We are a family in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Dustin served in the Marine Corps, and is now back in school and working in retail. I am an elementary school teacher and love my job! We are thrilled that after three years of making friends and memories in North Carolina, we are now back home in the Peach State!
"Where are you from?" This is a question everyone gets asked often in life, but living in a military town, you get asked this question a lot more often, because everyone is from somewhere else, it seems. Over the past few months I have gotten quite used to answering this question, but I feel like I have to give my whole life story to actually explain my answer. I have lived in a whole bunch of places over my lifetime, and I can't really decide which one I am "from".
I was born in Indiana, and moved around the Illinois/Indiana area for the first 13 years of my life. This is where 90% of my extended family is from, is where my younger brother is now living and going to grad school, and it is the reason why I don't have a southern accent, but do cheer for the Chicago Bears.
Shoveling my Grandma's snow on a visit to Indiana
At 13 I moved to Georgia, and went to middle/high school there. My parents still live in Georgia, and my youngest brother goes to college at Georgia Tech. Dustin and I met in Georgia, and all his family lives there as well, so I guess that makes the most sense as our "home".
Baseball game at Turner Field in Georgia
To add another state in the mix, though, I went to college at the University of Florida, and then lived there two years after graduation as I worked on my Master's and taught second grade.
At the Springs in Florida
I am a little bit from all three of these areas, but I also kind of feel like I don't 100% belong in any of them. I guess it makes me feel a little bit detached, which can be a bad thing. But on a positive note, it means I am incredibly adaptable, and explains why moving to North Carolina and being a "military wife" is less of a challenge and more of an exciting adventure! I definitely feel like I can relate easily with my students, many of whom have already moved to several different states by the time they began kindergarten.
So, that's a little bit about me - a Midwestern/Georgia Peach/Florida Gator/USMC wife. I guess we all wear many hats :)