Chi2TN Wednesday Wishes

Some pretty big news…

August 6, 2014

I am SO excited to finally and officially share this news with you all 🙂 Christian and I will be moving to Nashville at the end of this year!! While this has been a little dream in our hearts for some time now, things began to naturally fall into place during our last trip to TN and we feel it is now time for this next adventure. 
I think with any move comes the obvious- excitement, but it’s also a bit bittersweet. While we’re very much looking forward to this next chapter, and in a place we both love so much, it’s also hard to say goodbye to people we’re used to seeing on a regular basis here in Chicago… and that is, definitely, the hardest part. We’re no strangers to this… we’ve already had a crazy moving experience in our journey together thus far and while this one will certainly be a shorter move than the one to California, it will no longer be a quick train ride or 5 minute drive to spend time with our loved ones here. Even still, I know and believe that God is with us and blessing this decision and that He will continue to lead us on a path that might glorify Him.

I think sometimes things need to be shaken up a bit. While I think it’s good to honor and give thanks for a time of being content (which we feel we’ve had the past 3 years), sometimes God brings new adventures and challenges and people and places into your story so that you can continue to grow. Some chapters need to close in order for others to be opened, and I can’t help but smile when I think of the new experiences He has in store for us. We are really excited about this next chapter… we’re excited to meet new people, learn new things, explore different daily landscapes, and to bring things down to a bit of a slower pace. 

It should be a lot of fun to share this entire process with you guys, as well as some of the details in regards to how this “solidified” – it’s pretty amazing, actually, how God opened and closed doors in a matter of days… all confirmations that we were stepping in the right direction. As the move date gets closer, you can keep up with our moving happenings by following the hashtag on Instagram:  #Chi2TN  and I’ll occasionally blog about it all too 🙂 
Each Wednesday I link up with my sweet friend Anne for Wednesday Wishes. Today I am wishing for hearts to be comforted during this time as we prepare to be farther away from people we’ve lived so close to for a number years. I am wishing that the rest of our time spent in Chicago will be happy days, shared excitement, and filled with all of the awesome Chicago people we love so much. I am wishing for patience (on my end, oh hello!) as we still have a few more months to wait until we’re able to “lock down” a place to live in our new state. And last but not least, I am wishing for some smooth sailing in the “find free/cheap boxes and pack up everything you own – again” department. (GAH!) 
So there you go. Deep breaths now. (Oh wait, that’s just for me.) (Does this mean I’ll start saying “y’all” now?!)


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  • Samamtha

    Congratulations, Ember!! I am in the process of moving as well and your post is very comforting. Thanks for sharing and I cannot wait to see the new place 🙂

    Samantha
    samanthachua.com

  • Thanks so much! We'll still have months before we move yet – I will just have to live vicariously through you and your current move 😉

  • Congrats!! Exciting things ahead for you guys. Love your map graphic by the way…so cute! You really must find all the good vegetarian food in Nashville now. 🙂

  • Ahhhh! Yay! That's exciting!! Congrats on the move, and can't wait to hear more about it. 🙂 God knows just when to move and open doors at the right time. His timing is always perfect. 🙂

  • Ah! So exciting! Congratulations. I can't wait to hear all about your new adventure. Welcome to the southern half of the US 🙂

  • aww yayy!! That's so awesome! Congratulations! My hubby and I are talking about wanting to movie in the next year or two…not sure where yet tho!

  • Congratulations! This is so exciting, you guys are gonna love it there for sure! I'm jealous! I wish I was moving to Nahsville too, all that sweet tea and hot weather is the best 🙂

  • First, Disqus is awesome. You will love it!!!

    Everyone is moving to Nashville. I seriously want to go!!

  • OH my gosh – so exciting!!! I have been wanting to move to Nashville for so long, but I just can't right now. Also, you will only be like 5 hours from me! My brother is stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY so he's right there by Nashville. 🙂

  • amy

    YAY!! So exciting! God is SO good!!

