In this very first blog that I have ever written, I am excited to share how much my family and I have fallen in love with our new home, the "little" town of Lousiville, KY. Over the last 12 years, my family and I have been on quite the adventure searching for where we felt we belonged. We have lived in Toledo, OH, Sylvania, OH, Suttons Bay, MI, Grand Rapids, MI, Austin, TX, and now, at long last, Louisville.
Snow vs. Buttered Grits
...we could not figure out if we should live "Up North" in the land of ice and snow, or "Down South" in the land of y'all and buttered grits.
There is good reason why we are so excited to be here. A little history will help you to understand. As the years of establishing our family of 5 progressed, we realized that we did not have any clue where we truly belonged. We knew we had a love of things to do and being outdoors, but we could not figure out if we should live "Up North" in the land of ice and snow, or "Down South" in the land of y'all and buttered grits. At the time, my wife and I were polar opposites on this discussion. But eventually, it all worked out for the better.
To try and find "home," we explored and moved, and explored and moved again, hoping that each time would be the last so we could start deeply growing our roots. Admittedly, some of our moves were pressured by the poor economy and other factors, but for the most part our hearts were the initiators. We really wanted to find the right place for our family.
The last three moves had been handled soley by my wife and I. That's it. All the truck loading and unloading, driving, planning, etc. At 40 years old, my body was starting to protest loudly! Well, it took moving all the way to Austin, TX for us to realize what was most important to us. Though Austin is a great place, we learned "Wow, there actually is a place that has too much sun and heat," and "Okay, it is possible to be too far away from family," and lastly "Gee, we never realized how much we love green grass!" Austin taught us many lessons. We were not in Kanasas anymore, Toto. Everyone has a comfort zone, and to us, Austin was a different world. We had gone too far from what we knew growing up and needed to reset our sights closer to where we came from. We knew that our most recent search would be the last, so we took it very seriously.
Last stop: Louisville!
Drawing from our ever-growing learning experience, we knew we were seeking a home that was centrally located to friends and family and offered: four balanced seasons of weather to enjoy (with mild winters for my wife), family values, a church home, lots of opportunities for family fun, a strong economy, and a good employment opportunity.
When we found Louisville, we realized it was a dead ringer on everything we were looking for. The more we looked, the more we liked!
When we found Louisville, we realized it was a dead ringer on everything we were looking for. The more we looked, the more we liked! It was great to see how proud Louisvillians were of their town. One of the most entertaining ways we learned about Louisville was through a little monthly online broadcast called "Lookin' at Louisville" with Chaz Rough and Stacey Yates. Watching these awesome videos, it became obvious there is so much to do and see in this town. We knew we could never conquer it all, but we were eager to try. So we set our sights, built our determination and told ourselves we were going to get to Louisville one way or another.
Fast forward to today. We have successfully made the move to what we feel is the greatest town in the USA. We have purchased a new home, met so many friendly people, and already done tons of fun things.
We finally found where we belong. No matter how you pronounce it: Louisville. Home sweet home.