I think that the biggest lesson Calvin and I have learned since we have gotten married is that "your plan" in life is not always the actual plan. God's plans may be tricky, but He does know best! We figured the move to San Fran would be permanent (at least somewhat) but that was not His plan for us.
We found out the hard way that the only way to move pass the amazing opportunities in San Francisco was to go there, figure out that it is impossibly expensive there for a newly wed couple and move on to next plan that the Lord had for us! We were so blessed to have such a great friend to stay with there. Natalie was absolutely amazing, understanding and patient with our crazy situation. She was such a doll and we are so so blessed to have her in our life!
Moral of the story is sometimes you just have to give things a shot. We do not regret our decision to give Cali a try, and I think if the opportunity presents itself in the future we would definitely consider going back, but next time we will be fully ready for the crazy cost of living there and the unique environment :)
We are happy and slowly getting settled in Charlotte, NC. We are buying cheap furniture to refinish and getting our crazy separation anxiety dog settled. Who is currently barking at thunder (boy do our neighbors love us right now) but in time I am sure that we will be very happy here. Minus the bugs. The bugs have to go. But that story is for another day :)