4/12/19

chattanooga living ♥️

since visiting chattanooga in december 2017, rick talking about wanting to live here since i met him and actually moving here i’ve discovered some things i didn’t expect and some things i anticipated! 

i anticipated:
traffic
i didn’t anticipate:
i wouldn’t mind driving in it and actually like the challenge! 
i ’m just thankful for lola my gps !

i anticipated:
a wide variety of grocery stores nearby, all of which were larger than gary’s & the pembine grocery!
i didn’t anticipate:
grocery delivery and how much i would love it!

i anticipated:
lots of restaurant choices & food delivery
i didn’t anticipate:
how many choices we would have and that i actually prefer to go out to eat as opposed to having it delivered!

i anticipated:
lots of shopping options!
i didn’t anticipate:
how many would be within 2 miles of me!

i anticipated:
mega churches 
i didn’t anticipate:
how many churches there would be!

i anticipated:
nice weather
i didn’t anticipate:
how nice the weather would be!

i anticipated:
mountains 
i didn’t anticipate:
seeing them in almost every direction!

i anticipated:
apartment (almost tiny home) life
i didn’t anticipate: 
how tiny our apartment would be, how easy 3 rooms are to keep clean and how much i love it!

i anticipated:
needing to find a job
i didn’t anticipate:
how much i would love the job that God had obviously already lined up for me!

i anticipated:
missing everyone back home
i didn’t anticipate:
though i  miss everyone, technology makes staying in touch so easy, the separation isn’t as bad as i thought it might be.

i anticipated:
rick & i would grow closer to each other because it’s just the 2 of us.
i didn’t anticipate:
how much our relationship would grow even in this short time and how much fun we would have!

i anticipated:
things to do!
i didn’t anticipate:
how many things there are to do, many of them free or very low cost.

i anticipated:
southern hospitality 
i didn’t anticipate:
how true that phrase is! we have encounters so many kind, helpful, friendly strangers that we do truly feel at home here!

i anticipated:
southern drawl.
i didn’t anticipate:
children don’t have one, but, ya’ll, i have a hard time understanding some adults!
😊

i anticipated:
an adventure and hoped it would be an enjoyable one.
i didn’t anticipate:
how much of an adventure it has been, how much i’d enjoy it and how much fun we would have! honestly, i think rick is tiring of me saying to him:
“honey, i  love our new city!”

here are a few more random pictures:












4/2/19

so much change!

i always say i am going to be better at this blog thing and then i get busy and it’s one of the first things to go, even though it’s relaxing for me to write out thoughts, so i’ll try again!

here we are, settled in to our cute apartment in chattanooga...it’s not a “tiny home” but it’s close! we have three rooms! a combination kitchen, dining, living room space, a bedroom and a bathroom ... and we love it! 

i never dreamed i would love city life, and life away from “home” but i have to say, i love it here!

here are a few pictures of our new home and my weekend project, repurposing an old butcher block table into a rolling kitchen island! i posted from my phone and they posted in kind of random order! sorry, i’ll have to try and figure that out! :)

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