When we moved to Connecticut, Nick and I knew that it would only a few months before moving somewhere else again. He’s on a short assignment.
What we didn’t know was that the Navy would decide to send us back to Hawaii!
It still hasn’t really sunk in. When we left the island in December, I had this feeling that Hawaii wasn’t done with us and that one day we would be back. There’s a ton of military jobs out there, so I knew the chances we could go back were high. I just didn’t know it would be so soon.
If you’ve been around for a while, you’ve seen me write too many posts to count about how much I love Hawaii and how much I’ve grown since moving there. It was in Hawaii that Nick and I started married life and built a solid foundation after living apart for so many years. I feel at home when I’m in Hawaii. We have such awesome memories from living there, and I can’t wait to build more. There’s no place like it, at least no place that I’ve ever been.
But I also have lots of mixed emotions. Part of me would have loved to stay here in Connecticut now that I’m learning my way around and am starting to explore New England more, and also because I love being close to my family and friends. Part of me would have loved to move somewhere totally new, somewhere I’ve never even been before. Part of me doesn’t want to have to get on a plane every time I want to see my family. I will miss being able to get on a train or in a car and be home so fast.
But Nick has a long career ahead of him and we have a lot more moves ahead of us, so I have a feeling that at some point, we will get the chance to be close to home again, and that we will also get the chance to live somewhere completely different.
And there’s also a part of me that is in love with all things Hawaii. So I will enjoy this adventure, and I will absolutely love every second that we live Hawaii.
I’ve learned that there will always be good and bad things no matter where you are stationed in the military. You can almost never have it all – being close to home, a place you love, a place with lots to do, place with great weather, a place you’ve never explored before, a place that’s easy to get to.
You have to look for the good and make sure that you find enough good things to outweigh the bad.
So, here’s to being in Hawaii for a few more years!!
Here’s to chasing waterfalls and climbing mountains.
Here’s to drinking up the sun.
Here’s to taking a walk on the beach any time of the year.
Here’s to fresh fruit and farmers markets and my favorite restaurants.
Here’s to local coffee.
Here’s to reading books outside.
Here’s to date nights watching the sunset.
Here’ to moving back to a place that feels like home.
Here’s to hikes and gorgeous views.
Here’s to exploring other Hawaiian islands that we’ve never been to.
Here’s to spotting sea turtles, monk seals, and whales.
Here’s to afternoons spent at my favorite bookstore, the perfect place to rebuild my book collection.
Here’s to fun family visits and long trips home that will be that much more special.
I mean, what’s not to love?
Now it’s time to plan our third transoceanic move in three years.
I plan to write all about it on the blog so that hopefully other people who are doing big overseas moves can benefit from what I’ve learned after three moves overseas. I’ve never really documented exactly what goes into the moving process. Hopefully the rest of you find it interesting enough – I am sure there will be stories.
It’s honestly pretty daunting, especially since we are still working on sorting things out from our last move. But hey we’re moving to Hawaii!!
PS: Photos by Pinky Photography