Why We Moved From Virginia to Alabama

My husband and I moved from Virginia to Mississippi in April 2007, when I was about seven months pregnant. We were close to the state line so after our son was born we began looking for a home in Alabama because taxes are lower. We were able to buy half an acre of land, an older manufactured home, move said home, and set up utilities for under $15k.


We came here because I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I don’t trust many people with my children so the thought of strangers watching them made me sick. My husband made decent money in Northern Virginia, but in order to survive we were having to live with family. That puts a strain on any relationship.

We have stayed down here because there is little regulation on everything. At times that has caused trouble, but most of the time its great. My husband built our 12×12 tiny house without requiring permits, we moved both of our manufactured homes here without requiring permits, and we can add on to our homes at any time without permits.

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Another great thing is our taxes. We pay $12 per year for our home and land. That’s it. Guess what, we still have schools, roads, and everything. The local government wants you to spend money in town, so they let you keep more of it. Its a great system!

We also love how everyone helps everyone else. If you need something all you have to do is ask and be prepared to return the favor some day. It’s basically like credit, because if you don’t repay the favor they’re going to be busy next time.

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Also, there are mountains and beautiful, clean ocean. My husband and I were not beach people until we visited Orange Beach. It’s amazing! It’s also affordable and unlike some places you don’t have to stay at an ocean front hotel to gain beach access. The whole beach is public property. We still love visiting Huntsville to get our mountain fix because it’s still warmer there than Virginia most of the time. The German culture (food) is worth the visit alone.

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I could keep going, but I think you see where I’m going here. Is Alabama perfect? No. I really wish there wasn’t a monopoly on health insurance, but I’m not going to move over it. This is home and I’ll be here forever, God willing.

Bringing Your Ancestors Back to Life

You’re probably wondering what I’m getting at with a title like this. Your attention. If you’re reading this then it worked. 😀

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I want to encourage you to add stories, photographs, anything you can to make your loved ones real to the next generation. Nothing is as exciting to me as a researcher as one of my ancestors with at least one good photograph. I love studying their clothes, guessing their height, and gleaning little tidbits of information about these people who I will never meet.

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The same goes for stories. I had a couple in my family who left New York for Minnesota on their honeymoon and never returned. The story was attached to their profiles on Ancestry.com. They just fell in love with it and never went home. It kind of reminded me of myself and my husband. We visited Alabama and moved here three months later when I was six months pregnant. I’m planning on attaching that story on Ancestry myself one of these days. I know sooner or later someone is going to wonder why a pregnant woman and her husband left Northern Virginia for West Alabama (that’s another blog post).

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    I encourage you to also tell stories to the younger generation. Make history come alive for them! Make it relevant if you can so it’ll stick with them. For instance, my mom was born in Germany after World War Two and they were lucky that they survived. Some of my grandmother’s family perished in the concentration camps. My dad’s father fought the Germans in World War Two. I remember these things because my parents told me about them while I was learning about them in school.


    If you don’t want to post stories online then please write them down. Sooner or later someone will be curious about where they came from.