September 23, 2014

It's time to move on. It's time to get going. What lies ahead I have no way of knowing...


We are moving on up. Again.

It seems to be taking me extra long to come around about it. I love it here. It's nourishing and beautiful and I can see the ocean from my house that I love so very much.

But, it makes sense for us to move on. It's just sooner than we ever thought. There was a whole week or two of hand-wringing and worrying half the night (literally) about how to tell the kids. I knew they'd be so upset. I just wasn't ready to deal with it. And so we decided to tell them last week and ended up putting it off for most of the day until we finally sat them down and their response was 100% on board excitement. All four of them. I was shocked.

We have awesome kids.

They really miss restaurants and stores.

I just can't figure out, why the tease? Why the beautiful house by the sea in a tiny tourist storybook town? And so finally I came to understand that this place must be my Pyramids, as in The Alchemist, "...you wouldn't have seen the Pyramids. They're beautiful, aren't they?"

We'll only be about an hour from some of the most beautiful parts of the Oregon coast. We'll still be in Oregon- a place that truly feels like home. We'll be closer to a lot of things that we kind of need right now. Yes, I'm still selling it to myself but I always love wherever I am when I'm there. I'm still here. Soon I'll be there. I've never been good with the in between times.

Until then, we have to sell our house. There is no big rush. But mostly because I am so tired that I'm weepy and grumpy and moving at a snail's pace and all I can think about are all the peanut butter and chocolate things. And slushies from the gas station. And boxes, again.


Title lyrics: Tom Petty "Time To Move On"  (a must watch & listen)

Just writing. 

21 comments:

  1. So happy and excited for you! I know you will all adapt just fine. xo

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  2. New chapters are thrilling! And old chapters are what we build the rest of the story on. Good luck, mama.

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  3. Friend. You have proven yourself to be a bloom-where-planted person, so I have no doubt you'll find the joy quickly in your new home, but I'm a little sad with you that you have to leave your lovely coastal paradise. Congrats to you both and yay for happy, adjustable kids!

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  4. You DO have awesome kids! Peanut butter and chocolate... yum! :)

    xoxo

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  5. Hello, I am visiting from Just Write. Moving is so tough. I don't live by the beach but I love going to visit. I can just imagine how difficult it would be to leave it. Good luck with your new adventure!

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  6. feeling for you. change is a mixed up ball of excitement and fear. oregon immediately felt like home when we moved here almost 9 years ago. the coast is a quick day trip…get there as often as needed. on the plus side, you'll be closer to central oregon…you get the best of both worlds…ocean and mountains!

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  7. Wonderful things will happen no matter where you are, that I'm sure of. Looking forward to seeing what's next!

    Hugs friend!

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  8. I feel your emotions. Maybe that's why I haven't been able to sleep much at night either. You DO have amazing kids! I can't wait to see what God has awaiting you in your new place. I just know it's going to be just as amazing as your Ocean home. And you could always go back to Bandon on vacation.

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  9. Oh. I feel sad for you. I think I'll just feel sad for you while you're cheering yourself up. Hope that's okay.

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  10. Moving is such a pain, but the excitement of new surroundings is so worth it... well unless you already live in paradise, hehe. I'm sure you guys will find an unbelievably cozy place and lovelies in the new town. Greg and I are kind of torn. We love Valpo so much and have decided that we'll probably purchase here... but we know we belong in the PNW. I just love looking at all of your photos. It makes it so much more tempting. So we're at purchase here, stay a year or two, or just go for it and make the cross country adventure while we're still young. Decisions, decisions. #angst

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  11. Change can be hard. But it's so great that your kids are excited to move!!! Many blessings as you make this transition :)

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  12. I hope this next step is a good blessing for you and your precious ones.
    Love, Mary

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  13. I dread moving, so much of it in a few years that I'm glad to stay in one place for awhile. And the Oregon coast is amazing! It's one of my top 3 favorite places in the world. But I'm honestly not sure I could lube there full time.
    Can I selfishly say though that this ups the chances of me getting to meet you significantly? My in laws live in Corvallis and we spend many weeks there every year. In terms of doing and access to things though Albany is better. I have a friend there that loves her church and had 3 kids from 3 to 11, so if you want the scoop on best address and things to watch for let me know!

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  14. I love moving! My life gets the shake up it needs and my perspective broadens. This is a good thing, you already feel it, and your kids do too!! Good luck!

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  15. Bittersweet indeed, I know how you have loved living beside the ocean... but I also know that you guys are great at moving and shaking. You needed the break, I am so glad you had it... weird to think it is time to move on again so soon... but you guys are incredible. Wishing the best!!!

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  16. Surprised by this! I thought you might live on the Oregon coast forever. ;)

    Best wishes with the move and new adventure. As always, I'll be following along. :)

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  17. Wow! I'm surprised too. I've been reading your blog since my son was born. He's 2 months younger than Ivy. Can you believe they're in kindergarten? :) All those old ladies were right....it goes by fast. I can't wait to see how the next chapter in your life plays out.

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  18. Sending you love and strength for the next leg of your journey.

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  19. My comment was eaten ;-) I know this feeling. And I feel like at some point our paths will cross as you move around in my part of the world? I was in Hood River last weekend with girlfriends and I thought of you under the same stunning Oregon sun. xoxo.

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  20. Stephanie, I think it's amazing that your kids reacted so positively. That is your amazing parenting right there. Sending you good thoughts for this move- and glad it's still Oregon if it can't be NYC ;)

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  21. I am so glad to have posts from you again, though I am sorry it seems trial and somewhat unwanted change seems to be your inspiration. I've prayed for your family as you make this transition. I'm in the Seattle area and still raising support for the mission field (Spain), but Eugene is my hometown and sometimes wonder if our paths will ever cross.

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