Anniversary Hodgepodge

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?

Preparing for Change

Today is our 43rd wedding anniversary and we are preparing for another major change in our lives. We were married in 1974 and in 1975 we bought our first home moving to Huntington Beach from West Los Angeles. In 1976 we moved to our second home in Huntington Beach where our two sons were born. The photo above is from our first Christmas in that home. In 1984 we moved from Huntington Beach to Ventura, California with our two young sons (our hearts and minds are with the people of Ventura during the latest Thomas Fire). In 1988 we made the huge move from California to Washington State with our two sons and 3 year old daughter so Dear could go back to school (University of Washington) to become a Pharmacist. We settled into Washington State nicely but in 1996 we experienced a major landslide behind our dream home and after many setbacks and huge costs mounting on saving our home we walked away and gave the home and all our equity to the bank. We lived in 3 rentals. A month after moving into our 3rd rental home in 1998 the owners told us they needed to sell the home even though we had a 1 year lease. We could not face another move and offered to buy the house and were surprised that the bank would give us a loan since we had defaulted on our landslide home. We have been in this old house, the only house we didn’t really choose to buy for almost 20 years. I’ll need to add that because of a job change we moved to Camarillo, California for 4 years from 2006-2010. We did not sell this old house but left two of our adult children to live in it and to care for it while we were gone. Now we are making some extra improvements on this old house to get it ready to sell in Spring of 2018 and make a major move across the mountains to a small country town in northeast Washington. I have to say that change at this stage of life is a little more scary then when we were in our twenties, thirties, forties, or fifties!

But…the consolation is that we will be close to one of our sons, daughter-in-law and little miss Addy!

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what’s the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?

Frozen entrees like lasagna or corn on the cob or artichokes. Yes, I’d be able to survive without a microwave.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

Away in a Manger

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you’ve ever taken.

We’ve experienced so many beautiful drives that it’s very hard to choose one. I’ll choose drives in the Cotswolds on narrow lanes that were so scary but beautiful.

5. What’s something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

I went with actual. Gift cards to nice restaurants in Seattle. We are moving to a very small country town 6 hours from Seattle and I want to get my fill of the restaurants I’ll miss.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance,
baptism without church discipline,
Communion without confession….
Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thank you to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for providing the questions and to all of you who take the time to read our answers.

This morning we see that there are multiple fires in Southern California fanned by Santa Ana Winds. A few freeways have been shut down. I’m sad to see the fires near the Getty Center, Santa Clarita, San Bernardino and of course Ventura. Prayers are up for the people in the paths of these fires and all those who have to evacuate. So frightening, thinking of all my family and friends down there. Go outside and water down your roofs! Be wise about evacuating!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “Anniversary Hodgepodge

  1. I can understand this move isn’t easy but all the blessings await when you’re closer to your children and grandchildren. Does that mean you’ll also be closer to your Northern Neighbour as well? 🙂

    • Yes, Arti, we’ll be 40 miles from the border instead of 98 miles. The Canadian city that’s large enough to show on the map closest to us might be Cascade and Christina Lake.

  2. Happy Anniversary to you and Dear! The best part of that history you wrote was the four years you spent in Camarillo 🙂 so I could meet you!
    At this point, The Professor and I are safe and not needing to evacuate. We are so sad that our county is turning to ashes. Please keep praying. (I am not home although The Professor is)

  3. Exciting plans. Nothing trumps being near grandkids,especially when they’re young. No quick trips to Abbotsford however, too many mountain passes.

  4. Happy Anniversary and wishing you all the best in your new venture! I love your photo for Away in a Manger. The Cotswolds sound perfect and charming.

  5. Happy anniversary to you both! I will be praying for you during this time of transition. Our move (after 35 years in one house) is still fresh in my mind. It was a huge undertaking, and one that we didn’t expect to be making, but we can see God’s hand in it and we are quite happy in our new place. I pray the same for you! One thing I know: You will love being closer to Addy!

  6. Oh, Ellen my mind went automatically to Oroville, when you mentioned moving to the northeast. Have you been there? Our friends have a house on the lake and it is just beautiful!!! We have have enjoyed many stays there, when we visit and who knows if you don´t live too far away, maybe we could meet someday in real life. So excited for your move! I think you will LOVE being so near to your granddaughter!

    • Betty, We will be further east from Oroville but it’s a nice drive (except for in a snowy winter) and if ever in the future you are in Oroville it would be great to meet up. My Seattle hairdresser just married a rancher who owns acres in Tonasket and I might be driving there for haircuts. LOL. Tonasket is just south of Oroville. We have another friend of our niece’s who lives in Oroville, too. We are moving to Colville.

  7. Happy Anniversary! I think it is great you are moving closer to your children and sweet Addy. We are still trying to decide where we want to downsize to, some place warm. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  8. It’s hard to let go of a house. You’ve raised kids in it, and like a second skin, the house has shielded you from heavy weather. And yet if you believe, as some do, that a house absorbs the strong fragrances of your experiences there, then you will be leaving as you go, a peaceful, happy atmosphere for the new family that will follow you.

  9. Happy Anniversary … and best wishes for a smooth-as-possible move (which you are making for all the best reasons…. We lived in the same town as our three oldest grandchildren from the time they were born until they were in middle/high school …. I would not have missed that for the world.) Lucky Addy, lucky you!!!

    And … we were in our 60s when we totally downsized after living in the same home for over a quarter century … you can do it!!!

  10. A great adventure awaits! (But to be honest, I certainly wouldn’t look forward to moving at this stage in my life!) But just think of Addie’s kissable cheeks! I’ll pray everything goes smoothly.

  11. Happy Anniversary! Walking away from your landslide home must have been such a difficult thing. Sounds like some nice peaceful days await you in your new country home.

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