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Welcome to South Carolina!

Yeah, I know, I haven’t written here in over a year. But if you’ve read anything here, you know I struggle with the desire to write and the equally strong desire to keep myself hidden. Okay, maybe not “hidden” – just not out there for the world to see.

But here I am. And “here” is a new state and a new start for us. The past couple months have been a whirlwind for our little family. See, ever since K got his MFA, he’s been working to get a teaching job. The whole reason he went to grad school was so that he could teach photography on the college level, but the jobs don’t come easy. However, in July he got his first teaching gig – teaching 2 classes at the Art Institute in Charleston, SC. At first he was commuting 2 days a week and that was the plan until he knew if there were going to be steady classes in the future. But things kept pointing more and more toward the idea of us moving to Charleston. 

Things are still coming together, but K not only has the teaching gig at AI, but he’s also teaching at The Citadel  and still selling honey for Savannah Bee Company but now at their Charleston store. I’m training at a new job, Wildman is at a new school and will start ice hockey in a couple weeks. We’ve rented a cute little house and while moving SUCKS, we’re enjoying making the house a home.

So welcome to South Carolina, Free family! It’s a new chapter in our lives, and we’re going to make it great. 

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Playing Catch-Up, part 1

As I mentioned at the open of my last post, many things have changed since I last wrote here regularly. I also mentioned that our new home is in Savannah, GA.

Yes, the 2 boys and I have relocated even farther South. Kev graduated with his BFA in the spring, and from the time he enrolled in school we knew he’d have to get his MFA in order to fulfill his long-term plan – to teach photography and related courses on the college level. After investigating many different programs, different possible living arrangements and looking at the situation from every imaginable angle, we determined the best way for him to accomplish this goal was to move the family to Savannah, GA so that he could attend SCAD. It was by far the best program and the move made the most sense of any of the scenarios we considered, so we started sorting through all the things we accumulated in the 10 years we’d lived in our house to make the move 8 hours down the road to coastal Georgia.

Now, I only wish it was as easy as that line made it sound. First, let me say that we were not really prepared as we should have been for this move. I’m a planner, and an organizer, but I was so preoccupied with finding a job and a place to live in Savannah that I didn’t do any of my usual preparation for this massive undertaking. And I also underestimated the amount of stuff we had. We started selling, donating and giving away anything we didn’t think we’d need. Oh and did I mention that we were moving from our 3 bedroom home to a 900 sq ft apartment? So most of our stuff wouldn’t even fit in the apartment. We got down to the last few days before the move and realized that we weren’t possibly going to be ready before it was time to go. Kev really kicked into overdrive and worked to get things taken care of, and we managed to get a moving truck packed full of the stuff we needed.

At the same time we weren’t doing such a good job of planning the move, I was sending out resumes (easily 100 of them over 3 months), making connections on LinkedIn and writing introductory emails. If you think it’s hard to find a job in a town where you’ve lived for a while, then you should try to find a job in a town you’ve only been to twice and you know no one! Fortunately, I finally received a job offer the day before we were picking up the moving truck. So now gainfully employed, apartment lease signed, moving truck packed to the rafters, we hit the road.

Now, just because the moving truck was packed doesn’t mean the house was empty. Or that we had someone ready to rent it from us either. It actually took 3 more trips back to Nashville to get it empty, and we’ve had two renters back out on us at the last minute. But we’re here in Savannah, ready to start the next chapter in our lives.

Stay tuned for more…

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Savannah College of Art & Design Library