One takes many risks when deciding to pick up and move across the country. Sure, there's the cost, the inconvenience, and even the courage you have to muster in order to conquer the distance. But, in our case, there was an additional mystery added to our venture. We had never seen the apartment we were about to move our lives into.
Now, I've moved into a new space "sight unseen" before; but, that was way back before a husband or children were in the picture. I figured I could just about get by living anywhere, and indeed I did. But, this was a whole new ballgame.
When the final decision was made that, yes, indeed, we were officially moving to Nashville. I started scouring the internet in search of our next home. I had limited criteria, "safety" and "location" being at the foremost of my priorities. Certainly, "cost" was a MAJOR factor as we anticipated the probability of moving without a job in place. But, the nice thing was that when you live in California, just about anywhere is going to be cheaper than your used to, so that was a huge bonus in our favor.
I clumsily bounced around various websites, filtering out the scary ones and weeding through the unattainables. Still, I wasn't really finding anything that seemed to fit our needs. Then, a friend of mine in Nashville emailed me a very casual "maybe check out this place" as a friend of a friend of ours lived there years ago. The thing was - there was no website, no photos, no nothing to go on what this apartment complex actually looked like from 2,000 miles away.
It was a Friday when I called their leasing office. Against all odds (and the manager actually told me, they never have openings for their 2 bedrooms) there was an opening in mid-June. On Sunday, I emailed our application. On Monday morning we got a call that we got the apartment. Done deal. Whoa. What had I just gotten us into????
This is when it started to really sink in that we were going to move. We had a new home waiting for us. We just didn't know what it looked like.
Fortunately, I was able to have my sister-in-law and my friend drive-by the complex and scope it out a bit. It appeared well taken care of, and nothing scary on the outside. I got a few photos sent to me of the premises and even our new front door. But still, the inside was a mystery!
So...you can only imagine my anxiety, my hope, and my relief when we pulled up and I saw a clean, stable, brick building before me. The grass was mowed, the cars in the lot were normal (nothing up on cinder blocks, thank goodness) and a few nice big trees dotted the lawn in front of our new home. The time had come....ENTER!
Tune in tomorrow for a look INSIDE! :)