Jacksonville, Florida has been our home now for just about four years. This is officially the longest we’ve ever lived anywhere and it’s safe to say I’m attached. I remember when we first found out we were moving to Jax I was less than thrilled. I was a “west coast” girl and I wasn’t sure I could love anywhere as much as I loved San Diego. Yet, from the minute we arrived, Jacksonville stole our hearts. The lush greenery, the proximity to the most beautiful beaches, the food, and the people were all things that I have loved about living here. Not to mention the great location (Jacksonville is within driving distance to many great towns throughout the southeast). We found out recently that our time in Jacksonville will come to a close this summer and I don’t have mixed feelings about it. I’m downright sad. If you’re new here, Matt is in the Navy so every few years we pick up our entire lives and move where ever they tell us to (I’m not bitter). Usually, I go along rather cheerfully because I do love an adventure but this time… it feels different.
Where we are going
We are moving to Twentynine Palms, California. If you’ve never heard of it – don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. Twentynine is pretty legendary in the military world for being the orders everyone dreads. It’s a Marine Corps base in the high desert of California. It’s located about an hour away from Palm Springs, about three hours from San Diego, and three hours from Las Vegas. When we got the call, I was in disbelief because it really hadn’t even been on my radar as possible options (we generally have a few ideas of where we could possibly go). I took some time to digest it before sharing with others because I never want to seem ungrateful or negative. Matt has a good job and we’re thankful every day for it but that job is making us move across the country to a place that isn’t on my top list of “places I’ve always wanted to live.”
For this move, my initial reaction was not one of excitement (again, I was
What about our house
What this means for our house is that we will be selling it. That is so hard to say because as a family we love this house. You may recall, we closed on this house just days after we brought Millie home from the hospital. She would lay in her pack and play while we had the flooring laid, changed out every baseboard, and painted every wall. In a dramatic sense, selling it seems like losing a family member. I’ve written in the past about making every house feel like home, but this place has been the homiest of home for my family. I’m pretty confident that the next family to live here will feel the same way. We considered keeping it and renting it out as an investment property for a while because we do have dreams of coming back to Jacksonville after Matt retires but in the grand scheme of things, we couldn’t definitively say that this would be our forever house and since we couldn’t, it seemed right to go ahead and let it go.
That being said, we’ll go back to base housing. If you’re a MHB OG then you know that this blog began because I was decorating our San Diego base house and I wanted to share my ideas. It feels a little full circle to be going back to that now. I am excited to share my temporary decorating ideas with you guys again!
This will by far be the biggest of moves in terms of loss for the girls. We moved here when Peighton was just two. She had her third birthday here, started preschool here, and Millie was born here. Both girls have some deep roots in Jax even at a young age. I appreciate how resilient kids are though. I know Peighton will have a hard time saying “see you later” to her dearest friends that she’s known since the tender age of three but I also know that she’s the kindest and friendliest kid that making friends won’t be hard. Both girls will dearly miss our neighbors, the surrogate grandparents that we’ve enjoyed seeing each day for the last three years.
Our neighbors, they’ve been the girls’ popsicle dealers, funny storytellers, and just all around best friends. We’ve passed hours sitting on their porch watching for alligators in the back pond, drinking cold cokes, and talking about everything.
There’s definitely no easy way to pick up your life and move it across the country, even if “it’s what you signed up for.” It’s taxing on everyone but we do try to focus on the adventure and not the sadness of leaving. We try to appreciate the opportunity instead of the loss. So here we go, onto our next adventure. Twentynine, we’re coming for ya!
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