A good question and one I answer just about every single day.
12+ years ago my husband was assigned to Womack Medical Center on Fort Bragg. We had young kids and decided the Pinehurst/Southern Pines area was the best place to live. So, my husband commuted for 10 years to Fort Bragg (about a 40 minute drive from our house).
We were SO fortunate that the Army doesn’t move the medical corps around they way they do others. We were able to stay put for 10 years! Our boys went through Moore County schools from elementary to high school – if you’re military, you know what a blessing that is!
After 24 years in the Army, my husband chose to retire…not retire from working (please, we’re not that old!), just retire from the Army. He interviewed at several practices and hospitals in NC and VA. We still had a son in high school and we were not moving him for his senior year, so we had to keep location in mind.
Return to DC
My husband’s dream job happened to be in the DC area at Inova Alexandria. And after serving our country for 24 years, he deserved his dream job! And DC was kind-of like coming home.
You see I grew-up there (I’m actually a fifth-generation Washingtonian), we met and married there AND we had our three boys there.
But, since we still had a child in high school, the plan was for him to start his job in DC and for me to stay in NC until our youngest graduated from high school. So, we bought a two bedroom apartment in DC (Georgetown to be exact) and my husband travelled back and forth on the weekends he wasn’t on-call.
The 2020 Curve Ball
The plan was working perfectly…until March 2020 came along and the world came to a halt.
Yes, we had TWO seniors that year – our oldest was a senior in college and out youngest was a senior in high school. All three boys came home to NC (so thankful we still had our house!) and my husband continued to work in the hospital because women were still pregnant and having babies.
Our plan has morphed and changed over the past 19 months. That’s why I am still spending time in NC and DC. Our timeline got messed-up and we have loved having our quiet house in NC to escape to! And to be honest, I love my NC clients. They are truly the BEST and I’m not ready to part ways with them.
That’s the long and short of it. I split my time between two places. Our Shih Tzu, Georgie, is always in tow – traveling back and forth with me. It’s not really “normal” or “typical”, but it works for us in this stage of our life.
So, if you live in either place, I’d love to send you more information about an in-home newborn or family session with NPS Photography?