We made a decision...

Jun 27, 2014

A little over a month ago Chris was given an opportunity to interview for a teaching position in Washington. One week later we were faced with the decision between 220 average rainy days a year or perpetual sunshine.  We spent the following two weeks in a constantly anxious state of decision. As of Tuesday morning, we officially decided to move from the comfort of California, friends, family and everything we have ever understood about the word "seasons" into the unknown realm of Seattle, Washington.

We are both excited and extremely nervous about our future, but we wouldn't have made this decision if we didn't think it was the best one for our family.  I have been given the opportunity to embrace the vocation of stay at home mom,  one I could never be granted while living in sunny Southern California on a teachers salary.   I am feeling beyond blessed and probably overly excited about the prospect of being with my children day in and day out.  Most days now,  Chris and I wonder what our life will look like next summer.  Me, tired from 9 months of every day with my children, 9 months of planning dinners and laundry and picking up toys and art projects, 9 months of making our house a home, 9 months to be fully present with my children.

Now, I am not oblivious to the obvious dream like state I am making the profession of staying home sound, I know there will be days, that might turn into weeks, that might turn into months, in which I just want a break.  I will probably wish that I had an office job to escape the reality of being a domestic goddess.  But, to those future feelings, I say "bring it on".  I am determined to find the beauty in this reality.  The beauty of long restless days surrounded by chaos, laundry piled in the corner and dishes overflowing. The truth is, watching my children grow, will always beat the days sitting behind a computer screen wondering how they will grow. 

Washington...here we come.


  1. Congratulations on your new adventures of moving, Washington, rain, and being a full-time mommy without the full-time job on top of it! You are now your own boss!

  2. Thanks! I am really really excited. It will be a huge change, but one that will be worth it every day.

  3. I only know you guys through the grapevine (aka, through the Berrys and a class or two at Biola) but this post resonated with me. We also just made a decision for my husband to accept a teaching job in Dallas so that we could avoid the high cost of living here in CA, allowing me to be a stay at home mom. At least we have the advantage of having lived there for a few years prior, but it still feels crazy and unknown. Good luck to you guys! I'll try to follow along so that I can compare our journeys :)

  4. Kelly...welcome to our little space. Congrats on the new job/lifestyle. It is such a huge decision to move a family so far away from everything that they are familiar with, but we know this is exactly where we need to be. So excited for you and I hope that everything with your move goes smoothly. And it is good to know that I have a fellow stay at home mom to compare stories, because I am sure there will be MANY!!!