As I blogged about previously, we are leaving Tennessee bound for Florida. How long we will be in Florida is still debatable as we plan on taking it one day at a time. The two main reasons we chose Florida is because one, my kids live there and two, there will not be any snow this winter to deal with. The past few days have been a little chilly here in Tennessee and our furbabies are getting a little too cold as well. I think they will love the warmer temperatures.
The last three weeks have been spent between the Nashville and Knoxville areas with our final week being back at Shady Acres RV Park in Lebanon, TN. Lebanon is about a 10-15 minute drive to Nashville and it’s where it all began for us as a couple. When I met Greg back in November 2013, he was living in a Sundance trailer at Shady Acres RV Park. Soon after he moved in with me, we got married and the rest is history as they say or maybe not, especially with us. We ended up trading the Sundance for a Gateway in September 2014, put the house up for sale in November 2014, and closed on the house in December 2014. We had gone to Florida for Thanksgiving and had decided that when we came back we would continue to live in the fifth wheel full-time. The cheapest place in town was Shady Acres, so that’s where we ended up not thinking it would be a big deal to find a place to stay as they do not take reservations. Unfortunately we could only stay a couple weeks max and then we had to move on, but it’s where we started our full-timing lifestyle and where we are ending our travel days as we are back here for the last week of our time in the Nashville area.
There are many things I will miss about Tennessee, but I know I will be back here again many times over. I love the fact that you can tell one season from another as there is actually a fall, winter, spring and summer here. I love going to Cades Cove and catching a glimpse of the deer and bears. I love the waterfalls throughout the Smokies and other parts of Tennessee that I have visited since living here. I love the friends that I have made and will miss you more than you will ever know.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve actually been here almost 6 years. When I showed up in this town, I came with very little. I had no friends or family here, nor a job, but that all soon changed. I have met some wonderful people while on my journey here and I’m leaving with one of the best things I could of found and that is my husband, Greg. I will always be grateful and feel blessed to have him in my life as he has given me more than I deserve or ever thought possible. Although life takes us down many paths I firmly believe that there is a reason for everything that happens. Coming here alone was for a reason, what that reason was, I’m still trying to figure out. Maybe it was so I would meet Greg….maybe it was for me to learn to live on my own…..maybe it was so my grown kids would have to grow up even more, but this time without Mom being so close…..I really don’t know why, but I’m excited to be headed back to Florida….back to where my children and grandchildren are…..back to only being three hours from my aging parents instead of six hours and back to what is familiar to me.
Farewell Tennessee until we meet again…..