I haven’t posted anything for a while. I have been pre-occupied with moving. First it was just the idea of having to move. Not knowing where we were going to end up left me feeling paralyzed. I still don’t know why. Being stuck in one place has always made me feel trapped. I have moved around a lot because it has given me a sense of freedom. But my little girl is starting kindergarten next year. I want to stay put for a while. I want stability for my kids.
Knowing that we wouldn’t want to move again for a while we started talking about the area we currently live and revisited the idea of moving away. We both really feel like this is the last chance to move back to my home town or elsewhere. We tried and tried to move back to my home town. At one point we even considered my husband vanpooling 80 miles each way! That is how bad we wanted to move there. Eventually we came to our senses that unless God provided my husband a job close by it wasn’t meant to be. Then I cried. A lot. And then worked on surrendering myself to what was clearly revealed to us as God’s plan for our lives. We are just supposed to stay put. Maybe I will write about that next time.
But the house we were renting wasn’t working long term for us so we still needed to move. Of course, the instant we stopped trying to leave the 5 mile radius of our house the most perfect place ever opened up and was handed to us. A short walk to school, walk to parks, running trails, and friends were some of the benefits. So we moved.
It has been painful and relieving. Once I opened myself up to the idea I have seen all of the reasons we are supposed to stay here. As much as I felt like my intentions for moving back home were good ones, God knows better than me and I have to trust Him. Even though we moved about 2 miles down the street I feel like we have a whole new life ahead of us. I am working hard to fully settle in before the holidays.
Over the last several weeks I have drafted a few different posts and continued to take pictures of my food. I just never got around to finishing any of it. Struggles and packing, moving, unpacking, trying to understand the meaning of life. It is all big stuff for an emotional girl like me.
Last month my husband and I ditched the kids with the grandparents and boarded a cruise ship for 3 days. It was awesome. Except for the whole 50mph hour winds on the open seas waking up rolling out of bed part. But those same conditions do make for a relaxing time in the hot tub.
We went on this little cruise as part of a marriage retreat with our church. It was great to get some quality time with the husband as well as actual kidless time with a bunch of friends. We ate a ton too. It was a little more difficult on this cruise than the last one I went on but we managed it. Even if we had to eat at one restaurant then hustle on over to the other restaurant. Yep. Did that. More than once!
On the morning we arrived in Victoria the boat was enveloped in fog. It was a beautiful morning. In the afternoon I was alone at the top front of the ship and suddenly all of the fog lifted. I couldn’t see a thing then I could see everything. The buses taking people to the town, the boardwalk out to the lighthouse that had a steady stream of people, and the beautiful buildings that make Victoria a great town to walk through.
Next we went deep into an inlet to a small town called Port Alberni. Sometime I want to go back. Shouldn’t be too hard. Drive across the border and take a ferry to Nanaimo and drive an hour across the island. They have an old steam train. I want to see it.
We left around sunset on a beautiful day.
Then we went home. It was so good to get some quality time without kids and it was so good to come back to them. I miss them terribly when I am away.
I found a hard monterey jack cheese at the store. I had to cook with it. It reminded me of parmesan or mizithra. One of my favorite pasta dishes is butter and mizithra. So, at the beginning this was going to be noodles with melted butter and a bunch of hard monterey jack cheese. Then I decided to add bacon and onions. Then I felt too lazy to make a salad or other vegetable, so I added tomato sauce. In the end I had a winner. The husband was much pleased with dinner.
Chop 1/2 pound bacon and add to a skillet. Chop half an onion and add that to the pan.
Also add a little italian seasoning, pepper, and a couple of cloves of garlic.
Add a can of tomato sauce to the bacon and onions. Simmer the sauce while you boil 3/4 lb of pasta (I use trader joe’s brown rice pasta)
Mix the pasta and the sauce together.
Add a cup or two of a dry hard cheese and mix together.
Serve and enjoy.
I recently walked away from a parenting class realizing that I need to build my kids characters by drawing from Galatians 5:22 and 1 Corinthians 13. I came home and put together a couple of pictures to hang on the wall to help. I am really looking forward to having these reminders in front of us to help us throughout our days remember what life should be about.
We are going to print them at the photo lab as 8×10′s, frame them, and hang them on the wall.
This post is linked to Women Living Well.
Central Oregon is one of my favorite placed to go. There is so much to do and so many beautiful parts of nature that just can’t be found anywhere.
We camped for 4 days. It was posh camping though at the KOA with a pool and playground. Each morning we went somewhere and then we came back to play in the pool, have dinner, and relax by the fire. It was the first family trip in a long time. We are always going out of town to visit friends and family but rarely get away just to have time together. That will have to end. We enjoyed each other so much.
We hiked around Smith Rock, went to the High Desert Museum, played around in the old mill district in Bend.
My husband and I had deep talks by the fire after the kids went to sleep, we shared responsibilities, and experiences.
I watched my kids laugh with freedom that I haven’t seen before. They inquired of the world and took joy in learning about new things.
It was a break from housecleaning, the same old jobs, and big decisions that now feel like they are constantly looming.
I can’t wait to go back next year.