As most of you know, my husband Willie (who I’m sure you will be hearing a lot more about in future posts) is in the Navy. Military life has been challenging (which I will probably write a post on at some point) but has given us SO many opportunities that we would probably never have otherwise (case in point: getting to live in California and Hawaii).
Yep, thats mister handsome! 🙂
Moving from California (our first PCS) to Hawaii had its advantages and disadvantages.
California + dry heat = says 102° but feels like 80°.
Hawaii + humidity = says 80° but feels like 115°.
The statement above is the only way I can explain it. California’s dry heat is definitely something I miss dearly and wish I could bring to these beautiful islands. With humidity, also comes all sorts of critters which unfortunately I was not forewarned about or prepared for. On move in day a centipede slithered across our bathroom floor, a gecko sat in our kitchen windowsill and a family of lizards currently live in our outdoor plants. That’s Hawaii for ya (the part they don’t tell you about). Future visitors and house guests, you have been warned!
We were more acclimated to the high cost of living, which still astonishes this NC native but is the norm in California and even more so in Hawaii. Just so you can get an idea, our rent for a 2 bed 1.5 bath is a whopping $2,300 after utilities (AND we don’t run our AC). That doesn’t even take into account if our place had fancy upgrades like hardwoods, granite countertops, new appliances, tile bathrooms and laundry inside the unit (which would probably add another grand on top of what we pay now).
As crazy as rent sounds, OWNING a SMALL FIXER UPPER can easily set you back $650,000+. If you have sights on a newly built, beach front, luxury home, money obviously is no issue for you mister multi-millionaire! Whatever size house, apartment or condo you own or rent, at the end of the day all you’re really paying for is the “American dream” to live in paradise.
As much as I would love a new house with all those nice things, what I love EVEN MORE is riding my bike 1 mile down the street to some of the world’s most BEAUTIFUL beaches that some people will never get the chance to see. We’ve been here for almost a month and sometimes I still have to pinch myself!
As I reflect on our journey, I know God has put us here for a purpose, a purpose far greater than what our little minds could ever imagine. As we face a lot of changes and unknowns in this mysterious new land, our goals have never changed – to know God and make Him known.
This season of life is a happy one, a lot of change, but happy!