What I’ll Miss About El Paso

May 8, 2013


You read that right.

Just don’t tell this crazy chick from 2 years ago. She might throat punch me.

As we near the end of our stay here, there are things in nearly 2 years that I’ve grown to love and become used to about this place. I’d have never thought that any part of me would be sad to move. While I’m beyond excited to head to North Carolina and TREES AND GRASS AND WATER – I’ll never think back on this place as one I hated.

After those first few months.

So here’s my list so I don’t forget:

  • This house. As much as I thought I would die living here from how nasty it was, we’ve really put some effort into it these past two years and made it a home I’d consider buying if we stayed. I love the extra room we made a playroom/office, and the backyard that has about the only grass in the neighborhood that Sam loves to work on.
  • Our friends. Bella has friends, so do I. We will miss them when we go. A lot.
  • The winters. I never thought I wouldn’t miss snow, but I don’t. I do not miss being cold 8 months out of the year. ::coughColoradocough:: The winters here are so nice that we spend every second we can outside.
  • The big city. I’m not a small town girl even having grown up in one. I like being close to museums, restaurants, and things to do. I don’t even mind traffic. El Paso has just about anything we want close by. I’m not sure how big the towns near us will be in NC.
  • My therapist. Yeah, I’ll miss her a lot. It’s not easy to tell someone goodbye that you’ve shared every thought and secret with for the past year of your life.
  • A slower pace of life. NC might be the same, but I’ve gotten used to things just being a lot slower here.
  • Seeing a third world country off the highway. I don’t think the shock value of realizing I’m looking at another country will ever cease for me. It’s pretty amazing to know I’m looking at Mexico maybe a quarter of a mile away at times.

So yes, there will be things I’ll never forget about here. I’m so thankful that these past two years were able to bring some lovely with the hard and the sad. We’re all really excited to move and start life in a new place as a family of four. This was one of the main reasons Sam chose military life again, and I supported it. We aren’t the type of people who want to settle down in one house, raise kids, and stay put. I’d be bored out of my mind, and God must have known that. As high stress as this move can be, I know it’s short term and then a new routine will start again.

With sweet tea, girlfriends I can smoosh in real life instead of by text, fried chicken, SEASONS, and wisteria.

::kicks heels::


Take a peek at this little boy’s 3D ultrasound pics from 12-23 weeks!

Simple ways to reduce infant mortality. Worldwide.

How I’m trying to have a baby, move across the country, work from home, and get ready to speak at my first conference. All in the same two months.


  • Andrea

    May 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Sooo, I know this is kind of random (and possibly creepy?!?), but I’ve been following your blog and instagram for a while now and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions about your life as an Army family. My husband is Ohio Army National Guard now and is planning on making the move to the active duty side. I have a lot of questions and don’t know anyone in the active duty Army community. Thanks 🙂

    1. Diana

      May 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Yes!! For sure, email me at hello@dianawrote.com 🙂

  • Rheanna

    May 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    so excited for you!

  • Cams

    May 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Ah! Where in NC are you moving to? I live in Charlotte! It’ll grow on you…I promise. I’m from the DC area, so it was quite the change, but…now I LOVE IT here. 🙂

    Cheers, Cams

  • Jennifer O.

    May 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I loved the area of NC you are heading to. You can get to the beach easily. Raleigh keeps getting closer and closer because FT. Bragg’s expansion. I think you will love having some sense of season’s. You will get a kick out of how the world shuts down with just a wee bit of snow. Enjoy… we miss it!

  • Sandra

    May 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I grew up in El Paso and moved to Vegas 15 years ago. While it isn’t home anymore, I miss my family, the culture and the FOOD! Best wishes to you on your new adventure!

  • Beth Anne

    May 9, 2013 at 7:05 am


    The end. Hurry up & get here.

  • Chantal

    May 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I sure love moving, as sad as it is to leave things behind! We aren’t leaving here until November/December now, but I’m looking forward to it.

  • Rebecca

    May 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I’m so excited for you and secretly hope I can get myself over go NC to visit you. Also I love that who you are shines so brightly through your writing. Like that ::high kicks:: at the end. Made me love you that much more 🙂

  • Suz

    May 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I’m kicking up my heels too! ::will welcome with Bojangles::

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