We Are Leaving Georgia! We’re Moving


17 years.

I’ve been in Georgia for 17 years.

I graduated college and moved to Atlanta two months later. I laid eyes on my husband 1 year later (married 2 years later).

I grew into my adulthood in Georgia. I lived on my own & bought my first house at 24 here. I got married at 26, bought another home & had 3 children here.

I found my church home one month after I moved to Georgia and have been a member for 16 years.

I learned more who God is and have been able to experience many many blessings here. I’ve also had the worse experiences in my life here.

I’ve lived half of my life in Georgia. Although, I’m from Chicago . . . Georgia is just as much my home.

And now, its time to go.

We are moving to Florida. **wipes a tear from my eyes**

My husband and I first discussed this 3 years ago when I was on maternity leave with our 3rd child. I really felt like it wasn’t the right time. And it wasn’t.

Now, 2016 . . . it is.

We agreed last year, when our children get out of school this 2015-2016 school year, we would move to Florida. My son will be finishing 5th grade next week and it would be the perfect transition into middle school.

My husband is from Florida, and although we are not moving back to his home town, we are moving near his parents. We are moving mainly for family reasons.

We haven’t lived around his parents our entire marriage and over the last couple of years my father in law has had some health issues. Thank God he is now on the healthier side of those issues, but I believe it put a lot of things in perspective for my husband and he wants to be closer to his parents more than ever before.

Many times we’ve felt like an island here in Georgia. Meaning, it’s just us – Him, me and 3 kids. Yes, we have “many friends” but I can count on one hand  out of those “many friends” who will keep 3 kids for us when we need it.

We want our children to grow up around their family and it’s a TON of them in Florida.

Our children are excited. Beyond excited. My husband is ready.

Me? Well, check back with me on that.

It’s not that I’m not excited. It’s that I am nervous. I have no idea what to expect. It’s a new life. New everything! New doctors, friends, schools, stores & lifestyle.

Life is about change and I’m ready for it, I just don’t know what to expect.

We’re moving this summer btw.

Check back on the blog for this new “Moving Series” as I write about my journey moving from state to state.

Have you ever moved to a new state? What is your story?



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  • redheadbabymama
    May 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Wow! I didn’t know you were even mulling over back then. We will miss you dearly here,but safe travels and have fun! 🙂

  • Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow)
    May 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

    I’m happy for you and I’ll miss seeing you.
    We’re on a bit of an island ourselves with no nearby family.
    Your children will flourish being so close to their grandparents and cousins.

  • Kimberly
    May 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Congratulations blogging buddy. You will be just fine. All of you. I moved from NC to GA when my son finished 5th. I wanted to be near family as well. You will truly be missed.

  • Demetra
    May 18, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I totally get it, there’s nothing like kids growing up near family to play with and nothing like close family to babysit. Praying all the best for you and your family on this next chapter in your lives.

  • Bobbie
    May 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Awww, I’m going to miss you, Bernetta! But change is good. Family is everything. I actually moved from Michigan to be with mine, so I totally understand. Wishing you and your family all the best!

  • Katherine G
    May 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I am happy for you and your family. I am glad to have met you. You will be missed although I don’t doubt you will be back visiting. It will be great for you and your family to be closer to family. Can’t wait to read all about it.

  • Chanda
    May 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    This is bitter sweet news. Change is always good. You are a beautiful person and there is no doubt you will quickly adjust and thrive in Florida. Good Luck! I’ll be checking in and sending positive vibes your way!!!!

  • Louida
    May 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    It was a pleasure meeting you girl! You will be missed. Hopefully I’ll see you around whenever I’m in Florida.

    Sometimes, when moving to a new places it makes you grow more, help to see new things, and find yourself. You’ll do well there.

    Best of luck with your new life in Florida!

  • Juanika Askew
    May 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Congratulations will miss you and your family and yes I relocated out of the country for two years. Q\

  • sheenatatum
    May 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    When I saw the featured image I was like oh no what’s wrong with Georgia, now!? LOL! I’ve been eying Georgia, but my husband just doesn’t want to move south despite the awesome weather. Florida was one of my top picks too, but he ain’t having it. I’ve been in Chicagoland/NW Indiana for 30 years. I’m ret ta go. For us, we’ll be away from family wherever we go, so we’re doing things backwards. I feel like if we wait any longer, I’m going to feel caged in since we’ll eventually have to be here when folks start getting older… etc. It’s tough either way, but it’ll work out. So happy to see you off on a new adventure!

  • Kita Bryant
    May 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    *cries* you will be missed but I understand. I am a village alone ever since my husband died so it’s just me and the kids and friends are nice but yeah….you still can feel alone there is nothing like family. You will do great in FL and I know you will be visiting often.

  • MJ
    May 29, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Awwwww. I know you will adjust and thrive in Florida. I’ll miss you. Thanks for being a friend in a very unfamiliar and uncomfortable place. I’m still working on adjusting my spirit and to life here. Really different from NYC.