On May 10, 2019, at around 9:30 at night, I pulled into the driveway of our new house in Arkansas with our 5 tired but very excited kids. We left Lakewood, Colorado around 7 that morning, drove by the home we lived in as a family for the last 12 years and hopped on the highway heading southeast. All of us had tears running down our cheeks as we said good bye to the Button family who helped us pack and load moving trailers, fed us and housed us for 10 days after our home closed on April 30th.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was very excited to see Phil, my mom and our dogs but I was quite nervous to be leaving the only state I’ve called home. I had (and fortunately still have) an amazing support system in Colorado. Saying goodbye to my dearest friends Laura and June was incredibly difficult. I was preparing myself for a very lonely few months or more once arriving in Fort Smith. As an introvert, developing deep friendships can take a long time for me. I’m not very good at chit chat and it’s difficult for me to think of things to ask people. I generally try to think of what Phil would ask someone… he’s great at talking to anybody!
I can honestly say however, that in the year we’ve been here I’ve only felt lonely a couple of different times and it only lasted for a day or two. We have been blessed to get connected to an amazing church in Alma, we are part of a thriving homeschool community and all of us are building some wonderful, God honoring friendships.
I think there were some people back in Colorado who thought it would be incredibly difficult for me to connect to anyone here. I think it was generally thought that I would regret our decision to move to Arkansas. Yet, I LOVE it here… truly! The seasons are beautiful. Our kids can play in the rain and get soaked and not be cold… so different from Colorado. Flowers start blooming here in April and everything gets green fast. I really enjoy living in a much smaller city. I miss Sprouts and Vitamin Cottage but am able to find most things at a variety of stores. The storms can be intense but people have lived here for hundreds of years so really, if God is ready to take me home than all is well!
Friends, I am so blessed to be here. I have no regrets in our decision to move. My first morning waking up in Arkansas was on my 48th birthday. What a gift!
Now… we just needs more out of state friends and family to visit… or better yet… move here!