When I married Peter I relocated to Boise, Idaho for the first 9 months of our marriage. Then we relocated to Portland, Oregon for his job. I never envisioned myself living in Oregon (and had never even been to Portland when we moved) but I did know when I married Peter that our life would be an adventure and I welcomed it.
Moving to Portland was a huge blessing and grace from God. We were in a time in our marriage when we needed a fresh start and godly people to walk alongside us. Both of those came when we moved here. I can not say enough how instrumental Mars Hill Church Portland was (and Marc Driscoll) in growing our marriage and helping us through a rocky start. We would not be where we are today if it hadn't been for both of those influences and we feel an enormous amount of gratitude.
Around the end of February (this year) we decided to start looking to purchase a home since our lease was going to be up soon. I wanted to try to move before the baby arrived but as we looked we realized that was unrealistic (since our lease was up in March) and so we decided to keep looking but extend our lease for a couple months.
Obviously God had other plans for us because also around the same time we got word that there was possibly going to be new work opportunities for Peter in another state. We were asked if we would be interested in moving to either Denver or Phoenix. We were open to it and waited to hear. Just a few days into March we got word that the contract had gone through in Denver and we were moving (as long as we wanted it!).
This news came only weeks before I am due with #2! Wow, everything big seems to come in pairs at least. =) We are ecstatic to announce that we are moving to Denver around the beginning of May! This is a very bittersweet move for us. It's sweet because we have lots of family around Denver and have never lived close to them as a family (plus, Colorado is just amazing). It's also bitter because Portland has become near and dear to us as the place where we "grew up" as a married couple and started a family. We have many close friends here who have walked beside us through difficult and wonderful times and it is hard to say goodbye. It feels like the end of a chapter that has been good to us and I am sad to see it go. On the other hand, we are excited for our new adventure and seeing what God does with us in Denver.
I feel so excited that Simon (and baby) will be able to grow up knowing some of their cousins, Aunts/Uncles and Grandparents in a more close proximity.
So, on top of all of this, we purchased our first home! I haven't even seen it in person because I have not been able to fly to Denver (being big and preggo). Peter went out there last week and walked through a bunch of houses. We made an offer on two and got the one we wanted so we are thrilled to be moving into our own house.
We can't wait for this new adventure to begin as a family of 4! =)