movin’ on up

10 Jul

north is up, right? that’s how i always pictured it.

well, according to this map i found on the interweb, pennsylvania is definitely more “up” than tennessee.

don't look too close at this map - it's a little old :).

and folks, that’s where we’re headed.

to pennsylvania. (you now have the option to say that with a dracula accent or not, i choose to about half the time.)

having never lived north of well, here, i’m finding it impossible to predict what it will feel like to live so far from sweet tea and southern drawls. so, i did what any child of the internet would do, i did some wiki-research.

pennsylvania – |ˌpensəlˈvānyə| – a state in the northeastern U.S., with a short coastline along Lake Erie in the far northwest; pop. 12,281,054; capital, Harrisburg; statehood, Dec. 12, 1787. Founded in 1682 by William Penn, it became one of the original thirteen states

state dog: great dane.

state tree: hemlock.

state motto: virture, liberty and independence.

state beverage: milk?

those are good things, right?

well, get ready for more good things! like the answer to the obvious question: WHY?

after a roller coaster of applications,waiting, and more and more waiting, the hubs has snagged a spot in a great graduate program at lehigh university in bethlehem, pennsylvania. he’ll be teaching freshman writing, getting a master’s in english lit, and soaking up the academic world once again.

tell me this isn’t a beautiful place?

you know what’s even more beautiful? we’re going on an adventure! moving to a new place, starting new jobs, defining who we want to be around new people, in a new part of the country. new, new, new, new. who knew it would be so fun!

and the best part? we get to do it together – a little bit of old with all the new!

this week, as i start attempting to engage in the ridiculous act of packing, i’ll be focusing on the new, but cherishing my sweet nashville.




friends i refuse to do without

five years in nashville.

going to need a whole bunch of posts to download on that . . . but for now, we’re movin’ on up north in T-minus 3 weeks, and i’m excited for the new!


13 Responses to “movin’ on up”

  1. Dedra July 10, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    I am sitting in front of my lap top crying over my coffee. At the same time, I am so very excited for you both. Sad/Happy… how absurd to feel those emotions within 60 seconds… Love ya girl!

    • dearabbyleigh July 10, 2010 at 9:48 am #

      sweet dedra! i am so lucky to know you and don’t feel worthy of your tears. don’t fret – i’m certain we will be reunited! love you!

  2. requelle July 10, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Oh this makes me sad for us… and so excited for you. Abs, I love how you embrace life with such passion. Thanks for always challenging those around you to do the same, whether you realized it or not. Wow, Nashville will definitely seem a little more empty, and boring, without you in it.

    • dearabbyleigh July 10, 2010 at 9:57 am #

      now i’m crying. thanks for your encouragement requelle. will miss you and the tommy team so much!

  3. Jendi July 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    How exciting! A new adventure! I’ve lived in PA my whole life. You’ll be just a couple hours from me! AND a couple hours from the Relevant Conference – you’re still coming, right?

    • dearabbyleigh July 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

      yay Jendi! I’ll be there with Tommy, still, yep! Can’t wait!

  4. ashleynashville3 July 10, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    wow! that really is a gorgeous place. I am so very excited for your new adventure. And the best part is you can always come back home :-)

    enjoy yourself, emerse yourself in the culture and be sure to get out to the jersey shore. it’s magical. and no i am not talking about the mtv version.

    find me. we’ll talk.

    • dearabbyleigh July 11, 2010 at 12:00 am #

      i was hoping to have a reason to go to the jersey shore. perrrrfect.

  5. Sandy July 11, 2010 at 12:19 am #

    Oh, Abby. Please tell Luke how proud i am! He can teach in that perfect-looking place for a while and you can have your adventure, but you must come back. I want him to teach at Belmont one day–you too! I so wish I had managed to see you before you leave. Love you both.

  6. Kristine Neeley July 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    This makes me happy and sad all at once. It makes me realize how much I took for granted your proximitiy and how I wish we loitered a whole lot more often… BUT… what an exciting adventure you all will have in store. Can’t wait to hear about life up there!

  7. Allie July 12, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    those pictures are beautiful! — i’m already planning my visit. yall can film a new version of dead poets society (i think it’s time)

    thank you for representing me in this sweet post. i will miss you SO MUCH. and i am so proud of yall for taking this step. i can’t wait to see how this adventure will change yall. you have been such a great conversation partner to me over the years(that’s kind of weird to say but it is true–5 years!) but we should kick it old school and start writing letters. thanks for encouraging me and laughing at all my jokes (even the bad ones)

    • dearabbyleigh July 12, 2010 at 7:10 am #

      letters sound wonderful. we leighs need to stick together.



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