Here we go again…

This post is long overdue. Lets just say April has not been my friend. 

I knew going into this month that it was bound to be completely crazy. A million birthdays, a potential job change for Josh, a hectic work schedule, and a LOT of difficult decisions to make. Well, we’re a week away from being done with the month, and even though I’m grateful for what it has brought, it is turning out to be a bittersweet ending to so much more.

After weeks of praying and questioning and weighing the options, we’ve decided to leave Portland. Josh was flown down to Austin, Texas a couple weeks ago to interview for a web development job, and was offered the position the same day. He’ll finally have good health insurance, and not to mention a job we both think he’s going to love. No more going stir crazy from being cooped up in the house all day with nothing but a dog and computer to talk to. (That will soon be my dilemma)

Yep. Austin. 

I never thought I’d live in Texas. But here I go again. Moving to a city I’ve never set foot in. All I can do is rely on the words of those who have been there, and so far all I hear is rave reviews. “It’s the Portland of the South”, “It’s the only liberal city in Texas”, and “It’s where the hippies go” seem to be common responses. 

It’s really hard to describe what I’m feeling and thinking, because it changes with every passing minute. When I’m with my friends here I can’t imagine being alone again like I was when we first moved to Portland. No friends, no church, no connections. It wasn’t a good point in life for me. But when weeks of non-stop rain goes by, I know in my heart that it’s time to move on and find the place that we’re meant to plant ourselves in. My love for this city can’t be put into words. Portland is lush and exciting and inclusive and will always be a place I found so much life and beauty. (Not to mention some incredible people we get the privilege of calling friends)

So let me raise an imaginary glass to Portland, Oregon and all her splendor. And to our new life in Austin that will begin in May. 

If you’re a praying person, we could really use some. The road to Texas has already been a very bumpy one, and we still have a month to go…

Caroline

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Beautiful Life

Sitting up in bed, feeling very thankful. Here are some things I’m thankful for.

1. Josh is in the sky on a plane coming home to me from Texas.

2. My psycho dog is finally asleep after many long hours of him wanting to fight me.

3. I have friends who have babies and let me look at their 1 day old c-section scar and experience the tar-like new born poop so I can learn about weird things like that before they actually happen to me.

Welcome to earth, baby Luke. You are too precious for words and I like holding you wayyy too much for my own good. 🙂

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. ” Ps. 139:13-16