Arkansas

Leap of Faith

So we live in Northwest Arkansas by way of Northern California. We just celebrated our third year here in Arkansas. And I do have to say that this was the best thing we could’ve ever done for our family.

Where we lived in California was OK. We were in Northern California, Sacramento to be exact. In my opinion, they didn’t have the best for our kids. I didn’t care for the schools, and the violence was getting worse. Now I grew up in Sacramento, born and raised. And it was wonderful for me growing up in the 80s and 90s. But in my opinion it’s just gotten better over there.

I knew that I didn’t want to raise my children in California. I never liked living in California. I never felt like it was home. And so we started looking at other states that we could possibly move to to raise our kids. We looked at Texas, South Carolina, Oregon, and Arkansas. And I have a girlfriend that lives here. She also moved here from Northern California. She told me how great it was, how amazing the school system is, how affordable housing is and so we decided that Arkansas would be where we would live.

We moved here without ever visiting. We saved up our money and I quit my job and we packed everything up and moved. We didn’t have jobs here nothing. We just hoped that things would work out when we got here. And they did. I got a job within two weeks of being here. We rented a house for about eight months and then we bought our very first home.

We had always wanted to be homeowners but living in Sacramento there were no homes that we could afford. We are a single income family as my husband is a stay at home dad with our children. Because in California childcare costs about as much as a mortgage and we didn’t want him to work just to pay child care. Because then we would be paying somebody to raise our kids when he could stay home and raise them.

So when we moved here and I started working we realize that we can afford a nice home here. And that’s exactly what we did. We got a beautiful three bedroom two bath house with a huge yard in a really great and safe neighborhood. And we got it for under $150,000.

We absolutely love the school that my oldest goes to. And now our youngest will be starting kindergarten there this year. And we have just really found our forever home. We absolutely love Arkansas.

Taking risks like what we did is really hard and really scary. I remember the whole drive from California to Arkansas I was so scared. I kept telling myself, what if we hate Arkansas? Lucky for us we loved it the moment we got here. And no matter how scary it was, I am so glad that we took that risk.

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