i don’t quite have the right words to explain the beauty, challenges, contradictions, and wonderfulness of life right now. the pull to be back in grand rapids for the holidays but also feeling perfectly content here. envying the snow and cold, but also walking around without a coat and loving it. so, here are a … More for the love of november / december
i believe we have entered phase two of our time in san francisco. that feels good. phase one was a roller coaster. so many feelings of “this is supposed to be awesome and it isn’t.” or constantly asking “what is wrong with us? why aren’t we loving it here? ” or just sitting with the … More making home.
i have been asking this question for about the past month. why can’t i love this city? this was the city of my dreams! i would travel here for work and love it. i would feel inspired, run around and even celebrated running across the golden gate bridge! i have imagined moving to san francisco … More san francisco, why are you so hard to get along with?
it’s true. we said farewell to our beloved bend this past week. it blows my mind how quickly time went while we were there and also how that place felt like home so quickly. no, not even close to our grand rapids home, but it felt right. chris and i were reflecting on our summer … More saying goodbye to bend.
we’ve been doing a lot of climbing and hiking while in bend which is awesome. there are such great day trip opportunities to amazing hikes and summits. one mountain we wanted to summit was south sister. given the name, you can assume there is a middle and north sister but the south is the highest … More that south sister
we have a scion, and i love it. i purchased this as my first major “i graduated from college” purchase. it was a departure from my beloved first car, a bright blue toyota corolla and I think it knew that it had something to live up to. it has safely transported me from city to … More our scion rocks.
after being in bend for a full week (eek!), we are finally settling in. we had a small housing mishap, to say the least, but through a series of blessings from God, we have a home, an awesome home (in my view, that means old, full of character, and a garden in back). if you … More bend highlights (thus far)
after a nearly week long road trip, we’ve made it to bend and have begun to settle down. the travels were awesome. 10 hours in north dakota, a view of the badlands, 60 episodes of 99% invisible (best podcast ever!), a torrential downpour, mountain passes, good beer and a friend in seattle, working from the … More from vacationers to residents
after weeks of waiting, hoping, planning, and changing plans, we are bound for bend, oregon for chris to be a travel nurse! it’s been an interesting few months. we found people to rent out our house, moved out of that beloved house, stayed with our dear friends for 3 weeks, and hopped in the car with no … More bend bound.
today we moved out. yep, gathered up all we owned, sorted, boxed, and threw it in a van/trailer combo and threw it once again into my parent’s basement. to say the least, it was filled with complete gratitude to our parents for the sheer ability to come and tackle a huge job. it was also filled with … More moving out day