Today makes it official... we've lived in Florida for an entire year!
I can't believe that it's been an entire year since I've seen my friends, the house I lived in for my whole life, my elementary school, the street I grew up on... yet somehow, I've grown to enjoy being down here and have realized that I can like this house, and this street, and this town, even if it's not what I've always known. I've never liked change, which is kind of ironic given the life I've led with foster care, so I struggled with the move more than I let on. But I think that I've grown over the past year and I feel at peace with coming down here.
I've accomplished a lot in our year here in Florida.
- I started working at Disney
- I became a trainer at Disney
- I finished writing my first novel
- I published my first children's book
- I started teaching ASL classes
I'm proud of what I've been able to do so far down here, and I look forward to seeing what else I can accomplish in the years to come. I'm also proud of what my family has been able to accomplish... new schools, jobs, creating a new home, learning about new surroundings. There have been big milestones, like a first lost tooth, getting glasses and hearing aids, making new friends and making it through the first day of classes in a new place. Each of my siblings have proven to me that they are much stronger than I am, because I don't think I could have switched schools like they all did. And my parents have kept us all together, created a beautiful new environment for us to live in, and never stopped believing in a better future for us all.
This was only the first year of our new lives, and there's still a lot to be accomplished down here. I mean, I don't know if we can get away with the phrase, "We're new here," still, but let's be honest... you can't learn everything there is to know about a place in just a year. We still don't know where we're going all of the time, and we can't just run to any given store without googling where it is first. We're still waiting to make amazing friends like those we had in New York, but I know that we'll probably never find anyone as amazing as those we left behind. But we're making wonderful progress and loving life here in the Sunshine State.
This first year has been a great one for the Krigsman family, even if it had some bumpy roads at times. I can't wait to see what the next year will bring us.
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