If you were going to "sell" Crestview to a potential resident, what would you say about our area?

Would you mention that we are a safe, friendly town in which to live?

Would you mention our great schools and churches?

Would you mention what services we have available; that we have good doctors and a hospital here in town?

Would you stress how beautiful this area is, and as an added bonus that we are only about 40 minutes from the beach for those who love the waves and sand?

We are blessed to live in the Crestview area.

We are looking for a different house, and what an adventure that is becoming.

There are so many decisions to make, such as:

•Do we want to live at the north or south end of town?

•Do we want to be in a neighborhood or do we want acreage?

•Do we want separate residences, a "guest house" and main house?

•What size house do we want/need? How many bedrooms and bathrooms?

•Do we want a new house or one that already exists?

•How many modifications can we make on an existing home?

•What do we keep, donate or toss?

•How much will we have to spend to buy, sell and move two households?

As you can see, there are many things to consider. We have looked at a few homes, but there could be more looking in our future.

We have very specific needs since we are moving family members across the country. It is always difficult to move and leave loved ones and to learn to call a new area "home."

The good news is that there are very nice homes for sale in the Crestview area and we seem to have a variety from which to choose.

We all want a single-story home as stairs get more and more difficult as one gets older. Fortunately, there are many ranch style homes in our area.

We are embarking on a new journey in our life — one that will take some time, but will bring joy in the long run.

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.