Making the Tar Heel State “Home”

I blinked and here we are, 10 months later and I have far too much updating, so I present the Cliffsnotes version, picking up where I left off…

Life has taken our family from Leavenworth, Kansas to the Tar-heel state…helloooo, North Carolina, home of the cardinal! The beautiful red cardinal I’ve only seen one time since our move, lol.
We haven’t stopped since our PCS and writing has sat, patiently waiting for me to catch up. Y’all, we just LOVE North Carolina!

Shortly after our move, Hurricane Florence decided to wreak havoc here and flooded our neighborhood. It was such an unexpected whirlwind of a greeting, but thankfully our home was spared and our new community became family with a quickness. Most of us have little ones and together we all bounced right into our first soccer season, which made us more than family, but also a team. This neighborhood is still too good to be true! Now we gear up for t-ball season and I’m still trying to catch my breath. Living closer to Florida has meant more visitors and trips than I could have dreamed for…and…wait for it…DISNEY!

Our year in Kansas really impacted me in such a wonderful way. With our summer military move we choose to live the rural river/farm life and are loving it.

Taking some of the adventure that Kansas sparked, we’ve explored North Carolina, tubing down the Little River and hiking the Cape Fear River, Raven Rock, and Carvers Creek trails. Self proclaimed hiker here!

We have visited several museums, but our favorites have been:

  1. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
  2. Fascinate-U Museum for kids, and
  3. U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum

Downtown Fayetteville and the Haymount district are my favorite places to stroll through, rich in history, shops, and driving trails. The Visitor’s Bureau downtown is the best stop for everything-Fayetteville folks! You can’t get bored here—too much to do!


The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens took quite a beating after Florence, but we love it there too and visit often.

Living in rural America with a population of 130, our neighborhood life has felt like clips from the movies Little Rascals and The Sandlot, and I have nothing to complain about! Fort Bragg has a bad rap among many military spouses, but let the record show, it’s amazing here. Life is what you make of it friends. Kansas taught me to step out of my shell and make life awesome wherever the army takes us. Traveling and exploring our new home-towns has become one of my favorite hobbies. So far, North Carolina is teaching me the value of connecting (off social media), serving, falling (Lord knows I stumble more than I’d like to), and picking myself up…vulnerably braving it out again and again.

For local military families, Fayetteville and its surrounding areas have so much to offer! Here are some wonderful Fay pages I follow–Check them out for more local fun!

www.gofayetteville.com

www.visitfayettevillenc.com

Dare to make life fun today 😊
kathy

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