long visits as she completes her education and begins her career, but days under our roof will henceforth always be numbered. This is difficult to grasp and accept, but we are proud of Sarah's accomplishment and her direction.

Thank-you to all our friends in Rabun County who accepted and embraced Sarah (and us) when we move here 9 years ago. Rabun is home and I'm sure Sarah will never be too far away, in spirit if not in presence.

Moving on and forward is scary, invigorating, and exciting all at the same time. For those of you making a large, mediocre, or very tiny move in your life, always remember the people who helped you get there, whether it be a positive or negative influence! :)

Until Williamsburg, Virginia,