My husband and I met in college along the Gulf Coast in the deep south.
He was from Gary, Illinois while I was raised in various cities along the Florida-Georgia borderline.
I never considered possibly moving up north with him if we got married and he needed to relocate to help his family. Unfortunately, that’s the exact situation I was posed with about a year after we had tied the knot. His father broke his back a few months after his mother broke her hip. It was me who suggested we move after he stressed over asking me for days. I wanted to support him in any way I possibly could, even if that meant moving to the northern midwest in a climate that I knew would feel insurmountable to me. The first winter season in Illinois was absolutely dreadful. On the one hand I was happy about all of the lush trees and hiking trails in Lansing, Illinois where we settled, while on the other hand I struggled relentlessly with adjusting to the freezing temperatures. When the temperature outside dropped down to 15 degrees below zero one night during my first winter in Lansing, I thought that I was going to freeze to death. Adjusting to this new climate has gotten a little bit easier this year after my husband and I made the joint decision to buy and install radiant heated flooring throughout the entire house. Having radiant heated flooring also means zone-controlled heating in every room of the house. We can activate specific zones and areas independently of one another, with thermostats in every room. Although living in Lansing, Illinois is cold compared to my home along the Gulf Coast, the radiant heated flooring in our house makes the cold weather bearable for me.