Beginning Life in Los Angeles


It’s really weird to think that just a week ago, we were in the middle of the church campout, playing cards under tarps during a warm summer rain. So much has happened since we hit the road four days ago. We’re getting settled into our new apartment (photos coming soon, I promise!) and starting to familiarize ourselves with the area. So far, I like everything much better than I’d anticipated. I tried to set my expectations low, and the strategy worked. =)

Just one more goodbye left and then we can move on with that sad aspect of this whole transition and dive into all the new experiences in store. On Thursday, a wonderful young seminary family brought breakfast to us and answered questions about anything and everything, putting our minds at ease about a number of unknowns. We got an excellent tour of the seminary, library, and church, which made us both even more excited to launch into life and ministry at Grace and Master’s. We’ve been to Santa Monica Pier with the family and I explored Burbank with my mom and cousin. So far I feel very comfortable on the freeways here and my GPS is my best friend!

With my family officially gone, I do feel rather alone at the moment. But I know that will change quickly as we meet new friends and get involved. I can’t imagine going through a transition like this without my hubby. I’m so thrilled to be watching him follow this long-time dream of his. Many more updates to come as the days roll on!

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We are into our new apartment! I’ll be posting a photo tour of it sometime in the next week or two. We absolutely love it and are thankful beyond words that God provided something so perfect for us. It far exceeded our expectations or even hopes.

In the meantime, here’s a quick look at the last week-and-a-half, cubed. So much more happened, but I’m not very consistent about photographing it.


Last softball game.


Welcome treats from Andrew’s mom.


Leading the campout Olympics again.


Snuggles with Tilly.


A coffee/dump/errand run with Jordan.


Morning coffee at the campout.


Saying goodbye to our place in Bellingham.


Crepes date in Fairhaven with my Frog.


Visiting Jordan at his work place.

Best friends saying goodbye.

Best friends saying goodbye.


Cousins/best friends reunited.


Driving by the church/seminary.


Our awesome moving team.


Arriving at the apartment for the first time.

Wrapping it Up in Bellingham

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Saturday night we went to my very favorite spot in Bellingham, Zuanich Park. Ate Menchies and stared at the water. It was perfect.

So many goodbyes and lasts to get through this week. But I can’t think of a more fitting way to end this chapter than spending our last weekend at the church campout. It’s been such a treasured tradition for most of our lives and it will be a great way to spend time with our church family before we move.

It’s hard to believe that we’ll finally be hitting the road a week from today! I can’t wait to write about the big road trip and moving into our apartment. There will be so much to discover and learn and figure out as we settle in. Stay tuned for that, and other news. =)

My favorite thought right now:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)