It's been two months since we started our journey of 2,000 miles cross-country and moved from California to Tennessee. I lived in Nashville years ago, so part of this move has felt like a strange homecoming of sorts for me. If any of you are sci-fi fans, you can appreciate the thought of this process feeling like I was entering into an alternate universe (think, Fringe-style).
It is familiar, I can remember my way around...and then all of a sudden I will see new buildings out of place, or a renovation of something completely new, or old spaces filled up with unrecognizable structures. It's been a weird, comfortable-yet-uncomfortable combination of getting to re-learn this city I once knew.
I can tell you this, we're right where we should be. We're home, and that's probably the strangest comfortable-yet-uncomfortable feeling of them all. I fit in here. My spouse and children fit in here. My family was a wandering puzzle piece that is slowly completing the picture of what this city should look like.
I say that seriously, because I truly believe God has HUGE plans for using us Pardys in this city, and why not dream big? We're only beginning to settle into this pond that God will generate a ripple-effect from. Since we're handing this vision of impact over to Him, I'm not limiting its boundaries!
When one of our dearest friends visited last week, we got to finally (after weeks of unpacking and healing and settling in) GET OUT and see this city. It was time to show off Nashville and sink our teeth into some of the many fun things this city has to offer.
Now, I can't show you everything - that would take years (which I slowly intend on doing through the course of my time here). But, starting tomorrow, I'll virtually give you all a little tour of our new city, Music City and some of my very favorite spots.
Sure, I've only been back a couple months - you can probably get more information from Yelp or Travel Advisor, but stick around if you want the ten-cent-Pardy tour.
Welcome to Nashville, y'all.