Well, after all of this anxious waiting, on Tuesday we finally got our orders from the Coast Guard. We’re going to be moving to Alaska this summer. Yep, this is happening. This is my real, actual life and it’s so weird. Just looking at that first sentence is absolutely and utterly surreal for me.
My husband and I used to have this joke about how no matter where we were stationed we’d be fine as long as we didn’t get stationed in Alaska. Also in a pretty recent post, I mentioned how I didn’t think I’d like to live there. What I’m getting at, is that we basically asked for this (or put it in the cloud as my friend Kristy likes to say.) However, don’t be fooled by the tone of those first few sentences because believe it or not, I truly am excited to be going there. Going someplace new is always an adventure and in no place is that more true than Alaska. Like anywhere else, I’m sure it will be many things. Certainly the winters may be difficult (not to mention a serious adjustment!) and I imagine that there will be times that I may feel isolated, but truth be told, those things can happen no matter where you are. On the flip side of that, it’s also astoundingly beautiful there. It’s pretty amazing to me that I’m going to live in a place where it’s commonplace to see things like whales, moose and eagles, mountains and glaciers. Not to mention the northern lights… I mean the Northern Freaking Lights, people! I’m going to get to share all of that, for better or worse, with the hubs and my girls and I’m SO grateful for that! As difficult as it will surely be to be away from our family and friends for the next two years, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I have no intention of taking for granted.
Anyway, there is a ton of research and work ahead of us (it’s no small task to move across the country, even with all the help that we’ll have), so the blog may be getting a bit less of my attention for a little while than it usually does. Hope you guys understand! If any of my lovely readers are living or have ever lived in Alaska, I’d love to soak up any and all tips or advice you may have for us!
I may do a little documenting of our road trip to Alaska (yes, we’re driving like crazy people) and what it’s like living in our new town once we get there in case anyone is interested!
I also wanted to give a huge thanks to everyone here who has been praying for us and thinking happy thoughts, you guys really are the best and make me feel like no matter where I am, I have friends 🙂