New Year’s Letter 2012-2013
“How in the world did you get to Kingsland Georgia from Alaska?” This is pretty much the standard greeting we receive as soon as someone hears we are from the most popular state on cable TV. The short answer is, we don’t know. It was not planned, it was not perceived, it is just where we are right now.
2012 has been another banner year of change for the Godfrey clan. From Alaska, to Costa Rica to Kingsland Georgia en route to ??? Unfortunately, we knew our time Costa Rica had come to an end, prematurely from what we anticipated. We left behind the warmth, the sun, the water, the surfing, our church and most of all some very good friends. It was an awesome year there, a life changing year for each and every one of us, and right now we are all trying to break out of a Costa Rica hangover; Trying to figure the next step in our journey.
When we left, we felt that we did not want to go back to Alaska, that we wanted to try something different, somewhere different. But we also knew that if we were to live in the states, I would need to get a job and insurance once again. A most depressing thought. We also felt that we wanted to live in a small town on the southeast coast of the US. After months of job searching, researching, interviews, offers and denials, we ended up here. A small town with what we thought would be a nice small high school, another important part of our checklist. Unfortunately, after accepting employment on one of two nuclear submarine bases in the US, we found out that the tiny high school does not exist in Camden County.
You see, football is pretty important around here. As important as surfing in Costa Rica, salmon fishing in Alaska, or breathing to a human being. High school football is a way of life here. And to ensure that they have a competitive team, all the small schools in Camden County feed into one mega giant high school, bigger than many colleges, including the one I attend and the ones Dorian and Alli are going to.
So we got our small town, we got our East Coast, we got our ocean, we got a job, we got a southern looking house, but we have to settle with the worlds largest small town high school. The school Liv and Jeremy will be attending starting this January. I guess we should’ve been wary when we heard they issued GPS’s to all new students with routes to their classes.
Speaking of school, Alli has finished up her first semester of college at Evangel in Springfield MO. As we predicted, she was involved in way too many activities, including dance and drama, and that’s not just her normal day-to-day life. But she did also join a real dance team and a real play, again. In fact, I think she was the only freshman to have a lead role in the play. I think she was also on several committees, made tons of friends and is moving to a different dorm next semester. She says her grades are good, but I have no evidence to that fact.
Dorian has also finished his first semester at Palm Beach Atlantic. He didn’t join dance, he wasn’t in a play. He pretty much studied, worked out and ate at his cafeteria which was open 24 hours a day. He was close enough to come home for Thanksgiving, and enjoyed some stellar weather. He also tells us his grades are good. He must take after his dad.
The rest of the kids are currently being home schooled as we arrived in Georgia too late for them to enroll. However, they are attending youth group and doing their best to make some new friends.They are slowly sliding back into the life of a full-fledged American, albeit a southern American, a special breed as we are learning. They continue to grow, continue to eat and continue to fill our lives with joy, with a dash of anxiety and frustration. You would think by now we would have this child rearing thing figured out. Maybe next year.
Another unintended benefit of living her is the ability to coupon, a new hobby which has ensnared my wife. There are actual sales here, multiple grocery stores, double coupons and recycling bins to dumpster dive into. I guess there are worse things for her to be doing.
Another fortunate side affect of living in Kingsland is that we are only 2.5 hours from Orlando Florida, and we know that Alaska Airlines flies into Orlando, so we expect that our friends and family will have a much easier time visiting us than they did in Costa Rica. Fortunately a few friends and family had passports and a strong thirst for sun last year so we had some great hometown fun. But we are expecting much more this year. And in case you did not know, it stays pretty warm around here year round. Not Costa Rica warm, but light jacket and flip-flops warm. So if you are making a trip to visit Mickey, and you a need a break from $7 sodas, wicked witches, and throngs of plastic ears, take a few hours to drive north from some sweet tea and southern hospitality. We would live to see y’all.
In closing; I don’t know where we will end up in 2013, but it will likely be somewhere in the US. I don’t know what we will be doing, or why, but I pray it is as a family, closer and stronger together than in 2012.I also pray that involves time with our friends and family. But mostly I pray that we find an answer to the question of what the heck we are doing in Kingsland Georgia ( Go Bulldogs! Just trying to blend).