Feeling Kinda Homesick…

Feeling kinda homesick…

 

It’s been a year now since we arrived here in Savannah. It’s really hard to believe it’s been that long already! It feels like we just pulled up here! I still find myself telling people we just moved here from Seattle. Funny.

We’re still in our rental house. It’s about twice the size of the house we owned back in Seattle. We live in a great neighborhood with a pool. We had all these great plans of how it was going to be for us here. Things are so different from what we had planned.

When my hubby and I first visited back in May of 2010, the real estate agents told us that the town we now live in was not a military town. We didn’t care one way or the other so we couldn’t figure out why they all told us that or what difference it made anyway. What I have learned about this area since we moved here is that it is mostly military families and the moms in the neighborhood don’t want to make friends with people who are not in the military. Our next door neighbor actually told my husband that she doesn’t get friendly with anyone anymore because it’s too hard to say goodbye when they move. I get that, but it makes me sad because there are so many military families and I would just love to have a friend or two here, ya know?

I was also thinking that only being a 4-hour drive from the Walt Disney World Resort, my favorite place on the planet, my happy place, we would go down pretty often. We did, at first, but then it started becoming rather pricey just to do a weekend trip. The gas prices started rising almost as soon as we moved here. So, needless to say, we do not get down there as often as I’d like and I find myself day after day wanting to move South!

I never would have guessed that after living here for an entire year that we would not be completely settled in. The kids had a bit of a rough school year…mom did too! This year will be better, I’m sure of it. I have been looking for a job since we came here and WOW, it’s a tough market. I thought it was bad in Seattle, but it’s so much worse here. It’s almost like you have to know someone to get a decent job here, at least that’s what I’m hearing anyhow. I have been told by several different companies that I have an impressive resume, so I’ll just keep swimming…as they say.

I keep finding myself missing different aspects of Washington. Like running into at least 3 or 4 people I know every time I go to the grocery store or my old nail place and knowing exactly where every store I need is located. It’s funny how I miss things that I never even realized I cared about until I didn’t have them any more. I miss the mellow weather a whole lot. We’ve never experienced humidity like this before or a heat index of 112. Our winter and summer have switched places!

We’re getting ready for school to start in just a week and a half. I am hoping to have a job lined up in time for that. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for our family, either here in Savannah, or further South. Only time will tell!

Comments

  1. maria hannon says:

    Move on south! You know we’re waiting for you!!! :)

    You know we love you!! Sending you lots & lots of hugs & pixie dust!! It will get better soon!!!

    love ya!!!

  2. A year already!? That is unbelievable!

    Sorry things haven’t been working out better. I know that with your positive outlook and drive this just has to change for you.

    And if not…like Maria said…you have plenty of friends waiting for you 4 hours away. Maybe you’ll end up right there with them!

    Take care sweet lady. <3

  3. So Jackie we have yet to have any 90 degree weather – well in Portland anyway.  We hit 82 today.  Last week dreary, rainy and HUMID !  Not like GA, we were in Perry one May and I thought I’d die from the humidity – same when we were in Florida last July .. gasp !  muggy !  constant need to shower ;-)   But I know what you mean about the Pacific NorthWest – it’s green, mountains, mild weather and seasons (well most of the time, the last 2 years we’ve not had much of a spring or summer)  What is there that you miss the most?  Anything I can find for you?  We are going to Seattle in August for business and could go to Pike Place Market if there is something you really want and miss that’s there – maybe something that would remind you of Seattle?  I’ll have to find time to take pictures to share with tweets so they can understand what it is you miss.   There are times in the winter, rainy fall and rainy spring that I’d like to be in California or Florida, but probably not permanently.  Just for a break from the rain – you know what I mean.  LMK if there is something I can do to get your NW fix – you certainly help with my Disney fixes.  Huggs to you !

