February 14, 2013

There Is A Drawbridge

There is a drawbridge to get from our town to the next, bigger town 23 miles away. I haven't counted the stop lights yet but there are only a few, and two fast-food restaurants- Dairy Queen and Subway. We have plenty of coffee shops and cafes, which I also love. And a hardware store with a dog who follows you around.

"She knows which birds are singing and the names of the trees where they're performing..." (Avett Brothers of course)

I want to be that girl. Looking out the windows in my living room, to the right is the ocean and to the left are green mountains. There are trees in my yard that I don't know, sounds, and the air doesn't remind me of anything I've breathed before.

We are surrounded by nature. Our area observes a dark sky ordinance to protect wildlife habitats and the view of the stars. I've never seen such a darkness as it is here by the ocean. We have no street lights this close to the water. It is pitch black. The only thing you can do is look up and see all the stars. It's shocking. In a good way.

This place doesn't feel foreign to me. Not familiar but not totally un-familiar. Not like I feel like I've been here before or déjà vu  but like, the pieces just fit. Like, oh, I get it.  If you know me, you know that is my favorite feeling in the world.

People ask and are wondering how we're getting along out here and we're just going through the motions, you know life, as you do. Tonight we even booked our first babysitter for Valentine's dinner. We're going out! Moving right along.


  1. So happy you are so happy! Doesn't make me miss you less but knowing you are happy brings comfort...And I think we may have looked at the same star last night...or at least I was hoping..

  2. It all sounds so adventurous and magical. Living right by the water- it sounds like a dream! I love it. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  3. Happy to hear an update; I've been wondering. Enjoy your date!

  4. Oh just the thought of that hardware store. Totally dreamy. You know, along with everything else. Sounds like you're getting along just fine. :)

  5. It's such a beautiful area. It does fit. I knew it the moment you first told me.

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  7. It sounds breathtaking! So happy for you and your family.

  8. You sound so happy.... no more than that... at peace. I am just thrilled for you. And wish I could be there and see your new home. It sounds like nowhere I have ever been before and perfectly wonderful.

  9. It sounds like paradise Steph! I love how you find the good in everything. I hope you had fun on your date :) Ours is tomorrow :) BTW, seeing the Avett Brothers in April so your post today made me hop over from my reader to comment :) Peace & happiness to you and yours.

  10. i'm so glad you and your crew are doing well! it sounds like the perfect place for you, and i know there are folks there who are just waiting for the friend they will find in you. may these days of settling in be sweet. x&o.

  11. Our county has a dark sky ordinance too. I love looking up at night and being able to see the stars in all of their brilliance.

    So happy to hear that you are at peace. I had a hunch that Oregon would suit you. ;)


  12. I live a little further away from you in Grants Pass also you need to check out Dutch Bros if there is one by you! Welcome to Oregon!


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