I have literally attempted this post twice before this and I’ve been having a hard time putting into words my experience thus far.
Salem, Oregon, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon; my home since I was 7 years old . . . between Cottage Grove and Salem, Oregon. Surrounded by mountains, spoiled with the Pacific ocean so close and beautiful temperate rain forests of large pine trees and dense undergrowth aplenty. Rivers abound and scenery not matched many places . . . with rain to sustain such.
But something in us (Justin and I) wanted to strike out into another chapter of our lives. Something new and completely different. We felt like the timing was right on when Justin was laid off in Portland and transferred to Seattle temporarily . . . a city we had decided we absolutely did not want to live in; being even more overcast and living expenses through the roof. We had talked about Austin, TX before. We have family down here, and Justin’s place of work has headquarters down here . . . I was off for the summer with my job (which also operates down here) . . . Justin’s family was welcoming us with open arms, in to their home at that. So we took the plunge.
I want to stop here and just insert that we absolutely wouldn’t of moved if we didn’t feel a certain peace and blessing of God on the whole thing. I feel that God coordinates everything in our lives, if we allow Him to rule. I keep giving this thing to Him, before we moved and I keep giving it to Him now, and He has blessed the whole venture . . .
Ok, that said . . . we did it. We put all our stuff into storage in Salem. Packed the Expedition out and drove cross country . . . sort of. Straight down I-5 to Los Angeles and over Arizona, New Mexico and West TX. I loved the trip!! The truck functioned perfectly, even in the 110 degree Arizona heat. Boys were amazing during that long haul; Sam slept half the time. Justin drove 90% of the time . . . which I felt guilty for, for about 5 seconds . . . the man would not let me drive! 🙂
Wonderful trip in . . . I have a ton of photos . . . I will share at another time of the trip itself.
But . . . I do have photos of since we’ve been here downloaded from my phone.
I’ve decided I don’t take that great photos. I hardly ever have folks pose for photos . . . so my candid shots might or might not reveal much . . . but here we go.
My Aunt and Uncle’s lovely home . . . we’re heading out for a walk/bike ride. 🙂 The community pool is within walking distance and therefor we take full advantage.
Speaking of . . . not a whole lot to do in 95 + degree weather, outdoors, but swim.
A little (or a lot) sun worship . . . I figure I have a pretty good deficit of sun-exposure, so I’m ok laying out and playing in the sun for awhile. 😉
Getting ready for the fourth of July parade . . . 9:30 in the morning and it was already hot.
Tobias as he starts with his group . . . he didn’t stay with his group . . . both he and Sam decided it was not a parade at all, but a race.
The ladder truck was there to cool everyone off at the end . . . mainly kids and dogs. 🙂 Tobias loved it!
Sam was not into the penguin man. At all.
Gas in stunningly cheap . . . being from Oregon, I’m used to paying upwards of 4.10 a gallon.
And then there was the week of thunder storms. Justin also came back on the weekend these things started. Amazing, beautifully and absolutely terrifying.
We, Justin, myself and the boys, were out driving when the first one hit. It started raining so hard, shortly after this photo, that we had to pull off the road . . . about the same time that giant, ping pong ball sized hail started assaulting our car . . . that’s a very first for me. Man, it was so loud! Tornado weather, so I’m told . . . we, thankfully, didn’t get any tornados in the area that time.
This was right before we left the driveway that evening . . . I just love the brick contrasting with the clouds. 🙂
While the boys were in a day camp for a week . . . I enjoyed some amazing walks, alone, along Brushy Creek, a short distance from where we’re living.
We also had the privilege of going to one of Round Rock’s minor league games. The boys enjoyed it mostly because Uncle Michael spoiled them rotten with the kid zone . . . bouncy houses, games and trampoline things. I’m not sure they watched any of the game . . . but I got to! 🙂 God bless Uncle Michael!
Storm watching . . . this boy was into it! I’d hang out until it was directly over us . . . then I’d wuss out and make us both go in. ha! Oh, and I’d go in if it started raining.
Just a handful of photos . . .
I have been here on my own. Justin is working in Seattle still. Michael and Marilyn have been more than incredible through this and I couldn’t ask for more! Michael loves the boys and helps me out with them . . . Marilyn and I are addicted to Big Brother and the Young and the Restless. 🙂 I’m so blessed in the family department, ya’ll!! 🙂
I love it here. I want to put roots down in Georgetown, TX . . . just north of here.
Things that have happened since we’ve been here. I have been hired as a preschool teacher in Georgetown. Justin has a transfer approved for his job here in Austin, so he will be joining us soon! Yay! Boys start school in one month, here in Round Rock . . . I also start my job around then. We’ve gotten plugged in to a great church family.
God’s good . . .I’m learning to trust more and more each day and I’m excited for the future, for the first time in years!
Praying the right house comes along and we are able to finance our own place . . . the next big step. 🙂