If you’re new here. . .
We recently found out that we will be moving to North or South Carolina this summer from our hometown in Indiana, where I’ve lived for thirty years (#SoOld!).
I cannot begin to describe how daunting it is to leave everything we’ve known for something that’s completely unknown.
But. We’re leaping. Trusting and leaping.
And dragging 7 kids with us.
Besides the emotional/psychological part of it, there’s the logistical part. For example, where, exactly, are we going to move to?
[first time through, I typed “where are we going to ‘love to,” and that seems accurate, because I’m desperately hoping to fall in love with a new hometown.]
No idea. But we’re trying to figure that part out. So, we spent virtually one meel-y-on hours on the google, then loaded up the kids for an epic road trip over their spring break.
We drove from Zionsville, IN to Greenville, SC the first day, equipped with two etch-a-sketches, 96 crayons (and sharpener!), and an epic playlist on our JBL speaker.
Greenville is in western South Carolina, close to the Appalachian Mountains, sort of between Carmel-sized and Indy-sized, for reference for our Indy friends.
Greenville: first thing we saw when we pulled in was a high-speed police chase, which simultaneously horrified and enraptured our children. But, overall, we all loved you.
Amazing restaurants (if kids sit in your bars, where do you guys go to get away from your kids??). This was Barley’s Pizza.
And, overall, a great indie vibe with a gorgeous mountain backdrop.
Then we moved on to Fort Mill. Mid-state, about 30 minutes south of Charlotte, NC.
Awesome area. Reminded us of Carmel, Indy friends.
With amazing hiking.
The public schools here are top-notch, and the Catholic Church was the friendliest we visited. And did I mention the hiking?
Lastly, drove east to Wilmington, NC, where we spent most of our time in Wrightsville Beach. It was touristy and trafficky, but it was just what the kids needed after a week of stopping by schools and churches. And RG may have promised us a beach house someday. . .
After a couple days at the beach, we packed it all up and headed northwest. Stopped by two towns outside of Raleigh but, by that point, weren’t getting many photos.
Here’s West Virginia on our last day, so kindly preparing us for the weather back home in Indiana.
Carolinas, you did not disappoint!
We didn’t *fall in love* with a new hometown like we were dreaming of, but we did fall in love with the Carolinas, and we gave the kids an amazing first impression of both states, which we felt like that was a total win.
And also, that hotel life.
RG and I are headed back out in two weeks to get down to business.
Think he’ll mind if I pack 96 crayons for entertainment??