Monday, November 27, 2006

It's official!! We're leaving Savannah and moving to Jacksonville,FL!! Chad got a job in the Fleming Island/Eagle Harbor area teaching Highschool Math at the new Fleming Island Highschool!! Our house is up for sale and we're in the process of buying a 3 bed/2 bath, 1 car garage condo in the Fleming Island area that is 5 minutes from where he works. We are so excited about this for a number of reasons. This particular area where we're moving is one of the best public school districts...we'll be 5 minutes from an excellent new elementary school. Excellent school systems are very important to me - I was homeschooled for 7 years and then attended private school through highschool and college. Because of this, I've been prepared to send our kids to private school since before I knew I was pregnant. It's going to be a plus for our budget to be able to send our kids to public school and feel good about it! We're 2 minutes from a new Target, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Library, Kohls, restaraunts galore and we'll be minutes from all of Chad's family and about 45 minutes from his extended relatives!

Having said all of that - to be honest, this move is a little bitter sweet for me. I'm going to be even farther from my side of the family (Jax is about 2 hours farther drive than Savannah) and we've actually just met a great group of christians in our new homegroup that Chad and I will be sad to say good-bye to. I know we'll make new friends in Jacksonville, and I will just have to accept the fact that road trips to AR will be very much a part of our yearly travel. Overall, I'm thrilled about this move and feel as if this is a step towards reaching our goals and seeing our dreams fulfilled.

What does this mean for the holidays?... Well, obviousely we won't be putting up any christmas decorations due to the fact that we are packing everything away. Surprisingly, I'm ok with this! We're going to Calloway Gardens in Northern GA for Christmas - we'll be renting a cabin in the woods with Chad's family and we're going to set up a Christmas tree there,...Santa will find Shep and Rauly - don't worry!! ;) Well, sorry that was SO long, but I had LOTS to fill everyone in on!

14 comments:

tleaf10 said...

Hey Lindsey...the condo and the school look beautiful! Congrats on the move and I can't wait to come and stay with you guys at the beach! Sorry, I haven't written...I promise I will sometime this week ...Happy Moving!

mindy said...

On behalf of the Palatka Siegels, let me be the first to say a giant "YAY!" about your move! We are so excited that ya'll will be closer and that we will be able to see ya'll and the kids more often. Let us know if we can help with the move!

Kate said...

Yippee! I am so glad that you found this opportunity. The condo looks nice. They must pay teachers pretty well in Florida! Good luck with the move and let me know how things are going. Love ya!

Jenny said...

Well, Lindsey, you know I'm excited! Please let me know what I can do to help--I'm praying for y'all and for all that is ahead. I know that God is going to bless this move and be with you in all you do. We love you guys!

lauren said...

That definitely sounds bitter sweat, but I'm glad that there will be so many pluses to moving there and that it fits in so well with your goals! The condo and high school look very nice!

kristy patterson said...

We are so excited for you guys! You will definitely be in our prayers as you are going through this transition. The condo and high school are beautiful and we know Chad will be an awesome teacher!

Kimberly said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting!

Hicks Family said...

Yea! Yea! Yea! If you keeping moving closer, you could be in Valdosta with me before you know. We are so excited for you. This WILL be a great thing. Love you all!

Mom said...

I'm so glad you'll be closer to family! We'll just have to bite the bullet and travel more to see you guys! You're doing a nice job of coming to see us this year and I am loving it! The school and condo look so nice! You always said how good Chad was at helping you with math. I'm sure the kids will love having him for their teacher! It's extra nice that it's so close to your new home! We'll be praying that you sell your home quickly. Wish we could help, but sounds like you've got lots of offers! Love you!

Lindsey said...

Katie - Although teachers do make more in Fl than in most places, Chad will be opening a side business which is the main reason we can afford to live in this particular condo.

Everyone else - Thanks for your prayers, encouragement and support!! We love ya'll!!!

Jennifer Baber said...

Wow! That is big news! I am so glad you get to live closer to family. Did you know about this opportunity when you were here? If not, that was fast! I'm excited for you! What are you doing for Rauly's b-day tomorrow?

Lindsey said...

Jennifer - We didn't know about it when we were in AR and you're right...when God decides you need to be somewhere he opens all the right doors! We've already celebrated Rauly's b-day so we'll most likely just treat her extra special as we go about a normal routine. We have church homegroup tomorrow night so I'll bring a cake and let her celebrate with her lil' friends. :) What are ya'll doing for Avery since she's turning 2 tomorrow?!!

Justin and Shauri said...

Congratulations Lindsey! That is great news. :) I didn't know Chad had a degree in teaching! It's a very rewarding job and I know he'll do wonderful in this new position. I'll be praying for you guys as you make your jouney. I know this will be a stressful time, but in the end it will all be worth it. Love you! Shauri

nancy said...

WOW, we are so excited about ya'll being closer!! I know Chad is going to make a wonderful teacher. He will be such a positive influence on his students. Let us know what we can do help with the move. Madison will be thrilled!! Love ya'll!!