Well, it's official. We made the move to Washington, the last state for me to complete the journey of living in all the states on the West Coast. On October 1 we left Portland. Mike drove a UHaul while towing his car and I drove the kids up. It was a long, crazy, windy drive. But with God's protection we made it safe and sound. And thanks to a crew from North Seattle Alliance Church and a few friends we got everything moved in and started to unpack.
The first week we spent unpacking and settling in. We took time to familiarize ourselves with the area and Mike dove in head first into his job. He had three days to learn how to run a coffee shop. Pretty crazy! Needless to say it was a really long week. We were all excited to reach the end and have my parents come visit us. They drove up for the weekend to help us get unpacked and settled. So after a week our place was finally looking like home.
The biggest challenge I have had is helping the kids to settle. Audrey has learned to demand my attention when I am with Landin and Landin has develop fears of monsters, giants, the dark, and the neighbors. He does not like to be left along, especially at night time. It has turned into one more thing to add to the craziness of life.
On the plus side, we came up at the perfect time for weather. Although Seattle is significantly colder then Portland, we had a beautiful sunny week to kick off our move here. That helped to keep our moods high and positive.
We are enjoying our new adventure and missing our community in Portland all at the same time. We know that God has brought us here for a reason and we are in the center of his will. It seems no matter what the enemy throws our way, God continues to amaze us and bless us. He is always providing in ways we never could imagine. We know it is going to be a long road ahead of us as slowly settle here but knowing that God is with us makes the journey easier. We are excited for what lies ahead and for what God has in store for the future.
Downtown Seattle from the waterfront
Here's a few pics of our duplex :)