Archive for March, 2012

Road Trip

March 29, 2012

We’ve been living in San Ramon for one full week now and I’m finally getting around to catching up on my google reader, pinterest and blogging; it’s been a crazy, busy week!

The day before our big move my parents, grandparents and Mark’s mom along with nephew Logan came out to Austin to help us pack and to see us off. Thank goodness they did because it would have taken us forever to arrange all of our boxes in that tiny, little truck by ourselves. We rented the smallest U-haul possible along with an auto transport trailer for the Jetta; I was wondering what kind of state representation would be on the side of our truck and thankfully it wasn’t anything too weird…just a red panda.

I was a little nervous about driving with the trailer but thanks to the huge side mirrors it was actually pretty easy. There was one small inconvenience about the truck though…it only had a radio, no CD player or audio input of any kind. So we bought an outlet converter and the cheapest CD player we could find just so we could listen to Bill Bryson’s audio book, A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Instagram became my mode of photo-sharing along the trip.

During the first few hours of our drive we were surrounded by a sea of bluebonnets. I’m glad that I got to see and smell them one last time before leaving Texas.

We stayed the first night in Las Cruces, New Mexico with one of my high school besties and her hubby.

Once we made it into Arizona the next day we were greeted by the Saguaro cacti. Our original plan was to head north and visit the Grand Canyon but with the weather advisory showing a high of 32 and a 70% chance of snow in that area we decided to skip it this time around. Ironically, we still had to drive through some fluffy snow and wintery mix for a couple hours anyway.

After staying the night in San Bernardino we hopped onto the 5 and headed north through the valley. All along the way we passed by fields of oranges, lemons, grapes and almonds speckled with colorful boxes of bees busy with their pollinating.

We arrived in San Ramon early in the afternoon on day three and quickly unloaded the truck. By far, the best part of our new place is the view from our balcony. We’re still getting settled but we’ve already done some major painting and furniture searching so it’s starting to feel more and more like home every single day :)

Verses for the Road Ahead

March 14, 2012

This last week in Austin before the big move has brought on a wave of conflicting emotions; I’m sad to leave my family, my friends and the life we have made here but even more so I’m excited and anxious about beginning again in a new state. There will be a lot of unknowns along the way and in times of uncertainty it can be easy to forget that God is right there by our sides. I know that I’m terribly guilty of this so I’m going to do my best to keep these verses in mind as we embark on this journey together…

Starting with my favorite, my confirmation verse:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going…For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” – Hebrews 11:8 & 10

“…faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1

“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” – Psalm 37:23-24

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

To the West Coast!

March 9, 2012

After five long months of waiting, the day has finally come when we can officially announce that we are moving to California! To make a really really long story short enough to put into one paragraph…way back in September Mark was given the heads up about a job opening in CA and we jumped at the opportunity after much thought and deliberation. Fast forward a couple months and things still hadn’t progressed because of a few new management hires and some internal restructuring. Then, just as we were starting to get really frustrated with the whole situation, Mark began working in CA as a sort of trial run to ensure he was a good fit for the job. And now, nearly four weeks later, we have the official offer letter!

I’ve been out here with Mark all week long and we’ve been feverishly searching for a new place to call home. It has taken us a few days to pick our jaws up off of the floor get over the sticker shock of living in California but we’re slowly getting used to the idea of paying twice as much per month {but that doesn’t mean we like it!}.

Deciding on whether or not we really want to move to another state hasn’t been easy but after much thought and a lot of prayer we’ve come to the conclusion that staying in Texas is the safe and easy thing to do and 20 years down the road we would never forgive ourselves for missing this great opportunity to get out of our comfort zone, take some risks and have some fun doing it.

Leaving our family and all the wonderful friends we’ve made here in Austin is definitely going to be the hardest part about this move {not to mention the cheap housing, low gas prices and real Mexican food}. I’m going to miss playing with my soccer team, being only an hour from my parents, seeing maroon and orange everywhere and the overall friendly-ness of Texans. There are many reasons why this decision is so hard, and in a way, that’s how we know it’s the right one. We know in our hearts that Austin will always be there for us and we hope to be back in a few years when we decide to settle down permanently.

I can’t begin to describe how relieved I am to be able to share this news, news that our lives are about to change in a way much bigger than we could ever have imagined. We’re taking a huge leap and to be honest it’s a little scary for our conservative-control-freak-selves; but if we can’t take a leap of faith and do something scary and unknown in our mid-twenties {when we have almost nothing to lose}, then when can we? We would greatly appreciate any prayers, good thoughts and blessings that you could send our way as we embark on this new adventure together!