Leaving!

I think I’m finally to the point where I’m no longer holding on to the vestige of living in Florida. I’m ready to move. I’m so tired of packing and planning and ready to find my new normal in California. I’ve given up my sadness (mostly) and traded it in for excitement and curiosity. I’m trying to battle my anxiety with trust and hope. Most days, by the grace of God, it’s working.

I’m overwhelmed by the goodness of this week and the opportunity to have THREE interviews while I’m not even in California yet. I am praising God for his provision in all of this and trusting that it will work out.  I’m praying for more jobs to apply for and more interviews and of course the perfect job (for this season) to come quickly. (Pray for my job search!)

I’m sure my blog will be silent for the next week or so as I move across the country. But don’t worry, I’ll be taking pictures and trying to take it all in to report back!

 

Goodbye, Florida!

California party!

 

Last night, I attended my own going away party. Over the last six years, I have attended a number of these from co-workers moving on to greener pastures to friends graduating and moving out of town, but this is the first party that was all my own (okay, it was for Taylor too).

It was a wonderful evening full of dear friends, babies who were up past their bedtime and toddlers who scored one too many cookies. I will miss each of them dearly. I’ll miss watching these babies grow (and their mamas having more babies to love). I’ll miss wonderful conversations with women I admire and look up to.

I admire these families for staying were they’ve been planted. For glorifying God in the daily and mundane. I’ve heard over the last few months that it is so brave to uproot your life and move to a city where you don’t know anyone and this might be true, but I think it is equally brave to stay, plant roots and live through the mundane when it gets tough. It isn’t always as exciting as picking up and moving somewhere new but it is beautiful. To live in community and love your city – that’s brave.

And to the ones that might leave in the future, I hope you move near me!

The Final Story Of Me: The Tallahassee Years

I’m finally concluding my Story of Me series, which if you haven’t been following along you can read here.

My last post was about our wedding, which I can hardly believe was over four years ago.

These last few years in Tallahassee were great. They included our newlywed year(s). (I really have no clue how long being a newlywed lasts, I think it varies.) Taylor and I both got our undergraduate degrees from FSU. Taylor managed a Starbucks for a season. I worked my first job out of college. I helped moms in our community with their precious babies. Taylor got his master’s degree. We spent lots of time in Orlando with our families. We made some of the best friends in the last four years – friends I hope we have for a long time to come.

Taylor and I grew together as a family in Tallahassee. We’ve loved our years here in our apartments, making them our homes and enjoying cozy evenings. We’ve decorated for and hosted holiday celebrations, celebrated anniversaries and so much more. Tallahassee and our years here will always be so dear to me.

We found our place in our church, we served as Sunday school teachers, enjoyed time with our small group and grew together as as a family living in light of the goodness of the gospel.

We traveled a good bit over the last four years too! We went on a cruise to Mexico and Key West,  visited family in Missouri, spent weekends falling in love with Atlanta and took our first trip to the west coast in March to San Francisco. (Not to mention the countless fun we’ve had in Orlando at Disney, with family, at delicious restaurants and so much more.)  I am looking forward even more to all the travel we’ll get to do in the next four years!

In some ways, I’m positive Tallahassee will always be a part of me. It’s where I’m leaving myself as a college student, as a new wife and as a young adult. I’ll always look back on it fondly.

And now, you’re up to date with the story of my life, but you can keep following the adventure as it continues in real time. Hooray!

The Most Difficult Weekend Yet

Moving is hard.

Not only is the working of packing and sorting and cleaning and planning a tiring, exhausting mess, but with this move we are saying so long to sweet friends and to our gloriously easy four hour trip to see most of our family members.

This was the last weekend I’ll see my parents for the foreseeable future. No trips are planned. Holidays might be a bit of a stretch, even though I am optimistically holding out hope for a small trip. It’s never going to be the same. It’s never going to be this easy again.

I mourn the loss of that ease. The freedom to go home for a birthday, for a week at Christmas or for a funeral on the drop of a dime. It’s going to be hard and more expensive to make those kind of trips.

And yet, I know without a doubt that this is for the best. I have no clue what it will look like and I am holding out hope that it will be great, but I know that affliction is always right around the corner too.

I am incredibly grateful for the last 6 years. For the time I have gotten to spend building relationships with Taylor’s family and for the time with mine. I will miss it dearly, but I know that these years have been such a blessing to me and to Taylor.

“But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face” 1 Thessalonians 2:1

(Not being torn away exactly, but you get the idea.)

“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Psalm 34:1

On Traveling Across America: Part 1

In less than 3 week my husband and I will be traveling across America to our new life in California.

If you know me, you know that this does not excite me. Nothing about three days in a car seems excellent to me. I’m more of a fly there and get there already kind of girl. (Really aren’t we all? My impatience is showing a bit, I know.)

I am trying to be optimistic about these three days.

I’m excited for three days with my husband and so thankful that I don’t have to do this alone. I’m excited for all of the hours to spend talking, listening to music and sermons and praying for lots of stuff. It will be good solid time that I should feel blessed to receive.

I’m excited to see so much of America and see the landscape change. I hope this will be a great opportunity to marvel in the beautiful of the God’s creation and the variety of the landscape of America.

I will let you know how our trip goes and what I learn on the journey.

Things I am Excited About Our Move to Southern California

This new move is going to be an adventure for sure! These are my current thoughts about exciting things.

Riverside

  • Living within a reasonable distance to so many cool places. Tallahassee is so far from anything else that it is pretty impossible to get someplace for just a day or a night. Riverside is near Los Angeles and San Diego and a reasonable driving distance to a lot of other cool places. This will provide us with so many opportunities to explore new places.
  • Being on the West Coast might actually give us a better opportunity to travel to places that would have been more difficult to get to before like Hawaii or Asia or Seattle or Vancouver. So many fun places to explore.
  • With so many different different cultures represented in the greater Los Angeles area, there is bound to be the most delicious food to try and with my goal of trying new foods for 2013 well on its way I can’t wait to see what we’ll find in California.
  • Disneyland. In the last five years, I think I became a true Cyr and a Disney junkie. Luckily, we’ll be conveniently located near a Disney I’ve never been to! New Disney! Dreams really do come true.
  • A new job! I’ll be looking for a job in California and while I am nervous about this (crazy nervous) and the financial implications of being without a job for an unknown amount of time, I am so excited to work some place new and to be some place with more industry and job postings.
  • I’m also excited about meeting new people – which is weird for me as an introvert. You never know who you’ll meet and I’m excited to meet some new friendly people.
  • The opportunities for Taylor’s studies. This move is a big step for his career (we hope). I’m excited to see what new conferences he presents at and how he grows as a philosopher in the next four or five years. I’m also hopeful that this move will lead to even greater things as we move toward to day of Taylor being done with his formal studies and actually starting his teaching career. Oh, happy day.