Hello Florida & Deployment

It’s been a while since I have posted and that’s because Joe and I moved to FLORIDA. This is the third move of 2018; luckily, it is going to be the last move for at least 3 years (God willing)! I can finally fully unpack, settle in, and decorate. It has been a lot of fun making our new apartment into our home. It’s also a little weird that this is our home now. For the past year we have been bouncing around and now we are going to be in one spot for the next 3 years. Honestly, moving is exhausting and I am so excited to not have to pack another box for a long time.

The two day trip down here from New York was interesting and uneventful at the same time. We were worried the whole time that we would run into closed roads because of a hurricane that had just passed through but, thank God there were no road closures on our trip route. We drove separately and I got lost from Joe a couple of times because he liked speeding through yellow lights and leaving me behind at the red light (insert eye roll here). Our youngest cat, Percy, slept on my lap the entire way down and our other cat, Cali, slept in the back when she wasn’t crying lol. IMG_1615.JPGAnd luckily, the hotels we reserved were great! The trouble didn’t come until we actually got to Florida. By the time we got there, the leasing office for our apartment complex was closed and there was no way to get our keys (they would not leave them and we had no one to pick them up). So, after two days of travel we had to stay at yet another hotel in a pretty odd place because no other hotels near our apartment allowed pets. We were approached by a woman about her “mobile flea market”. She had a bunch of “antiques” (old lamps, picture frames, and clothes) laid out around her truck and mind you it was 9:30 at night and there was no one else around but, she was really nice and seemed to be enjoying what she was doing. And I got to experience Steak n’ Shake for the first time so, that made up for not being able to go to our apartment. In the end, we made it to our apartment the next morning and were able to get our keys. We were in awe when we got to see the inside of the apartment since, we never traveled down here before signing the lease. It definitely beat our expectations. We instantly fell in love and felt totally blessed.

Our next hurdle to get over was actually moving in…. Our apartment is on the third floor and we did not hire movers. So, it was just Joey and I carrying all of our furniture up two flights of stairs. It was over 90 degrees that day which meant frequent breaks (like after every trip for me) and lots of water drinking. But, we did it and got everything in the apartment without any injuries. Granted, Joey carried most of the boxes because I am waaaayyyy too out of shape to be going up and down two flights of stairs lol. He was such a saint that day, he took over when I was completely exhausted without complaining once.

The mountain we are currently facing is deployment. Coming down to Florida we knew that Joe would only have a few weeks before he would have to leave. This meant that we wPLJN8360.JPGould have to make the most of our time together in our new home and that is exactly what we did. We went to our first NFL game, went to the city zoo, had many game/movie nights in the apartment, and just enjoyed each others company. Honestly, we created some of the best memories these past couple weeks. Unfortunately, the time passed too quickly and deployment came. It’s scary and unnerving but, it’s also a time for us to grow individually and in our relationship. The distance and time spent apart is always temporary. Goodbyes are hard but, they make hello’s so much sweeter. We’ll get through this just like we have gotten through everything else. God will get us through it because He is our strength and shield.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Updates to follow!


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