I teased that we had a big announcement to share on my Instagram last week, and I’m here today to finally spill the beans…
We have a new adventure coming up. We bought a brand new house AND we are moving to Knoxville!
This might not seem huge to some of you, but it has been rocking my world. Let me back up and explain a little.
My husband started a new job for the State of Tennessee the week of the fire. Yup, our house burned his second day on the job. We knew going into this new career that relocating to East Tennessee was a strong possibility and agreed that if it came to that, we would go for it. Then the fire happened. And our world was rocked. I talked myself into believing that we would be staying in Nashville, because I couldn’t handle the thought of another huge life change. I didn’t want to be so far from the family and friends who helped us through such a hard and stressful time. However, we found out at the end of February that staying in Nashville wasn’t going to be a possibility after all, so the hunt for a new home – in the Knoxville area – officially started.
I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been struggling. A lot. I cried for a full 48 hours after Micah told me we were for sure moving. I’m naturally a worrier, and I struggle with anxiety. Change is so difficult for me. I’ve cried more tears over this move than I did over losing our home and all of our belongings. Bananas, I know. Maybe that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Who knows. I’ve had a few months to wrap my head around the change, and while I’m not crying 24/7 anymore, its still hard.
Now onto the house part of this new adventure…. House hunting is stressful. Plain and simple. Add in distance, a heaping load of life stress and sheesh. Thankfully, Micah rarely gets overwhelmed (unlike me) and took the bull by the horns when he was in Knoxville for work. He found our house all by himself and put an offer in on it without me even seeing it. Just let that sink in for a moment. I was able to see the floor plan online, and he sent me a few rushed videos, but that was it.
So many of my friends have remarked that I was brave to let Micah choose our new home, but I think it was just what I needed. I was too emotional. Too overwhelmed. Too anxious. Having Micah find our house, even though we didn’t plan on it happening that way, ended up taking some of the mental strain off of me.
Instead of going with a fixer like our blue house, we opted for a new construction in a small neighborhood outside of Knoxville. The house was a few weeks from being completed when we put in our offer and we closed on it last Friday.
I apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I quickly snapped some before shots before we unloaded things into the house. You can go to my Instagram and check out my stories for a full video tour of the house, too!
We haven’t officially made the move yet. We’re planning on taking the next few weekends to move our things down there slowly. While this is a bittersweet time for me, I am excited about finally being in our own space again. Such a blank slate holds endless possibilities!
Thank you, again, for all of your love and support since January. I hope you’ll continue to follow along on this journey with us and see where it takes us!
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