So…

…we are moving to Florida! Tim has accepted a tenure-track position at a university in the Tampa area. We are beyond excited. The job process was very long and taught us a lot about ourselves. I could not be happier for Tim–he worked relentlessly for this job. He was optimistic when it was grim, he compiled outstanding materials, and he never compromised his own ethics. I am very proud of him.

We flew to Florida a couple of weeks ago to see he university and try to find a rental home. Below are some photos of the school, which is gorgeous.

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We drove around for about 500 miles, exploring the area and looking for homes. Florida is fairly new in comparison with the rest of the East Coast. While living in Pennsylvania, we have loved our old (115 year-old) Purple House. It looked like it would be challenging to find an “older” home. But!

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We found a 1926 bungalow in the older section of town. We were smitten and put an application in right away (we drove to the realtor’s office with credit scores and W2s in hand, haha). We got it! The room over the garage is actually a guest suite. Perfect! We have the keys on July 1.

After the application was in, we drove to Clearwater Beach. It is so beautiful and only about 40 minutes from the house.

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We drove down the coast and stopped at state park beaches along the way.

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It was a great trip. We are really excited about living in the area. Obviously the weather is fantastic. I love the beach and miss it when I am not within reasonable driving distance. I love coastal culture–the beach shacks, the food, and seeing people so happy. I love to swim and read on the beach. We had to keep pinching ourselves. However, we both know that with this opportunity comes new challenges. It will not be easy. We are away from family and friends. We will both have new jobs and need to learn a new area. We will be living in a tourist-centered culture. Yet we are so ready for this adventure. We can’t help but be happy and excited. We are so grateful to those who supported and encouraged us throughout this process–especially our parents and families.

And now the work begins. We are hoping to put a deposit down on movers today. We have signed our lease. We continue our selling, purging, and organizing. We are buying those big cardboard moving boxes and rolls of bubble-wrap. Purple House is rented to a nice couple from Brooklyn. Another chapter begins.

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House photos by Coldwell Banker.

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