About 2 weeks ago, Juan got a text message about a 3 month internship opportunity in Atlanta. We had really only a day to decide and if our answer was yes, we had a matter of days to pack up and head out there. Being the homebody that I am, all I could think about how far away Georgia was, how scary and unknown it would all be. But it was one of those things that just felt right. Juan was itching for something new and it felt like the step in the right direction that we needed. Even after deciding we were going to take the offer, it was still scary. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry at least 6 times a day about it. But I knew this would be good for me. Good for us.
So we packed up whatever we could fit into our car and drove basically across the entire country. As draining and exhausting as the drive was, it was pretty cool to drive through so many states that neither of us has ever been to before. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas…to name a few. It was amazing how the farther east we got, the bigger and greener everything got. And the number of bugs on our windshield became ever more numerous.
While driving through Arkansas, we realized we would be driving RIGHT through the town where my brother was serving his mission. I sent him a quick email and within minutes he got permission from his mission president. I was crying before we even pulled up to the Taco Bell where we were meeting. It was like he never left and it was the little boost I needed after such an emotional week. We were lucky enough to spend an hour or so with him and he gave us a little tour around his area. I love that little missionary so stinkin’ much!
After nearly 3 days of driving we finally arrived in Norcross. The cutest, greenest little town you’ve ever seen. I’m apologizing in advanced for all my comments about it being so green, but I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. It’s amazingly beautiful. We live in the historic part of the city, just a 5 minute walk away from gorgeous parks and downtown restaurants and shops. It’s straight out of the movies, very Stars Hollow-esque. Which I’m absolutely thrilled about. And every street here is Peachtree something. Peachtree Street. Peachtree Pkwy. Peachtree Blvd. We’re staying in the cutest little guest house with windows galore and have the most hospitable landlords. Everyone we have met so far has just been so incredibly nice and welcoming. Special shout out to the Higgins for helping us settle in being just the absolute best! And to Juan for taking this chance and working so hard. We’re just so blessed to be here and excited for the next 3 months ahead!