Last week on Instagram I announced (along with this photo) that there was some fun and exciting news coming to the blog. I invited people to guess, and y'all, what I thought was pretty sly, was apparently very obvious. But as so many (a.k.a. ALL) of you guessed correctly, WE’RE MOVING TO GEORGIA! Augusta, Georgia, to be exact.
Over the last year Ivan and I have started to consider what was “next” for us. We assumed we’d stay Louisville but were also open to moving elsewhere should the Lord open a door.
With my sister and her husband stationed in Augusta and my parents an hour away, we joked, “What if we moved to Augusta [insert laughter]?” But then, quickly, it turned into a more serious conversation.
While visiting my parents we went to Augusta to check out the city and a local church in the area. We were encouraged with the brothers and sisters in Christ that we met there. As we made our journey back to Louisville we still weren’t convinced we would move. But over the course of a week the Lord opened door after door for us to make the move possible. We were encouraged by people we love and respect that this was a good opportunity for us. So after only being home for about a week, we returned to house hunt in Augusta.
We spent one week looking at anywhere from three to seven houses each day. Some we hated, some we loved. Some got snatched out from under us before we could get our foot in the door. But after eight days of looking, a house that met all of our criteria hit the market and we POUNCED! We called our realtor, got into the first showing of the day, and made an offer while we stood in the home. The next 36 hours were a rollercoaster of emotions. But finally, we got the call that said our offer had beat a few others. We are now under contract for this sweet little home with the red door!
As excited as we are about this new season, we are sad to be leaving Louisville—to be leaving such an amazing church family, some of our closest friends, and an overall great city. This is the city that Ivan and I met, where we got married, where we had both of our babies, and grew in our walks with the Lord. And though goodbyes are hard—and the next few weeks will be sad for us—we trust the Lord has a good plan for us, even in Georgia.
So, what does this mean for Sarah Mesa Photography? The business will obviously be moving to start serving the greater Augusta area. But until we move I want to get each and everyone one of you sweet clients in front of my camera. Y’all have been a blessing to me. Moving my business from Savannah in 2013 was a challenge but worth it. It has been a joy to watch your children grow over the last five years, your teenagers go to college, your anniversaries be celebrated, and your families enjoy life. I’ve had so many sweet clients hire me to document their engagement, wedding, children, and anniversaries and to leave that is not easy. But I thank you so much for entrusting me with those memories.
Again, I hope to see many of your smiling faces before we leave and so I’m offering mini-sessions from now until September 5th. All sessions are discounted to $150 and include 40–60 edited images in an online gallery. If you’re interested in booking a goodbye session, please fill out the form below and I’ll get you worked into the schedule as soon as possible!
Again, thank you. Thank you for supporting Sarah Mesa Photography, for becoming friends, and for entrusting me with your memories!