Gainesville. It’s been a little over a year since we moved back to Gainesville, this time with two kids and established careers.
I am sitting here this morning drinking my coffee and reflecting over this past year. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least.
We sold one house and bought another. We completed gutted and renovated the new house, that is “almost done” (we will be saying that for years!).
We sold a business. I quit my great job as a Marketing Director. My husband and I both took on new jobs—him in construction management and me working from home as a marketing software consultant.
Both kids started new schools. Both have transitioned quite well. Each are involved in sports and activities. Both have kept their grades up. And both have made some great new friends while building stronger connections with their cousins.
We said our final goodbyes to two family members.
I even caved in to let the kids get a puppy!
Yet, throughout all the chaos and disruption in our family, we have been able to persevere and have some fun.
Even though we have lived in South Florida and Orlando and made lifelong friendships, nothing feels more like home than Gainesville.
Even its only been a short time since living here as an “adult” and raising my family, I feel the sense of community and spirit that the city provides. It also helps to have many extended family members in town.
I hope that you find the sense of home in your community. If you don’t, it is possible to make steps to find that.
We decided two years ago to make this change. It took courage, but the rewards are worth it.