After "I Do"

Friday, November 1, 2013

These past two years have been a whirlwind of excitement and change.

 2012 was filled with personal growth and the Lord taking me on a journey beyond what I could have ever imagined.
 2013 has been filled with growth in my relationship with my now-husband, Jason.

We are now living in Northern Minnesota.
Let me explain how North.
We literally live across the street and a lake from Canada.


In the tone of Sarah Palin, I can see Canada from my house.

Moving out here has been bittersweet.
I was born and raised in Southern California and lived in the same town my entire life.
So to say moving to Middle-of-Nowhere Minnesota has been a big change would be an understatement.

I've always wanted to get out of California.
I'm not exactly sure why. I'm sure it's for some of the same reasons every other Californian that has ever lived wanted to (traffic. lots of people everywhere you go.), but for me it goes beyond that.

I could never imagine myself living in the same house or the same place for decade after decade.
Life is too short and the world is too big and so full of God's natural wonders to stay in the same spot forever. For several years now it's pulled at me to get out of California and be somewhere completely, unapologetically new.

So here I am. Just about as far North you can go and still be in the United States.
Except for across the street.

There's parts of California that I deeply miss. My family. The sunshine every single day except for those 3 days out of the year that it rains. I miss swimming (regardless of the fact that it would be getting pretty cold to swim this time of year anyway). I miss the beach and swimming in the waves. I can't even watch a handful of tv shows with aerial views of California coastlines and downtown Los Angeles without getting homesick.

But on the flip side, there are parts of Minnesota that I enjoy. I enjoy that "traffic" means that there are ten cars on the highway. That a trip to the post office takes as long as walking up to the counter and out the door again, because there is never, ever a line. I enjoy that camo is used as a verb, and that people ride four-wheelers on the road. I like the small-town feel here, because despite living in California all those years, I grew up in a pretty small town for Southern California's standards. That part reminds me of home in a good way. I like wearing sweaters in Fall without melting. I like that there actually is a Fall here. I like our house. In fact, I like it a lot. I like headbands and knowing that throwing my hair into a "I didn't try at all" bun every day from October through March is perfectly acceptable behavior. I like that we have a big yard. With actual grass! (An experience I haven't had in over a decade.) I like that there is weather other than sunny, though when it is gloomy for several days in a row without a hint of sun, I get a little aggravated and shake my fist at the sun's refusal to comply to my wishes. I like that it snows. It really is as magical as in the movies. And yes, I play the sound of sleigh bells in my head every time it has snowed. It really amplifies the experience. We can see stars out here. Last night the big dipper was perfectly framing the sky above the house across the street. We would see the milky way and thousands of stars dancing in the night sky. And it's like that every single night when it's clear out. I like that the lake is right across the street so when it's warmer again we can spend lots of time on the lake, and if I get over my fear of lake swimming, we can swim there too. I like that we are close by to Jason's family, so that not everything here is completely new to me.

I love that I get to experience all this with my best friend by my side.


  1. Yaaay, you made a way for me to join the adventure!

    1. Yes! I just had to have a way for all the friends and family back home to stay updated with what we're doing! I'm so happy to be back to blogging!



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