Sweet Home Carolina
It’s been 104 days since Addison and I drove our U-Haul trailer back into Columbia, South Carolina. The time has flown by — so fast, in fact, that we haven’t had the time to write.
But here I am now. A Southern gentleman back home in the Carolinas.
And nearly every day of the past 104 someone asks: how do you like being home?
My response? It feels like home.
I’ve lived a lot of my life in Columbia, and it feels comfortable. Since being back, it’s even felt comforting.
We have loving family close by, and we’ve spent many weekends with them sharing stories and making memories. We have dear friends here who have embraced Addison and me tightly, helping us settle back in. We have restaurants and shops and parks and hang-outs and rivers and lakes we’ve known and loved for many years, and we’ve slipped right back into our comfort zone with them.
I guess Columbia is simply home to us, and we’re quite glad to be back.
We’re living in an adorable two-bedroom condo right on the Broad River. We call it our little treehouse because when we look out the windows, we see so many shades of green as we look out onto the water. We have a lovely screen porch, and the second bedroom has become a rather cozy home office for me.
Our place is close to downtown, where all the best restaurants, bars, and entertainment spots are. A mile up the road is an amazing, affordable gym, where you can find us three nights a week. Our little treehouse is also convenient for Addison to get to work. So all in all, it’s a good spot for us for now, until we’re ready for a house.
Since we’ve been back, we’ve already done many of the things we missed so much while we were away. We’ve spent our weekends playing on the lake and kayaking in the river. We’ve walked around the gardens where we were married, drinking wine and looking at what’s bloomed. We’ve gone to the beach and breathed in the air of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ve eaten my mother’s amazing cooking, and we’ve played cards.
And we’ve been spending so much time with the people we love so dearly that we’ve had little time to write. But we’re hoping to re-commit and share more about life and work and fun and our plans for the future.
Until next time, just know we’re happy and healthy and loving our life and the wonderful people who are in it.