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Oh hey, we live in Tennessee now.

It's been almost F I V E whole months since I've peeked at my blog.
I do have a good excuse for being away but I have missed sitting down, gathering my thoughts and writing here.

Since I last wrote my husband and dad drove 2,000 miles and moved our cars and everything we own from California to Tennessee. My mom and I flew for 4 VERY LONG hours with the 3 kids. I was ready for a martini before we even got on the plane. It was crazy and so was the next month.

We arrived and boxes upon boxes upon boxes were everywhere. We had an amazing crew here and had everything unpacked in the first 3 days. I made countless trips to Target and the grocery store to fill our house with all the everyday essentials. I'm pretty sure the credit card company thought we bought the entire Target corporation after all my trips there. Yikes.
 I'll never forget though, waking up on our first morning after maybe 3 hours of sleep and answering our door at 7:30am to our next door neighbor. She made us a warm homemade coffee cake to welcome us to the neighborhood. Southern hospitality at it's finest and a gesture my heart will never forget.

Three days after we moved Chris and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We worked on our new house all day and celebrated with Sonic cheeseburgers and dessert in downtown Franklin. It was perfect.
The next day we celebrated our sweet Kate's 5th birthday. 
This girl loves her new house and loves living in Tennessee.

Chris started his new job two weeks after the move and it's been a challenge. He travels all over so often which is rough on him, on me and the kids. He's been to more states in the past two months than he's been in his 33 years. It's crazy. I'm trying to get in a routine when hes gone and make things as easy on myself as possible. Which only means one thing, back away from the kitchen! No cooking for mommy when daddy is out of town. Which also means his travel better slow down or I'm going to be a fatty my fat fat in no time. 

A month afer we moved we added a new member to the Andrews family. 
If you follow me on Instagram you've seen her face plastered all over my photo squares. 
We're all crazy over our mini reindeer. 
People of the internet, meet Dixie Belle.

She's a golden retriever and is about 2 years old. 
We rescued her from Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue 
She is the most precious girl. She was found out in the country and had just had puppies. 
She was completely starved and between her foster family and now with us she is to a healthy weight and has put on 15 pounds! Oh how we love this girl. And the stuff she puts up with is pretty amazing. 

One of the highlights for the kids so far was our first snow. 
I'm not even sure it can be classified as actual snow but to us Southern California people, it was snow!

 And who knew Dixie Belle was so good at snow angels?!
Girlfriend loves snow.

Our house has been full every month with visitors, and for that we are grateful!

One thing I have been trying to work on since our move is slowing down a bit. I just laughed out loud as I typed that because with 3 young kids, slowing down is like an oxymoron. So maybe what I'm really trying to work on is giving myself more grace. Letting things go and not worrying about the little things. It's ok that there are toys everywhere, that my kitchen isn't always sparkling and the beds aren't always made. 

This move has been been exciting, filled with joy, endless smiles and laughter. It has also been stressful, exhausting, trying and lonely. I knew that it would all catch up with me, and it has. The lack of sunshine and warm weather that my bones are used to, my best friends now 2,000 miles away who I miss doing life with so much, being able to run over to my parents house for dinner...and so on. 

I'm the new girl in town. I still have California plates on my car. I'm not part of all the "circles" here. It's a completely new normal for me and has me completely out of my comfort zone. If you know me, you know I'm pretty outgoing and social. I laugh probably too much and love to have a good time. You might not know that I don't like making new friends. {that sounds so bad} I don't know if I don't like putting in the effort to get to know new people or what my problem is. All of my girlfriends in CA are probably laughing at this because they knew it was my biggest fear with moving.  I've finally come to terms that I need to get better at letting new people in my life. My newest girlfriend lives right behind my house and she is seriously my southern sister. How have I lived life without her? She made me realize that making new friends IS fun! 

I drive down back country roads nearly everyday, sometimes without a place to go....just to drive and I have to stop myself and thank God for bringing us here. These dreams that were always wishes are now real life. It's not a fairytale by any means, just living proof that the Lord does hear the cries of our hearts and WILL answer them all in His timing. 

This is a new season for us.
 One of Faith, Growth, Branching out & learning to see the beauty in the mess. 
We're getting there. Every day we are learning a little bit more about God's grace.
When my feet hit the floor each morning, I thank Him that His mercies are new. 
And because of that, we will soar. 

{I started this post in Dec, finally posting it in February!}


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