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Why We Moved…Again!

July 4, 2017

Hey guys! So, yes, we moved again. I know I look like a crazy person but the first move was not right for us. We found a house we loved, it ended up falling through and rushed into another house. It was a cute house on a great cul de sac but it never felt like home to me. I quickly realized we should have just done the big move to South Daytona/Port Orange area like we have dreamed of doing for years instead of moving locally. 
  moving with kids
A little backstory on the new location. When Branden and I moved down to South Florida we never planned on staying there. It ended up being a huge blessing in disguise since I lost both my parents so that time I had with them was precious. Prior to this, we had talked about moving to one of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia or by my best friend in Port Orange, Florida. That was our main goal and two days before we found out we were expecting Ace we had come up and talked about us moving up there and even met some of my best friend’s friends. After I had Ace I didn’t want to leave my parents. I loved having them around for him and called my best friend and told her our plans were put on hold. I remember telling Branden, crying, because I knew he would be disappointed. Thankfully we stayed and got that last year with my parents.
 
After their deaths we had a lot of things to deal with and ended up buying one of my good friend’s parents’ house. We loved it. It was in a great neighborhood and we had awesome neighbors but once the girls came we thought a bigger home would be better. We found our house but again never felt like home. I called my best friend crying the first night in the house and she told me not to stress because it was not our forever home, we would eventually move out of South Florida and be where we were meant to be. After a couple weeks I told Branden we needed to start talking about seriously making the move. I told him I was not going to move where we knew no one and the people we are closest to and the place we love are in Port Orange. We gave ourself a year to look for a house and move.

Port Orange Beach

We randomly looked at some houses but one day a house two doors down came up for sale so we jumped on it. This was a huge sign for us. I drove up to look at the house but unfortunately the inspection showed the house was not insurable. The owners were very difficult and we decided to look at another house. This house was made for us. The set up, the lake, the location was all great. It was only 2 minutes from my best friend and the neighborhood was great. We made an offer and it was accepted. We quickly closed and are now in our new home. I instantly felt at home here. Everyday I look around and think about how lucky we are to have this house. 
I truly believe we had to get out of our first house into the second for me to get out of my comfort zone and move out of South Florida where I grew up. We have wanted this for so long but I always hesitated. While South Florida was a great place to grow up, it has changed a lot. It’s very crowded and just became too much for me. It definitely will be nice to go visit but I am glad to be where it is much calmer. 
 
The kids are a lot happier here too. They love the new house. I think having a one story is a huge benefit for them.  Before they had their rooms upstairs with some stuff to play with then their playroom but they always brought everything out of their playroom and never used it. It was really frustrating because the flow of the house just didn’t work for us. I think if our kids were older it would have been a better house for us. This house has the playroom and their bedrooms right off the living room so they can be playing and still come out and see us if they need. It’s also a lot easier to clean everything up.
 
We are definitely finding our groove here and so far are really liking the parks, library and beaches. 
If you made it this far congratulations. This turned into a novel!

Port Orange Beach

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    1. Thank you so much Erica! You are so right. It feels so good to in this house and it truly feel like home.

  1. Congratulations, Brenna! So happy to discover you have found your happy place! Miss seeing all of you, even if it was not often enough! Love & hugs to all. 😘

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