Hello everyone. I wanted to write a quick post asking for prayer for our family. I hope comments are working now. I wanted comments open on my post yesterday, but for some reason comments were closed. That was really frustrating to me because I hadn’t written for a month and I wanted to talk with everyone. Anyway, if you wanted to comment on my post yesterday, but couldn’t, please feel free to do that here. Now, about my prayer request.
Most of you know that I have lived in Colorado for most of my life. I will be 42 this summer and I have lived here for 34 years. I was born in Illinois in the 70s, but I was raised in Littleton, Colorado from 1981 to 1991. I went to high school in Illinois, then came back here for college in 1996 and have been here ever since. This is my home and I love it here. I love everything about it. Our children were born here and we are raising them in an excellent, safe, and peaceful community. I don’t want to leave.
Unfortunately, democrats have increasingly taken over our state and they have raised taxes to a point that it is becoming unaffordable to live here. In the last few days we have had some difficult and interesting conversations about possibly moving to Florida. My wife has family down there in Fort Walton Beach and she grew up visiting them. She is interested in the Sarasota area and she is already looking at teaching jobs and homes. Colorado has reciprocity with Florida for teaching licenses, so it is easy for my wife to get a Florida license.
I have only been to Florida once. We went on a cruise that docked out of Miami. I don’t know much about Florida other than what I’ve seen on TV and heard from my wife. It has a lower cost of living than here for sure. It is becoming like California here. The housing market is way overpriced and everything is expensive. We just can’t keep up with the constant tax increases anymore. Florida doesn’t have state income tax, which is very nice. It’s also a majority red state with a strong Republican Governor, which I also like. The white sand beaches in Sarasota look very nice too.
My wife and kids are excited. My kids keep talking about Disney World, beaches, the ocean, dolphins, and all the other attractions to visit. My wife is tired of winter and she would love living in a hot place year round. Plus, she loves Florida and loved going there as a kid. They are also pumped about having a house with a pool.
I can’t say I’m excited. I’m more in shock that we are even discussing moving to Florida. A place I never thought I’d live and I never wanted to leave Colorado again. This is my home and it’s hard to even think about it at this point. I’m liking winter less and less as I get older, and it would be nice to have warm temperatures year round, but I would probably miss having four seasons. Even our winters are pretty mild most of the time. It’s the spring blizzards that are annoying. Our summers are always nice with a mild fall and our skies are almost always bright blue with over 330 days of sunshine per year.
I do not like humidity even a little bit. I’m a mountain man and I like the crisp high altitude air we breathe here. I’ve never been in a hurricane, but I wouldn’t like it. I don’t like nasty bugs, snakes, or mosquitos either and Florida has plenty of that. And don’t forget gators too. I can deal with mountain lions and bears, but I don’t like swamp critters. And what’s up with the terrifying sink holes in Florida? Man, that one dude was swallowed alive while laying in bed! I’d rather be high and dry and safe from gaping holes in the earth here in the Rockies. We have spiders and snakes here too, but nothing like Florida, and no cockroaches. I do like fishing though and Florida has great fishing, and plenty of sunshine, so there is that.
There is so much to think about and so much to do if we do move. Just selling our house and finding a home in Florida is daunting. My wife has to get a Florida teaching license and apply for jobs first, then we’ll go from there. It would help us financially to leave Colorado for sure, but at this point it would take a miracle for us to move there. To me it feels like the Red Sea is in front of us and God needs to make a way or we won’t get through.
Please pray that we would have wisdom and discernment in how to move forward in all this. Pray we hear the Lord’s voice clearly and follow His will. And if you live in Florida or you have experience living there, please let me know your inside knowledge.
Thanks for your prayers!
Grace and peace!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths