Life is more relaxed here.
More fresh air.
People are friendlier.
Gas is significantly cheaper.
Josh is finally able to fulfill his dream of becoming a teacher.
Perfect view in the mornings.
We're both much, much happier here than we ever were in Virginia.
I feel safer here. Even when Josh is away.
Every time I drive past a cornfield (which is often when you live in a cornfield) "Wide Open Spaces" by The Dixie Chicks plays in my head.
Our life feels more settled here. Maybe it's the laid-back lifestyle or the fact that I know we'll be here for at least 4 years, but it feels concrete - like I'm finally standing on solid ground for the first time in 3 years.
Life in Champaign is one big fresh start for us. And we're taking full advantage of the opportunity.