  • Oh my gosh I JUST SCREAMED!!!! You're going to be closer to me now! Yay!!!!! And yes, "ya'll" is a common phrase down here. And "bless your heart" lol! I'm beyond excited for you and Christian in this next chapter of your lives – God's got awesome sauce plans for ya'll 🙂

  • How exciting! I still haven't made it to Tennessee, but it's on my list. Congrats on the great news!

  • Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adv

    Wow, this is so awesome for you! Congrats!!!

  • Awesome news!! and Nashville is amazing!! we love visiting! lots of great shopping! 😉

  • So happy to hear that it's official! New adventures are always fun. I've always wanted to live in the south too, so now I can live vicariously through you!

  • Wow! So exciting! We're going to Nashville next week for a few days…I'm so excited because we've never been! I totally understand that the move will be bittersweet…but YAY for new beginnings!

  • Thank you! 🙂 Yes, it feels super official now that I've shared it with you all. And YES to finding all of the vegetarian places… I will make it my job!

  • Thank you!! While I'm somewhat dreading packing up everything, getting there will make it all worth it 😉

  • Thanks, lady! I'm excited to share all of the moving related adventures with you guys. It's like I always say- never a dull moment over here! 😉

  • !!!!!!! 🙂 Thank you!! I have always had this secret wish to be a southern gal… I mean, I don't know how many years that takes to really make it official, but I am up for the challenge 😉

  • Those talks are always exciting 🙂 I'll be anxious to hear about your future moving plans too!

  • Thank you!! It's so funny- the last time we were there, all of our friends were saying how happy they were that the weather was oddly cool for this time of year and I just kept thinking, "Man, I wish it was hotter." (I am a big fan of hot weather!)

  • Disqus is growing on me. I was NOT feelin' it at 1am this morning when I realized no one could comment because it wasn't popping up. (Fortunately, I was the only one up at 1am.) But it's growing!!

    YOU SHOULD!!!! I'm telling everyone I know- I'm going to become a recruiter for Nashville.

  • I hope you get to visit one of these days!! Maybe after we're moved in and settled you can just come visit ME! 😉

  • He is SO GOOD!!! 🙂

  • hahaha! Okay- confession. As I was writing this post, I thought of you and Ash and thought- Oooh! I could road trip it to see them! And then I googled and it was something like 10 hours… so then I thought, okay maybe I'd still fly. Still… closer, for sure 😉

  • Yesss, I would love to come visit you!

    *Stephanie*
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  • Oh yes, definitely visit TN someday. It's so, so pretty and is guaranteed to be a relaxing, slower pace trip 🙂 Thanks, V!!

  • Thank you, Katie! 🙂 I realize we still have like… 5 months or something but I'm thinking they will fly by!

  • Yes, yes, yes, yes!!! 🙂 🙂

  • It really is one of the best cities I've ever been to… there is always something to do if you want to stay busy, but I'll tell you- I'm really looking forward to the non-city life for awhile 😉

  • Oh you know it's official when it goes on FB or the blog!!! 😉 Yes, you can live vicariously through me and then come visit too 🙂

  • Oh, have the best time!! 🙂 I can't wait to hear about your trip. And yes- yay for the NEW!

  • Ahhh awesome congrats!!!

  • yay!!!! 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Disqus takes awhile for it to configure. And you can reply to the comments via your email 🙂

  • Haha too funny! It's definitely close enough to have a meet in the middle deal lol! So excited for ya'll :)​

  • Yayyyy!!!!!!!!!

