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We Moved To North Carolina!

August 17, 2018 3 Comments

We Moved To North Carolina!

August 17, 2018 3 Comments

We’ve officially been North Carolina residents for almost two weeks, and so far we LOVE it! I’ve always imagined myself living near the coast, but never thought I would actually have the guts to pack up and leave until it happened at the beginning of this month. Everything for the past several weeks has been scary, new, and totally amazing!

We moved for several reasons, the main ones being my husband going to school and us just needing a fresh start. If you’ve followed me for a while you’ve probably heard me talk about this past year being super hard on us. After going through such a rough patch my husband and I started craving a change of scenery. So when the opportunity popped up for us to move to Wilmington, NC we literally jumped at the chance. If you want to hear a little more about why we moved click here!

Although we were super anxious and excited, most of our family members were less than thrilled. Telling us we shouldn’t move, listing reasons how we could (and probably would) fail, wondering why in the world we would want to move “that far away,” and more. We quickly realized that we couldn’t please everyone and we had to do what was best for us.

Since the move and getting settled in we already feel like this is where we are supposed to be! Even more so, I feel refreshed and motivated. And to be completely honest I haven’t felt like that in a very long time. For months I felt stuck, unmotivated, and like I needed something more, and this move was it. I’m so excited to explore and grow here with my husband, experience new things, and connect with some amazing people in the area!

Our First Out Of State Moving ExperienceWe moved to North Carolina! | Miss Hope Elizabeth

My husband and I have never had a huge move. We moved out on our own together a couple of hours away from our hometown, and after that every move we’ve had was within the same county, so this move was huge for us. And it was way harder than I thought it would be.

We packed the truck about 90% of the way the day before we moved because I had to work that night, and then we packed the last few things up the next day. Luckily, my sister came that morning to help us. And as much as I thought I was prepared for this move, I obviously wasn’t (the picture of the moving truck proves that lol!). The last 10% of our stuff was thrown in garbage bags because we ran out of boxes, and we literally shoved everything in the truck until we couldn’t shove anymore.

After that we had to make a pit stop in our hometown during the long trip to NC to drop off our bedroom suite that we didn’t want anymore to my husbands grandparents. It was shoved behind all of that crap you see in the UHaul… so we basically had to unpack and repack part of the truck for this stop.Gorgeous North Carolina skyline. | Miss Hope Elizabeth

Next, my iPhone GPS took us down every back road known to man for the first 2-3 hours of the trip. This added even more driving time to the already long trip (even though the views were amazing, hence the gorgeous photo above). The drive ended up taking around 13 hours after all the stops and puppy potty breaks when it should have taken 10-11. We finally arrived at our new apartment in Wilmington around 1:30am, and needless to say, we were killed!

The next day we unpacked the whole truck by ourselves. This was even harder than packing the truck because we live on the second floor now, so we had to pack a ton of it up the stairs. We used the elevator at the other end of the building for the heaviest boxes and furniture. My husband is literally superman for doing all that he did during this move. I helped as much as I could, but I’m super petite, so I wasn’t that much help when it came to the heavy stuff. After that it took us around 4 days to unpack everything, and when I say unpack I do NOT mean organize. The organizing comes later lol!

So Far In Wilmington…Celtic Creamery ice cream shop in Carolina Beach located in Wilmington, North Carolina. | Miss Hope Elizabeth

Honestly, we’ve done a lot of nothing but adulting and unpacking. Opening bank accounts, applying for jobs, all the fun things. We do have a pool in our apartment community, so we’ve been to it a couple of times. We’ve also been to the beach twice, and let me tell you, living this close to the beach is absolutely amazing! After spending our first morning at the beach, we also stopped by Celtic Creameryย for some ice cream. I got the Irish Rocky Road and my hubs got the Cookies & Cream, and they were both amazing! I can’t wait to visit more places in the area and take you guys along!

Kure Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina. | Miss Hope ElizabethBeach day at Kure Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina. | Miss Hope Elizabeth

Have you guys ever moved to a different state? Have you ever been to Wilmington?

3 Comments

  • Arynn Johnson August 21, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Hey girl! My name is Arynn, I’m from Harlan County! I wanted to let you know that I have some super awesome family friends that live in Wilmington and pastor a church there! The church is City Life and their names are Cala and Mike Dickey! They are awesome people! Finding a church after a move can be difficult so if you ever want to check them out, y’all definitely should! I am so excited for you guys! Praying you continue to LOVE it there and that GREAT things happen for you guys!

  • Anna Harris October 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    So glad I found you on Instagram. My hubby and I are literally in the middle of planning a move to Wilmington in the Spring. We currently live in Georgia, along with my entire family so it’s a big deal for us to leave, but we just know it’s where we’re supposed to be. We’re visiting next weekend (end of October) to see some apartment complexes. Maybe once we move we can meet up sometime. I’d love to make a friend with someone else who made a similar journey. Glad to hear you’re loving it! Can’t wait to read more. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • misshopeelizabeth October 19, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      So excited for you guys! I was so nervous and anxious to move, but when we got settled I felt so at home and fell in love with Wilmington! You guys are going to absolutely love it here. Let me know if you need anything girl!

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