Winter Garden houseWe have unpacked and settled in to this strange city, with these unknown neighbors and this WEIRD grass!  What is with this crunchy grass?

There is so much on the “to do” list:
Find a church
Find a bank (we had a community bank that doesn’t exist here)
Find a doctor for everyone
Find a dentist
Find an orthodontist (two of the kids just got braces)
Not to mention we need to get all the utilities settled, oh…and find a grocery store!  We are hungry!!

Then there is the list of questions you never thought you would have:

Who will fix the van when it needs repairs?
Where is the closest Chick-fil-A?
What is that road you take to (fill in the blank with ANYTHING because we don’t know where anything is)?
Where is the Target? Starbucks? Home Depot?
Oh…and again, where is the grocery store?  We still haven’t eaten.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE????

**Before anyone sends me a message about how unsafe it is to put pictures on the internet of where we live…this was our first house here in Orlando.  We have since moved.

About The Author

I am the mom of the typical American family that did a not-so-typical thing! We moved 1000 miles south of our hometown to a city we knew little about. Those first few weeks were crazy! I didn't go anywhere without putting the address into my GPS. I drove the wrong way on the Turnpike & the 408 and at one point ended up in Winter Park when I was headed to Winter Springs! We struggled with everything from finding doctors and dentists to determining where to grocery shop. Every trip to get gas or dinner was a new exploration and adventure. Within a few weeks, however, we had made a serious dent in our "To Find" list and started to feel a little confident in this new city. Today, It has been nearly 2 years since we pulled that moving truck into Orlando and we all couldn't be happier or more settled! This isn't the path for every family...that's for sure. But if you are prepared for the same journey, hopefully I can be a resource for you so you don't end up in Hunter's Creek when you are trying to go to Altamonte Springs!

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