I think this lyric is more than appropriate for this blog entry. In the next week our little family will be making some major life changes. The changes are not bad, but exciting and new. For the past five years Matt and I have called Jacksonville home. I will admit that when I first found out we were moving down here I was not too excited. I knew nothing of the city and we knew absolutely no one down here. Well, things have changed. That new beginning ended Matt's med school days and propelled us into his residency. It sent us to a place where we would spend the next five years growing as a couple and as a family. Jacksonville has become home to us and it will definitely be bittersweet to leave.
The past five years have been challenging, but rewarding. We have made so many friends and memories while living here that it will be hard to say good bye. These close friends have helped us survive the hardships of residency. Neither of us really knew what we were getting ourselves in to when we started this journey and without our family of friends that we have down here it would have been almost impossible. I will miss getting together with everyone to just hang out and celebrating holidays with them because we couldn't make it home to celebrate with our own families.
When this journey first started I didn't think it would ever end. However, time flies and here we are five years later. Matt has accepted a new job and we will be moving closer to family. We are very excited about this move, but we also understand that this will start a new beginning in our lives without the people we've relied on so heavily over the past few years.
I have chosen a few of my favorite pictures of our time here in Jacksonville to share. They are in no particular order at all!
In Vegas waiting for Britney
Headed to the Trauma One dinner
Andrea and me before the Trauma One dinner
Hanging with Lenny at the wax museum
The two of us at the Trauma One dinner. I think we clean up nicely :-)
Family picture when Nate was six months old
Family pictures February 2013
My fifth grade team at Amanda's wedding last year.
Matt, Eric, Andrea, Kristy, and Nate chilling at Black Finn
Kristy and Nate
Matt has to represent in the OR
We will miss being 15 minutes from the beach when we move.
These awesome friends of mine made inservices much more fun!
Scary, I know...
This is what happens when Matt participates in No Shave November and then gets creative with the clippers on the last day.
My sweet friend Bianca who helped me through my year of teaching third grade!
So if you have the best team name at trivia you win a pitcher of beer. I was pregnant with Abby and Matt got called in to work so Andrea had to handle it herself!
Fuzzy shot of us on our first limo ride :-)
Andrea's 30th birthday bash!
Amanda and Catie came to see Miss Abby shortly after she was born
It's always great when we win at trivia!
Amanda and me at the Jags game.
Newborn Abby courtesy of Tasha DeLoach
Andrea and Abby
Nate's 'red' house
We are very excited about this new chapter in our lives. Here's to the new beginning!