  • YAY! That's so exciting! I don't know why, but I kind of felt this coming. You spoke so fondly of Nashville in your previous post. I just had a feeling a move might be coming…but I didn't think it would be this soon. I'm so excited to hear more about this and see how everything goes. Hopefully you'll have a better experience than you did in LA. 🙂

    xo Denise
    lovelybohemian.blogspot.com

  • Yay. It's funny you don't view Nashville as a city. I moved here from Wyoming, so I think Nashville is super huge. And if you're a vegetarian, look at East Nashville. Tons of veggie places there 🙂

  • Katie Visconti

    SO SO SO excited for you. And I cried a little. Because you and Christian deserve this and a life filled with blessings. So happy for you, friend! xoxoxo

  • ashortblonde

    Yay! I'm so excited for you. It's always nice to make things internet official 😉

  • So excited!!!!! 🙂

  • Oh I totally view it as a city! 🙂 But it's easier to get out of it and into the country than it is here in Chicago. (Plus, I feel like even as a city, Nashville is much slower paced than Chitown.) We will most likely live just outside of Nashville, too. Oh yeah, lady- I've spent lots of time in East Nashville, eating my ration for the week. ha!

  • My soul sister- I think we share tears for each other's happiness on a weekly basis. That's why you are such a special person 🙂 Thank you XOXO

  • haha totally!! We'll be there with you guys soon enough – cannot wait!!

  • I just want to freak out here for a second….AHHHH! YAY!! I am so sos excited for you all, and a little jealous. I have always said I wanted to move ot Tennessee. I have traveled there a few times and how could you not fall in love?! So, now I will have a reason to go back there on vacation again! I really am happy for you both. On your post about your visit there you could sense how much you loved it. I can't wait to hear all about it!!

  • haha woo hoo!!!! And YES- of course you will need to come visit! Thanks, Kenj 🙂 XO

  • How exciting!! We drive through Nashville, TN every time we go to GA. And it's my favorite part of the drive.

  • YAY!!! Soo excited for you guys!!!! (And 2% jealous, haha, mostly because of the music opportunities there.) Yes, I cannot wait to hear more about the process and how it all worked out and am excited to experience it vicariously through your blog and Instagram! I'm also so glad this second half of the year (say what now??) will have us both settling into new places! Just knowing that makes my heart happy! 😀

  • Oh, how exciting! I will be praying for you guys! xo

  • It really is beautiful out that way. (I have yet to go to GA!)

  • love it too!! 🙂 I'm so excited to hear about your moving adventures here in a bit!!

  • Aw! Thanks, Aimee!!!! 🙂 I really appreciate that!

  • Congrats on the move!! I've only driven through TN, but for some reason I just really love that state. Good luck on this next chapter!!

  • Thank you, Chelsea! 🙂 You know, I have never ever heard a bad thing about TN… that makes me feel good too, although we already love it. so much

  • This is great news! I hope the process goes as smoothly as possible. 🙂

  • I hope so too, Tami! 🙂 Thanks!

  • THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!! Congrats!!!! I hope you love it – there are many days I miss Tennessee, but Nashville is something spectacular all on its own!! Enjoy it!!

  • Thanks, Lauren!!!! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh yay!!! How exciting lady!!

  • Yay!!!!!! 🙂 thank you!

  • I am jealous of your move! We loved Nashville when we went! If my agency had a bigger office there, I totally would have tried to transfer there!

  • I think you should work on that, Sarah! 😉 Tell your company to expand and then you can manage! (I'm trying to recruit as many awesome people as I can, ha!)

  • Congratulations! So happy for you + X! I hope the future is filled with adventure for you both 🙂

  • Thank you so much, Caitlin 🙂

  • Yayyy! Congrats! We just moved to Atlanta last month and love it! I felt the same way you talked about because it is a move we had hoped for and thought about a million times but it had never worked out. It kept being delayed then cancelled then replanned and cancelled. When it finally happened I was overjoyed! It's been a great change and I hope yours goes just as good.

  • Thank you! 🙂 Moves can be really exciting… even through all of the changes and stress!

  • So excited for you and your new adventure!!!

  • Thanks, lady!! Me too!!! 🙂

  • CJ Stahl

    Seriously, I love this picture!!! We are getting ready to move from Chicago to nashville and I’m looking for something like your map pic as our moving announcment. Might you be able to help with this?

    • Hey CJ! How exciting! You will absolutely love it here. Shoot me an email about the graphic – I can tell you how I made it (so easy!)