"We are all wanderers on this earth...our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." ~ Gypsy proverb

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

7 days

Seven days later and I think, wow, how quickly we acclimate. There was a time when 65 degrees was cold for me. Today, 65 feels fabulous and I walk coatless. There was a time when going to the grocery store was a 15 minute drive. Today, we walk 5 minutes. There was a time when hiking meant getting in the car and driving 25 minutes to a local preserve. Today, it's a 10 minute walk and there is no preserve, just one of many trails natural to the landscape and leading to views like these. And we climb, and we basque, and we gasp, and we continue to squeeze and open our eyes to make sure we are truly where we had always imagined ourselves to be.

I would be lying if I said it's been all happy daydreams. It's been challenging for the kids with everything so different and so new, and it's been stressful for us to be in-between homes and without routine. We said goodbye to Nana (my MIL) yesterday as she flew back home to Florida. We've been so spoiled having her here, having her in general, as she has been there for us and for the kids since the beginning. I miss my own mother, my nephews, our homeschool friends, and my own normal routine of blogging, knitting, reading. I should be clear, there is no whining here :). Just awareness that yin and yang are alive and well, and for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

After looking at several neighborhoods, I believe we may have found a place to call home. I'm anxious. I'm nervous. I'm uncertain. I'm excited. I'm ready.

Happy Tuesday


in the backyard this morning, there were NINE!


  1. So glad you are settling in. Yes I remember the herds of deer and elk we would see daily. Enjoy!!!!

  2. Ah, it sounds like you're HOME, my friend! So excited to hear more about the house, whether this is it, or there's another waiting in the wings. Routine will come for you all, I'm sure. <3

  3. I am so glad you have found your home MJ. It must be so wonderful to have everything right at your fingertips and you can be there with no driving {I am very envious :) }
    I do hope you settle into your routine soon and post LOTS of pictures to this weary Lowcountry living woman! I am so very happy for you to have your dreams come true!

  4. MJ, You've landed in a very beautiful spot. So happy for you!

    : )

  5. I have moved around a lot when the kids were very little. I promise you will have friends, routines, and the children will be happy! Join a library children's reading group--it's where you find the best of friends :)

  6. yes the yin and yang. so true. i hope you all find the beauty everyday and that you are able to keep strong for the kids. transitions are challenging. i always need to remind myself that things eventually settle (never as soon as i like, but they always do) into some kind of normal and that the kids adjust. keep posting pics!

  7. oh this is breathtaking!!

  8. I love your perspective on this new phase in your and your family's life - so true! These pictures are amazing mostly because I can imagine what they scenes are like in person.

    Happy and excited for you, MJ.


  9. Just loving the pictures and the mountains and the trees!! If I closed my eyes and imagined... it almost looks like New York, but the mountains seem a little bigger there. Enjoy every moment!

  10. Welcome Home, MJ! You have so many wonderful adventures ahead of you. A library reading group is a good idea. I love being able to walk to do most of my errands ... you will too! Challenges are good with so many doors to be opened. Enjoy!

  11. I can feel your joy and excitement!! Your positive outlook on this phase is breathtaking, as well as the views! WOW!!

    I'm giggling at your excitement of nine deer. :) I grew up in the woods. I've lived in my current home in the woods for 12 years. And I still get excited when all the deer and other wildlife come visiting in the yard. I don't think it's something I'll ever get tired of.

  12. Yes, the yin and yang are always present; I think recognizing this and embracing it (as you do) is the practice of happiness. Beautiful pics!

  13. Oh I can see you head tilted back, eyes closed breathing in your moment, the one that is the culmination of all your roads and journeys. It is the freshest and sweetest breath isn't it? I am so happy for you, MJ.
    We had five deer in our yard this morning :) They were my medicine for the day. xoxo

  14. Sending good wishes and thoughts that the space becomes yours so the settling in and making of new routines can begin. :)

  15. wow, gosh! what a big thing your going through mj. someday you'll look back and wonder how you did it all with the grace and courage that you are. you really are.

    it's so gorgeous there!

  16. Oh yes both of the joy and challenge of a transition, no matter how lovely and anticipated it may be!

    Sending love your way!

  17. it's so strange, but despite reading all your posts (with rare misses) i seem to have gaps in your adventure. like the exact why of leaving, the choice of destination.... is this where you all had always decided to go/stay?

    i would love a little summary post, lol

    1. sounds good Mon :), will do...

  18. Glad your time in this new place is feeling good, amazing the way your body adapts to the temp changes isn't it? I remember laughing at being cold when I lived in Key West and thinking "gee if I were home in Maine I would be swimming it would be so warm". Good luck with the new neighborhood.

  19. Thank you MJ for your kind comments.
    I'm grateful for having being there every step of the way and I'm glad to see that you may have found what you were looking for and a healthy place to continue raising your children.
    I will miss you but I'm happy for you.
    I love you,

    Your MIL

  20. you are doing what many fear to do...pack it up and follow your heart,
    Of course you will grieve what is behind you, family, etc... but you know that what you are doing is meant to be. You don't sound like you are whining at all. No one said it would be easy.
    You are beautiful to watch.

  21. Wow...what a beautiful landscape.x

  22. I love the honesty of your yin and yang.


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