Living in Maryland

Anthony and I both grew up in Ohio and so did our families. I didn't go away to school for college so the first time I moved out of my parents house was after we got married. We didn't just move to a different city...we moved a few states away to Maryland for Anthony's job. Wow what an adjustment that was for me. 

God bless Anthony for putting up with me and driving me back home to my family practically every other weekend for the whole first year we were married. I wasn't working at that time so it was really hard to make friends and all I wanted to do was be back in Ohio. Me and my whole family are so close that I under estimated how difficult of a transition that would be. Anthony was such a trooper. 

It did get a little better once I started working full time as an Emergency Room RN in Baltimore. I didn't quite have the same amount of time on my hands to drive back and forth from Maryland to Ohio but we made due. It moved from every other week to about once a month. Ha! He really is a saint for driving that many times. 

We really started to build a life for ourselves there. I absolutely loved everyone I worked with at St. Agnes Hospital. We were a smaller hospital in Baltimore County so this made easy access for people needing a hospital and not being able to get to one in the city. I have countless stories of people dropping off gun shot wound patients at the front door, someone overdosing in the parking lot, patients having heart attacks or strokes, and everything in between. My emergency room skills developed very quickly and I thrived off that adrenaline! There were lots of really high highs and really low lows. I could have the best and worst day all in one 12 hour shift but I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. 

We quickly realized we were going to be hanging out in this state so we decided to make Maryland our home. We rented a townhouse for about a year before we purchased a town-home for ourselves. Both places we lived at in Maryland were great. The second one being incredibly better than the first but that's the difference between renting and buying. We looked forward to being there even though we were hours away from our family and friends in Ohio. It wasn't until we were both working that we developed such amazing friends that felt like family in Maryland. 

We lived in Maryland for about two and a half years before we started trying for a baby! It didn't take long for us to get pregnant at all. So we lived in Maryland about 3 and half years before heading back to Ohio to be closer to family. We both are so close to our families that we wanted our kiddos to be close to their cousins, aunts and grandparents as well. So when we found out we were pregnant, I let Anthony know that it was time to move home. He was traveling so much for work that I wanted to be closer to my family back in Ohio to help with the baby when he was gone.

We go to Maryland a few times a year for Anthony to see his coworkers and to see our amazing friends we had made throughout the years. Every time we go back we remember all the good times we had there and we love taking Ellie to make memories with her there as well. Maryland will always have a special place in our hearts! It's not the same now as it was when we lived there, friends have moved and we have moved but it will always be a home to us. 

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