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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Envelope Has Spoken: Where We Matched!


After what felt like an eternity, Friday, March 18th, 2016 arrived. With it came a tiny black box with Christopher's name on it, and a gold envelope inside. On the inside of that envelope was the name of our new city.

After a long morning of nerves and laughs and both happy and anxious tears and hugs and jitters, we counted down from 10 and finally opened that ominous, fancy envelope to reveal where our next adventure would be taking place. . .


I could not be more thrilled with this news. Seriously, I am overjoyed. I was hoping and hoping and hoping for Gainesville, but-and I realize this sounds incredibly cynical-I felt like since I wanted it so badly, there was no way it was going to happen. 

But it did. 

And I am over the freaking moon excited about it. 

I am so happy that Chris is going to get to follow his dream of becoming a surgeon, and that he's going to get to do that in a state that I love. I am so happy we'll be near family. I am so happy that Jack will get to grow up a little Florida baby.

What a journey. What a reward. 

I finally feel like I can relax a little bit-no more holding my breath waiting on answers. I feel like I can just be for a little while. 

But not for too long, of course...because there are houses to look for and restaurants and parks and churches and stores to look up. Because a new adventure is starting, and it's going to be a good one. 

Gainesville, I'm coming for you!

73 comments:

  1. YAY! So glad that y'all got the city that you really wanted! Congratulations - I hope that y'all are still celebrating this accomplishment :)

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  2. Congratulations!! That's wonderful that you guys will get to be in your home state, and that it was they city you were rooting for!

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  3. OMG YOU'RE RIGHT NEAR ME!!!!!!! Gainesville is 2.5 hours from Tallahassee (rival towns, might I add). Yay yay yayyyyy!!!!!!!

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  4. Congrats! Hope you all have a wonderful move :)

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  5. SO excited for you! I'm so happy that you got your first choice. On to the next adventure!

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  6. I'm so happy for you!! Perfect match! What a dream come true for the four of you! Congratulations to you & Chris!

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  7. Congratulations to you guys!! I'm so happy it's somewhere you really wanted!

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  8. congrats on the great match! what an exciting journey ahead! :)

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  9. Such exciting news! Congratulations to your little family!

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  10. Yay! I am so excited for you and your family! BTW - are you wearing a freaking half shirt five seconds after having a baby? You are killing it right now!

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  11. Ahh so excited for you guys! I can only imagine how relieved you feel to finally know the answer now :)

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  12. Oh my gosh - I've heard that people LOVE living there! So exciting! Thanks for sharing this journey with us! Congrats!

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  13. Congratulations! This is the best news!

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  14. Ah considering I spent 4 years of college there, you guys are going to love it!! Go Gators! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  15. YAYAYAYAYAYAY! So glad you got where you wanted :)!

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  16. So glad you got your top choice!

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  17. yay! congrats! it will be so nice for you guys to 1) enjoy sun and 2) be close to family - free babysitters! ;) haha

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  18. Congratulations, so excited for you all!

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  19. I've been waiting for this post to see where you all end up! I couldn't be more happy for all of you!!!!!

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  20. YAY! Congrats! I am so happy and excited for you guys and that you get to go where you'll be happy!!! Awesome news!!!

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  21. Congratulations guys! I'm so happy your hopes were realized!

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  22. YAYYYY--so awesome you got somewhere you were hoping! Congratulations to both of you, seriously so great!

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  23. Woohoo! I live about an hour away from Gainesville, it's great! You guys will love it.
    -Kristen
    www.pugsandpearl.com

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  24. Wooooooo!!!! Florida!!!!! That's so awesome! You must be thrilled!

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  25. What do you mean matched? what does do yall do?

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  26. So so excited for y'all! Can't wait to read all about your new adventure! :)

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  27. So excited for you guys! I'm glad you get to stay in Florida!

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  28. YAY! I'm so happy for y'all! And it's even better that you got placed in a city that you were hoping for! I can't wait to follow along with y'all journey!

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  29. So happy for you guys! And how cute do you look in this photo?! <3

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  30. Yay! So exciting you get to stay in Florida AND got the destination you wanted!

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  31. CONGRATS!! :) So happy for your cute fam!!

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  32. So happy for you two! Congrats!!

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  33. HOW EXCITING! SO many congratulations!

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  34. So so so excited for you guys, CONGRATS! Yay for staying in the beautiful sunshine state <3
    Green Fashionista

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  35. Match Day 2016 is finally over! CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING THE CITY YOU REALLY WANTED! And CONGRATULATIONS to Chris on all of his accomplishments! It will be such an exciting adventure on this next stage of y'all's lives! All that you mentioned - looking for a house, restaurants, stores, etc. will be so exciting! It certainly will not feel like a chore! We are so happy that you three will still get to be Floridians! Still close to family, etc.! We are so proud of y'all! We love & miss y'all so much & can't wait to see y'all!!

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  36. How exciting!! I've heard nothing but good things about Gainesville =)

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  37. I loved Gainesville when I visited. So exciting. Congrats again!!!

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  38. Ohhh that's so exciting! I'm so happy for you! And I totally know what you mean. I would definitely be thinking that I wouldn't get it if I wanted it so badly as well. Nothing wrong with protecting yourself from disappointment haha ;)

    So glad everything has worked out for you, though. Congrats!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  39. Congratulations! I'm happy to hear you got the city you both were hoping for.

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  40. Ahh congratulations! What a dream come true in so many ways!

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  41. yay!! so excited for you all! :)

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  42. So exciting! Congrats on this awesome new journey!

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  43. Congrats!! How awesome that you got a place you were really hoping for!!!

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  44. Yay!! I'm so happy you're staying in Florida! No cold weather for you! ;) Now you can breathe again!

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  45. Congratulations!!! How exciting for you and your family. xoxo

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  46. Congrats!!! So exciting that you got the place that you wanted! Cheers to a new adventure!

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  47. WONDERFUL news! Congratulations!

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  48. yayyyy i am so excited for you!! i know what you mean about being cynical, i always tell myself not to hope for certain things because then it's almost guaranteed that it won't happen. but i'm so glad for you it did! congrats!

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  49. Yay!!! Congratulations to you all! Well done to your husband on all his hard work, and yay for getting a place you really, really wanted - now you can shake off most of the nerves & just coast on all the excitement! =) Good luck in your new adventure!!

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  50. AHHH this is SO exciting!! CONGRATS!!! :) Rejoicing with you in this exciting new adventure!!
    Blessings, Rebecca :)

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  51. Oh my gosh, that is sooo exciting! What an amazing experience!

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  52. Congratulations to you both! Sounds like an exciting new adventure.

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  53. That's wonderful news. Congratulations.
    Enjoy taking this next step.
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  54. Oh my heavens, I'm just so happy for you guys! Congratulations on this fun new adventure :)

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  55. Woohooo! Congrats! Be sure to stop by Jacksonville on your way to Gainesville and I'll have a refreshing drink in hand for you two :)

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  56. How exciting! So happy for you and your little family!!! XO

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  57. How exciting!!!!!!!!!!! Eeeeeep!!!! Congratulations!!

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  58. YAY!!! So exciting!! Safe travels to Florida :)

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  59. Ahhhhhhhh that's so exciting for you!!!!!! I can't wait to hear more about your adventures. And PS: YOU LOOK AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHMAZING. Seriously. Fabulous.

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  60. That's so exciting! I've heard nothing but good things about that city. Congrats!

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  61. Congratulations! What an exciting new adventure for your little family :) I love that they make the ceremony so formal. I think here in Canada, you just get a letter in the mail.

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