The News

Ok, so I can't wait any longer. And some of you are antsy. And no, I'm no pregnant. that won't be happening again! So here's the deal. I'm going to be sinking my toes into beautiful white sand . . . A LOT.






For someone who has never moved but to Carbondale and back for college, this is big. Here's the scoop.

Neil has been offered a new position with his company to run an oil processing plant in Miami. He's going to accept it and by the end of February, he will be working as the manager of this place! Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening but we feel like this is what we are suppose to do. We both feel incredibly at peace about the decision.

I am so very excited and happy but really scared too. Going to a new state hundreds of miles away, 20-some hours driving a car!, where over half of the people speak Spanish and use it as their first language, where the city is so crowded they can only built up, where it's a mandatory evacuation zone in hurricanes - these things are a bit frightening to me! But on the flip side, there are so many exciting things that I don't think I can list them all here. But what an experience it will be to live on the ocean, to learn Spanish, to be in the mist of celebrities, pink buildings, art deco everywhere (!), to be able to sink my toes into the warm sand every single day. I am so excited. So very excited.

I am very sad that we are leaving our family and friends. I hope people will come visit us. And thank God for the internet now and all the other technology that makes moving so much easier on everyone. Also, we are not going to be gone for long. 2-3 years max they tell us. Long enough to get use to the Florida sun and not want to see snow (or ice - sarcastic "haha") again!

So, when is this happening? IN FEBRUARY. Yep, that soon. So we have a gizillion things to do between now and then. It's less than 2 months away! (What have I gotten myself into?!) Our house is a disaster. So many things to organize, throw out, put into storage . . . If anyone wants to come help me, feel free! I am sure I could use the help, and if you don't want to help, maybe someone to just drink a glass of wine with (hint, hint). I'm really excited about this but it's really overwhelming and I am going to miss everyone a lot. I don't think that part has sunk in yet. I am also really going to miss my house. We've been here 6 years and I think it might even miss us.

So, that's my news. How's that for news from ME! Off on a new wonderfully fabulous journey. Come see me . . . February will be here so soon . . . *tears*


Cerella said...

OMG!!! I didn't see that coming! Congratulations on this wonderful opportunity! I'm soo glad that we have our blogs to keep us connected!

Alexis Jacobs said...

You know I will visit :wink wink: I have already mapped out 1/2 way between our houses.


Jamie said...

Val count us in for a visit haha. Just think how much more awesome our girl trips could get while your there!!!

leeshaswafford said...

Wow this is huge! I'm so excited for you and your family.

I won't be able to come help (during the day), but if you need me to keep the kids just give me a call :)


Corie said...

Val~ You already know that I am so excited for you and your family! Living by the ocean has got to be amazing. Keith and I are usually in FL at least once a year, so we will definitely be looking you up! :) I doubt you will have a problem getting family and friends to come visit!!!!!

Chel said...

We just moved to Central Florida a few months ago, and we are slowly adjusting. Leaving home is really hard, but there are also really wonderful things about living here. For instance, it was 80 degrees outside today!

Be careful in Miami, though. People drive like crazy down there. :)

Jen said...

Te gusto la playa y el sol? Cada dia es muy bonita. I think it is wonderful, and WE will also figure out the half-way point. Val, put on your salsa dancing shoes. Adios.

Val, that's me said...

You guys all rock! Thanks for the warm wishes. I am really excited and it helps to have people so supportive. xo

Rick said...

From South Florida, SotP welcomes you and your family to a place that, at times, can be paradise. Give us a shout if you have any questions.


Tere said...

Welcome to Miami, Val. I'll happily answer your questions from a mommy perspective.

Michelle said...

Congrats!! What an awesome opportunity! We're very excited for you! We too, will be among the many visitors it sounds like you will have! :)


B said...

Welcome to Miami and it's BS housing market. Expect to pay between $375,000.00 and $500,000.00 for a fixer-uper in a decent neighborhood. No, seriously.

Chel said...

We were stunned at the housing market when we moved to Florida in June. It really is more than you'd expect. Good luck finding that perfect place.

Anissa said...

Congratulations Val! That is very exciting news. What a wonderful way to experience a change in your life. And yes, Matt and I will be visiting so make room baby!