Sunday, September 17, 2017

Update: Life in Ohio

We are one month away from having lived in Ohio for a year.  I have to say that the newness has not worn off, I still love it here!  This is by far my favorite place that I have lived in my life.  God has really blessed us here.

Even though our pay was substantially lower, we are finding that the quality of life here is far more superior than in Washington state.  The income taxes are horrible here but it may be worth it because it is so beautiful here and full of life.  Did I just say that? LOL!  At least the sales tax is low and there is no tax on food.  We were able to purchase our first home before we moved here and have our first brand-new car.  I believe the time was right for us to enter into these "luxuries" and keep our debt-free lifestyle.

The kids love it here too, they are happy all the time and we never run out of things to do.  If anything, there is SO much to do in our area alone that it is overwhelming and even after a year, we haven't even touched the whole of it.  Then, there is all that is out to do just 90 minutes from here and then on - there is nothing like living in the eastern part of the US!  I was on the west coast for 18 years (Alaska and WA) and though I loved Alaska's scenery, it was horribly lonely there.  Washington was probably the worst place we have lived in my opinion, although my husband loved it but he is loving it here now possibly more than WA.

God led us in a new direction as He is showing us just what He called us to this city for, it is becoming very clear we have a purpose.  Many amazing things have happened as God opened doors to show us He is not limited in how He can use us in the future.  Our church is wonderful and the people are very loving and our oldest daughter is really growing in her walk with the Lord.  I also experienced something that I never thought I would experience in my life.  I thought that because of my past traumas in life that I would never feel like I "belong."  However, I finally feel like I belong!  It had nothing to do with my past traumas, it just had to do with being where God wants us.  I hope to blog on this very topic in the future about heeding God's voice above all and really having faith in Him.

The weather here is better than I expected.  I was thinking it would be horrible with the humidity but I've found after now living here through every season, it is not bad at all!  The humidity is hardly noticeable to me and I've only felt it "muggy" on a few days this summer.  I'm loving every season here and it is wonderful to have fall and see the leaves change - we missed that for 10 years in WA.

I think that about sums it up so far - thanking God for this city and our new life here.

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Twocans said...

Aw, I'm glad you're settling in there, but you are missed here too! I didn't know you hated Washington! My best to your family!

tealady said...

Isn't is awesome when you find your safe haven Your little piece of growing and teaching your family. You sound happy which is sonice to see. After a few bad things hit it just become so daunting.

Bev said...

Thank you Twocans! I definitely miss a lot of people there, including you! I just was never happy living in WA. The rain really got to me and something about the place didn't feel like home. I was willing to stay forever if that was what God wanted, but glad He didn't lol. 😂

Bev said...

It is Tealady! I never thought I would feel like this and so thankful. I had so much tragedy but glad I made it through. It all shaped me a better person and that is the good that came out of it all!

Alyssa said...

Praise God for renewing and giving you such blessings! So excited for you!

Bev said...

Thanks Alyssa! 🙂

On A Journey said...

Ohio is wonderful. I've lived here my entire life. There are so many things to do here. So many places to explore and tons of awesome fall festivals.

Bev said...

We are going to a Fall Festival this week actually! 🙂

Diana Molino said...

That’s such good news that you love it in Ohio! I love the part you said, “heeding God's voice above all and really having faith in Him”.
It was in England when I came to that place, listening to His voice instead of those who controlled and manipulated.

Bev said...

Thanks for stopping by Diana! 👍

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