It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited this space to write, but cut me some slack – February was one heck of a month! Life has been happening at all kinds of crazy fast speeds – quite a lot for my head and my heart to process. I wanted to take a few minutes today to reflect on what February was like for us, and to set some intentions as we look forward to March…what is bound to be our most unsettled and adventurous season yet.
To start March well, I want to remember and practice gratitude for all that took place in February.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED:
- We sold our home… and I cried buckets of tears when we carried the last box out. While I truthfully only lived there for four months once we were married, it was Chad’s home when we first met and while we were dating. It was the backdrop for the very first origins of our story. First kisses, hosting parties and dinners, bringing Chasey home, learning to cook together, setting the fire alarm off almost every time…we’ve had so many good memories there – it was bittersweet to leave them behind in our cute little brick home with the blue shutters. Selling our home was a necessary step to make our dreams of living in California a reality; we prayed and prayed and prayed for a buyer to come along, and I’m glad another family will make new memories in it. I really can’t wait to drive by with our kiddos years down the road, point out the window and say, that’s where it all started.
- Chad turned 29! We celebrated with a dinner date in Center City Philadelphia at The Dandelion. The atmosphere gave me all of the magical comfy, cozy old library feels and the food was delicious. We also bought our SUV that will take us across the country next week, had a taco bar birthday feast with his family, brunched at The Hotel duPont, and watched the Super Bowl with our friends. A weekend full of wins. 🙂
- We quit our jobs and solidified our move to California (!!!!!!!) More about that here.
- I got back to somewhat of a fitness routine. Yoga, body pump, and kickboxing really saved my soul in the midst of a month of craziness and transitions.
- We moved in temporarily with my in-laws. Chad’s parents have been so kind to host us while we had to be out of our house, but weren’t quite ready to drive to California yet. It’s been fun to spend more time with them and it’s a huge blessing to have a place to stay for a bit.
- I learned that Skype interviews feel a lot like blind dates. As I’m job hunting remotely, I’ve had quite a few interviews this month via video, and let me tell you…it’s tough! Luckily, it’s been a positive experience and I’ve been able to sharpen my speaking and interviewing skills a bit after being out of practice.
- We got to go away – twice! We spent two consecutive weekends in the Pocono mountains with my family, and at the Delaware beaches with Chad’s oldest friends, some of my favorite people. I’m so grateful to have had time together!
- We said goodbye (for now) to our family and best friends. And this has been even more painful than the Skype interviews. Even though we know we won’t be in California forever, even though we know we’ll be back for Christmas and weddings and babies and graduations…it’s just tough. There’s no other way to say it.
HERE’S WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN MARCH:
- Traveling across the country with my husband and our dog! This is a once in a lifetime goal of mine that honestly, I wasn’t sure that I’d ever be lucky enough to reach. Starting on Saturday (yikes – just 4 days away) we are hitting Charlottesville VA, Nashville TN, Little Rock AR, Dallas TX, Waco TX (Must find Chip & JoJo), Carlsbad NM, Tucson AZ, and last but not least…our new home: San Diego, California!
- Seeing and staying with friends along the way. God has shown us just how much He really loves us, and reminded us of His promise that He will always provide, by blessing us with sweet, generous friends all across the country. We couldn’t be more grateful to have places to stay, and to experience all of these new cities through the eyes of locals. Some friends are new, some friends are old, and some are reunions with folks I wasn’t ever sure that I would see again – can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait.
- Moving into our new neighborhood. See that little cafe nestled on the side of the pier? Two years ago, Chad and I had breakfast there, marveling at the town behind the Pacific. We never could have guessed that two years later we’d be married and moving into that exact town. More coffee dates on the pier!
And even though March is a month of chaos, transition, and change for us – I still want to be intentional to set a few small #goals.
- Find ways to love on and thank our awesome hosts.
- Stay meat-free!
- Create a capsule wardrobe.
- Blog at least 3 more times.
- Run at Sunset Cliffs and Torrey Pines
- Maintain mornings with Jesus, even while on the road.
- Journal – even if just a few sentences – about all of the big life stuff that happens.
- Call/text my Mom, because I promised. 😉
If you’ve stuck with me and have scrolled down this far – thank you! I can’t thank our family and friends enough for all of the love, support, and prayers you’ve given us to make this month and change actually happen for us.
Wishing you a wonderful March!