I am so excited to announce that we’ve made it safely to our new home in Portland, Oregon. Well, actually in Vancouver, Washington, but close enough. Our house is beautiful and our roommates are great and things seem to be going super.

Home sweet home.

Home sweet home.

It took us 12 days to drive out here from Athens, Georgia, and what an amazing drive it was.

We went through 12 states. Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Josh did a great job with editing and publishing the photos from our trip, You can see some of them at http://www.flikr.com/photos.jpcody

I’ve learned a lot about myself, my God, and my country during this journey. Many people have asked all about the Pacific Northwest who have never been, and I’ve decided to list a few of the things I’ve learned so far.

#1. Atlanta traffic is NOT as terrible as people make it seem. Traffic in Portland and Seattle is, dare I say, worse than Atlanta? Definitely not something we were expecting. Lame.

#2. The people here are…amazing. I mean seriously. I’ve always heard of the outstanding hospitality of Southern Folks, but the longer I’m immersed in Portland culture, the more I realize how much of a deeper hospitality the people here possess. It isn’t half hearted or showy. They just simply care about you. And it shows.

#3. There has to be more spiders here than anywhere else in the world.

#4. It is a BEAUTIFUL city. If you’ve talked to me since we’ve moved here you’ve heard me say this. A lot. No matter how crappy my day is going, it always helps to step outside and take a deep breath and look around and remember where I am. Ahhhhh, deep sigh.

#5. We are pretty darn out of place. College football isn’t a big deal on Saturdays, air conditioner is not something used on a regular basis, and when people have you over for dinner you can pretty much bet on eating things with organic something-or-another. But we’re learning and adjusting 🙂

#6. There is no substitute to Chick-fil-a. A very sad thing. (The closest one to us is in Santa Monica California…6 hours away.)

#7. Getting fully on West Coast time is seemingly impossible. Every morning we wake up and can’t shake the stupid thought of “man, its past lunch time in Georgia!” and then feel super lazy. (Even if we went to sleep at 5AM East Coast time).

There’s more to come as we continue this crazy season of life. I can’t wait to keep learning about the heartbeat of this amazing town.

On a separate note. Josh and I got to meet Donald Miller tonight. He’s the author of my favorite book, Blue Like Jazz, and someone I’ve always wanted to meet. He is currently touring more than 60 cities to teach some of the truths in his newest book. But we got the honor of hearing him speak in his (our?) hometown. Thank you so much Jordan and Jess Chesbrough for getting us the tickets.


What a terrific guy.

That’s it for now. Goodnight friends.