Now that we’re making the transition to California, I thought I’d share some “lasts” from our last few weeks in Texas. My sentimental self has surprisingly narrowed it down to the top 3 things that are hard for me to leave (which is much better than rambling about the top 14 I originally had).
1. Leaving Community and Family
This picture was taken at our going away dinner (thrown by ourselves – is that lame?) the night before we left for California. It’s crazy how one picture can pretty much encompasses our community of friends that we love so deeply and portray the happiness we feel when we’re around them. We’re, of course, missing a few key people who selfishly wouldn’t give up their travel plans or get over their sicknesses to attend the dinner (just kidding). I have been so blessed to do life with these people and will desperately miss the friendships we’ve formed with this group.
Another aspect we’ll be missing is living close to family. Both mine and Jay’s families live in the Dallas area (goodbye future permanent babysitters), so this is just another heartache for us. BUT, being on our own will only strengthen mine and Jay’s marriage and cause us to cling closer to each other without any crutches. And of course with our family there, we’ll forever have a reason to come visit Texas!
2. Seeing my husband lead us well at The Village Church and serving alongside of the church body
I have no doubt that the Lord is faithful and will provide me with a teaching job in California if it’s His will, but in that waiting period, I’ve had time to reflect on how much I’ll miss teaching at my former school. It’s going to be tough to find a better quality school with such sincere women working there! And I’ll especially miss the group of ladies that taught 3rd grade with me. A random bunch if I ever did see one, but how sweet it’s been to form deep friendships with them. How much more do you enjoy your job when you have people you love there with you?
While my heart aches for the memories we’re leaving behind in Texas, Jay and I have had aplenty conversations about our new lives in California. We’ve compiled a list (startin’ small for now so as not to overwhelm ourselves at first) of all the things we’d like to do in our first month here. Feel free to judge us if they’re weird or cliche, or you can choose the nicer route and recommend some things if you’re familiar with Orange County.
1. Find a hibachi grill | Our number one, most favorite place to eat in Dallas was a hibachi grill, Jinbeh. It is a must for us to find a place with equally delicious food!
2. Buy bikes | If you’ve ever been to Texas in the summer, then you’re aware that doing outdoor activities is unspeakable. Now that we’re in a place of such beautiful weather, Jay is bound and determined that we will be an outdoor couple. The girl that hates to sweat and is finished with activities as soon as bugs are seen will let you know how that goes…
3. Surf | He’ll make it a hobby, I’ll do it once to take a cute picture with a surfboard and call it a day.
4. Take our pup to the beach | Our indoor, ultra skittish dog will surely get a kick out of the waves crashing onto the beach, right?
5. 24-Hour Donut Shop | Surprise, surprise that I added donuts to the list. But I’m tired of donut shops closing before I’m even awake, so I will find a donut stand that’s open 24 hours and I will enjoy that donut more simply because I didn’t have to wake up early for it.