A transplant from Vermont, life has changed dramatically for me in the last year. After living my entire 35 years in multiple parts of New England, I’m now Southern by Design.
Moving for my family and I has had its ups and downs. Most would say, “What could be better than the beach?” I will tell you, raising two kids in the same place for their entire lives and then uprooting them as teenagers… Well, are teens ever happy? Seriously though, we are creating some amazing memories, sunrises on the beach, hunting for seashells, walks on the shore and my fave– sand in every nook and cranny!
Our choice for moving south was one of need, the need to get out of northern living! Snow and sub-zero temps for weeks and months takes its toll. But, the lack of sun was by far the hardest! In comparison, there are on average 100 more days a year of sun in South Carolina! 100 MORE, yes that is what you read! Don’t get me wrong, Vermont is a gorgeous state! There are the beautiful mountains and landscape (that I sometimes miss), the foliage, maple syrup, Lake Champlain and if you enjoy winter activities it is perfect. However, one year without the snow, frigid temperatures and sun almost daily– I am a whole new person!
My dream for years had been beach living, usually that conversation ended with, “…when we retire.” Then, we decided that we were outgrowing our home of 14 years. Somewhere in the middle of fixing-up our house and selling, the dream of starting over in the south became a reality. Maybe it was when my husband was asked by someone visiting from out-of-town, “What keeps everyone here, is there an invisible fence?” Or perhaps the many life events and changes (a story for another day) that had occurred in the past few years all “moved” us in this direction. In thee end though, I know, God worked in many ways to get us to this place! I wake up daily feeling blessed and thankful that I get to call the south my new home.
Beach, blessed & family obsessed!
14 responses to “Life Is Better In Flip Flops”
Welcome to the South! I’ve been a southerner all my life and love it here. I know the move must have been very challenging but it sounds like you have adjusted well! Nice to “meet” you!
Thank you! 😊
Oh my! We are opposites here. I’m a northerner, and I lived in The Depp South for seven years, care of the US Army, and I bout died of heat! Haha! I’ll grant you the beach is fantastic, but I need my snow. Right about now, I miss it, lol.
But good for you getting to where you feel you belong. It’s a brave thing to do, to move so far — and you deserve happiness.
I have moved my older kids twice and my younger kids once, and no, they’re never really happy, hm? But they can find their own places later and give us new sights to explore 🙂
Too funny! I am loving the heat. My family definitely wilts though- glad for central air. I do not miss the snow, lol!
Thanks for the encouragement and reading 🙂
My pleasure 🙂
My husband lived most of his life in Connecticut until he moved to the North Carolina coast a few years ago to be with me. He loves to walk on the beach and still marvels at how warm the water is. He says the pace here is much slower, and he’s learning to like it, though he still moves at a faster pace than most people around here. Welcome to the south!
Yes! I have to remember to breathe sometimes in traffic or in the grocery line, lol! But I am loving the slower pace and trade off of the life here! We get up to Sunset Beach, NC 😊 Ty for taking time to respond.
I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award – check it out 🙂
Xoxo, Paige ❤️
Good morning. First off, I hope y’all are paying attention to Hurricane Matthew.
My wife and I moved from Connecticut to Florida 16 years ago and it was the best decision we could have made. We are in the middle of state, so not near a beach. I was reading about the reasons why you left Vermont. You may have lost, but gained so much more.
Yes, we are anxiously awaiting to see and preparing for the possibility of the hurricane. Thank you 🙂
I have family that lives in Bridgeport, CT & just over into MA.
We surely have been blessed! We love it here. Thanks so much for reading and taking time to respond!
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It sounds gorgeous!
I found you over at Jacqueline’s blog party today. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Excellent thank you!