This past weekend we drove about four hours East to Knoxville, our soon-to-be new hometown! Although we don't have official word on exact dates, we figured we'd put
our my mind at ease and go explore! We've driven right by it on our way to Virginia and back, but we've never taken a detour to check out what the city has to offer. I have to say, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be impressed, or that there wouldn't be that much to do. I was so wrong! We drove around downtown a bit and although I hate to admit it, I think Knoxville is more fun than downtown Nashville. There. I said it. But that's just my opinion. If you like the bar scene, Nashville is for you! But if you love a downtown where you can find unique shops and restaurants, and where things are a lot closer together, you'd agree with me!
I'm a very visual person and setting eyes on the area has really helped give me reassurance that it's going to be okay. We even found a health foods co-op and two Earth Fares, something that was really important to us. Because we have to sell our house here and it won't be sold by the time we move, we'll be renting an apartment temporarily. I am super bummed about that because it feels like we're taking a step backwards. And apartment living feels too much like college. I was telling this to Michael and he gave me a soccer analogy. Surprisingly, it helped. He said, "In soccer, the goal is always at the end of the field, but sometimes you have to back the ball up in order to go forwards from a better angle...". Or something like that. But it made sense to me and I know it's for the best. We'll have time to get our house sold, pay off our last tiny bit of student loans, and get to know the area before buying what we hope to be a long-term home.
When we got to Knoxville, we were super hungry and went straight to a Zoe's Kitchen in a nicer part of town where we've heard everyone goes to shop. We checked into our hotel and called it a night- we were exhausted. On Saturday morning we got breakfast, spent the morning and early afternoon driving by apartment buildings and stopping in for tours of the ones we thought looked promising. We grabbed lunch at the health foods co-op (where the picture of Michael's bowl of unidentifiable (to me) fish was taken) and got back on the road to explore. We were exhausted after a few hours and went back to the hotel to rest and freshen up before heading out for dinner. We grabbed dinner at Trio in Market Square, a really neat area that has restaurants and shops lining both sides and room enough in the middle for a splash pad. It is a happening place on the weekends and we loved it! Michael's new work building is a block away and we envisioned many lunches together as a family in the square. We spent the rest of the evening wandering around downtown some before calling it a night.
On Sunday we grabbed lunch at Cafe 4 (where I had the most delicious grilled cheese and tomato bisque I've ever had - pictured above) in Market Square (we just couldn't stay away!) and hit the road back to Nashville. Noah was a trooper the entire time and was mostly patient with us as we got him in and out of the car seat all weekend. He's a great little traveler and we're so proud of him. We don't get too many travel weekends as a little family of three (usually Michael is working on our trips), so I really enjoyed the time with my guys.
This weekend was so good for me. As bitter as it is to leave our first home, there is a sweetness about it when I look ahead and see all that the future has to offer. I really do trust that God will provide and put people into our path just like he did here. He's faithful and I'm thankful for that.
Now, onto last week's giveaway! Time's up and it's time to announce the winner of a copy of Bread and Wine!
Drumroll please!!! The winner is Allison from The Bauble Dept! Now this is a HUGE coincidence because Allison just happens to not only be a friend and fellow blogger, but she is Michael's cousin!Congrats, Allison!