Its almost been exactly 7 whole years that I moved to Redding, and I can honestly say that my heart is finally here. Moving is tough. Atleast it was for me. I moved here for Brent, which at the time he was only my boyfriend..and the only person I knew. I guess you could say that I was following my emotions, and thought it was the best thing to do. But somehow I left my heart somewhere else. Yes, he definitely had a piece of it, but I left a huge part of it back in the only place I knew… the place I grew up, and lived for 25 years. The only “home” I knew, the place of many firsts and so many memories. My life was full, so, leaving that place and home was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Not only did I say goodbye to my family and friends, but I said goodbye to the life I only knew. I didn’t know how to find a new one or even begin the process of how to build one. I already had a family and tons of friends…so starting over wasn’t something I knew. And that was hard. Living in a place of not being “known”, where I had no friends and no one knew my last name. I was “Brent’s girlfriend” …which I loved and hated all at the same time.
Fast forward 6 years. We are still here, with two kids, a new last name, seasons have passed, memories have been made, friendships have been formed and love has grown. Life is good and we are seeing the fruit after the storm. Im not going to lie and say that its perfect. I still miss my family like crazy, and not being able to do “daily” life with them is hard. But I’ve been able to see the good and honestly the blessings of living in Redding. I’ve come to realize no city is perfect and this one is especially hot in the summer… but it is simple and peaceful, and for now this is where my heart is and my family belongs.
Life is so short and Im learning to cherish every moment with them…the ones that are here and the ones I don’t see quite as often. I can’t say that this is where we will be forever, but for now it is exactly where I want to be.