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks so much, Lace! You’re such a doll! :) I think what I miss the most is the friendly people and the weather. The mountains are so beautiful too, no mountains here…barely a hill! I do LOVE the palm trees though! I don’t know if it’s specific things as much as it is just that sense of feeling like it’s home. Little things like knowing all the staff at my kids’ school and the people at the drive-thru Starbucks knowing my drink when I pull up. They don’t even have a drive-thru here [the nerve]!!! Last week, we had 2 days in a row that were just gray and drizzly the whole entire day! It was awesome! Felt like home! <3

  4. Yikes, it’s been a year? So sorry to hear you’re feeling homesick:( Sending lots of pixie dust your way!

  5. Aww. Jackie. I know just how you feel. When we moved from MD to FL, gosh 7 years ago, I went through a time like this. It was a struggle especially watching my girls have a hard time making friends.. for this mama’s heart, that was the worst.
    But you know.. just last night my house was packed with their friends – all watching a movie – so it does get better.
    Glad to see you have a positive outlook for the new year coming up. I’ll be praying that you and your family start feeling a connection soon. I know finding a great church home was a huge help for us.
    I know one thing that helped me too was that I forced myself to put myself out there to meet people.. starting conversations at the strangest places.. LOL.
    Keep us posted on how it goes.. and I hope you get a trip to Disney soon.. our tickets are blocked out till the middle of August and we are all starting to have a little Disney withdraw..LoL.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks a million, Mikki! That’s another thing that’s been sorta hard is that the kids in the neighborhood come and go because of the military moving them around. Makes it hard. I’m not so sure yet that this is home for us. I actually don’t call it home yet. Only time will tell. Thanks for the tips and positive reinforcement!! We haven’t been to Disney since April…I’m definitely having issues!!!

  6. Oh sweetie…I wish we lived closer….I know I say this all the time, but I really really do wish it! We would have so much fun. I think this year is your time…you’re going to find a great job and good things are going to come your way! Sending you many hugs and pixie dust :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, my sweet sweet friend! I do too! I really hope this is going to be my year! We’re getting down to the wire here and it’s just a bit too close for my comfort!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sending you big hugs!  You’re a tough lady and I know you’ll get through this for you and for your family.  I share a lot of your same feelings though – and we’ve been here four years.  I guess I kind of pictured a “Desperate Housewives” type of neighborhood when I thought about living in a subdivision which just isn’t the case where we are so much. We need to get together soon.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sending you big hugs!  You’re a tough lady and I know you’ll get through this for you and for your family.  I share a lot of your same feelings though – and we’ve been here four years.  I guess I kind of pictured a “Desperate Housewives” type of neighborhood when I thought about living in a subdivision which just isn’t the case where we are so much. We need to get together soon.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, Lynn! Our neighborhood definitely felt like it would be a very social one when we came and looked around; but it’s not like that at all. People REALLY keep to themselves here…it’s kind of crazy! We HAVE to get together one of these days!

  9. Amanda @Disneygotogirl says:

    Jackie, I would love to chat with you about this! I just recently moved from East to West, the opposite, and am also feeling unsettled and uneasy! Hugs and prayers!

    • Anonymous says:

      That would be awesome, Amanda! I would LOVE to chat with ya! I’ll DM you my phone number on twitter! Can’t wait! I’ve been dieing to chat with someone who has completely relocated. It’s weird how hard it is, I never expected it. I didn’t realize that you guys moved!

    • Anonymous says:

      That would be awesome, Amanda! I would LOVE to chat with ya! I’ll DM you my phone number on twitter! Can’t wait! I’ve been dieing to chat with someone who has completely relocated. It’s weird how hard it is, I never expected it. I didn’t realize that you guys moved!

    • Anonymous says:

      That would be awesome, Amanda! I would LOVE to chat with ya! I’ll DM you my phone number on twitter! Can’t wait! I’ve been dieing to chat with someone who has completely relocated. It’s weird how hard it is, I never expected it. I didn’t realize that you guys moved!

  10. Amanda @Disneygotogirl says:

    Jackie, I would love to chat with you about this! I just recently moved from East to West, the opposite, and am also feeling unsettled and uneasy! Hugs and prayers!

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