13 September 2012

Our Big Annoucement!!

"Load the car and write the note. Grab your bag and grab your coat. 
Tell the ones that need to know, we are headed north."
-The Avett Brothers

I have dreamed many times about what a blog post like this would look and like. I've also wondered what it would feel like to write it. Well, here goes nothing! It is with much excitement and anticipation that I tell you...

Luke and I are moving to New Jersey!!!

Yup, it's true. And I'm sure you're wondering, "Why New Jersey? What's in New Jersey??" Well, let me explain a little further... 

First and foremost, this is utterly and completely a God thing. I had been looking for a new job for a while. Although I liked my media sales job in Corpus Christi and it served it's purpose, I never got to the point where I felt like it was something I'd do long-term. I had done a few interviews for jobs in both Texas and out of state over the last few months, but nothing stuck. This was incredibly frustrating. By August, I was at a point where pretty serious tears occurred about once a week and I found myself explaining to my sweet husband that I just wasn't happy, I didn't feel like I was reaching my true potential, and that my heart yearned for more. And then a couple of weeks ago, I discovered that the corporate office of the same company my parents own a franchise of was hiring for a marketing position in New Jersey. I applied, but didn't think too much into it. I mean, at this point my heart was a little raw and I didn't see much hope in a job out on the east coast. But God knew what He was doing. He had been preparing an amazing opportunity for Luke and me and it was finally time for Him to unveil it! On September 7th, I received the call that offered me the job!!

Here are a few facts about my new job:
1) My official title is Field Marketing Manager for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. I am one of five field marketing managers (who all live in other parts of the country) and I will manage the marketing efforts for our offices in the New England states. 
2) The corporate office is in Parsippany, NJ, about 28 miles west of Manhattan (you cannot even begin to imagine how happy this makes my heart!).
2) Luke and I must be in New Jersey by the middle of October. This means we have just a few short weeks to wrap things up in Texas. This part does overwhelm me quite a bit, but I know we can do it! 
3) We aren't required to live in Parsippany, we just need to be close to it. So, we are doing a ton of research and will take an apartment-hunting trip up there in the next couple of weeks.
4) I technically work from home, but will travel often. Although I drive a lot for my job in Corpus, this new job requires an entirely different type of traveling (flying/rental car/train/subway). This will be an adjustment, but I'm up for it. I've always wanted to travel for work!
5) I am headed to Atlanta next week for Jackson Hewitt's national convention. Talk about hitting the ground running. I'm really excited about this!

I know this announcement may come as a shock to a lot of people. Luke and I are South Texas kids, born and bred. Such a huge percentage of our friends and family are in Texas and yes, we anticipate this being a huge transition for everyone. As easy as it could be to turn this opportunity down and stay where we are comfortable, we are ready for the next great adventure. We believe that it's when we step out in faith into the unknown, God is able to grow and teach us the most. We're looking forward to the way He is going to use this move to grow and strengthen our marriage. We are excited to see what church He'll plant us in and to meet the friends He has chosen for us. We're still processing all that has happened in the last few days and all that will need to happen before we move. But we are ready to go wherever the Lord has called us and we know He has big plans for The Hintons in New Jersey!

Please, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. There are so many things to work out: packing/shipping/driving our lives to the east coast, where we'll live, what Luke will do once we're up there, etc. But again, God would not have called us to New Jersey if He didn't already know the plans He has for us (Jer. 29:11). And make sure to keep up with the blog! I know I've been neglecting the ol' blog lately, but it's because so much has been going on personally and I needed to bite my tongue until everything was finalized. Now, I cannot wait to share this great adventure with all of our family and friends!

{The Hintons in NYC, circa 2010}

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
-Henry David Thoreau


  1. Yay congratulations! What an exciting adventure and journey and new step in yall's lives! Good luck with the craziness of the next few weeks!

  2. Congrats! I never comment, but I vote you move to Hoboken! ;) Its a fun little town and not to far from where you'll be working!

  3. umm phone date? I am sooo excited for Luke and you! oh and ATL next weekend? I am only 4 hours from there... ok that is all the word vomit I have! Talk soon!!

  4. Congrats girl!! That's so awesome, what an exciting new season for you guys! And I'm super jealous how close you'll be to NYC, my sister lives in New York and I was just there visiting her over Labor Day and it's just the best! Best wishes!! xoxo

  5. Congratulations friend!! What a leap of faith you are taking, trusting in His plan. I am so excited for you guys!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Very exciting!! Congrats on the new job and good luck with the move! Awesome!!

  7. Congratulations, I am so happy for both of you....so exciting! Now we will have post from the east coast to look forward to. Since I have worked for your parents the past few tax seasons I am wondering if we get a direct line to your office for help during tax season! :-)
    God has great plans for the 2 of you, continue to trust in him.

  8. Yay Congratulations Sara! I know how bad yall have been wanting something new and I am so glad that it has finally knocked on your doorstep! You guys will do amazing things in New Jersey and I am so very excited for you two! Good luck with everything and I will miss you! :)

  9. How exciting! Congratulations! I will be praying for you both as you start this new journey in your lives :)

  10. Congratulations and welcome (a little early) to Jersey!!

  11. Congratulations, Sara!! I remember you talking about your dream of finding your way back to NYC and now you are on your way! God is so faithful and kind! Excited for you! -Caitlin

  12. Congratulations! And yes, welcome to NJ!!!

  13. congratulations!! what an exciting move, cannot wait to hear how y'all bloom in your new state!!!

  14. Congratulations! That's so exciting! It's such a gift to feel so confident in the Lord's plans for you! So happy for you two! We will keep you in our prayers. :)


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