Category Archives: Seattle

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So Long Seattle

We’re settling into our Nashville apartment, and I’m loving it so far! Reflecting on our time in Seattle, I’m so humbled by the ways in which the Lord has blessed us – the many changes in our lives and how he has provided for us emotionally, socially, and financially along the way.

Spending the first 9 months of our marriage away from all familiarity really helped us depend on the Lord and trust fully in him. It also drew us close together, deepening our friendship and love for each other. We started praying this spring that God would reveal where he was leading us next, and in April it became clear to us that our Seattle season was over. I’ve always had a really hard time saying goodbye to people, leaving places I’m familiar with, and transitioning to something new. I’m so thankful for the peace we had about moving.

I’ll miss a lot of things about Seattle.

Our little one-bedroom apartment was right above a grocery store, where I could pick up groceries after getting off the bus.

 Game nights and get-togethers with friends, even though it was a little cramped.

Walking to everything. We lived in the heart of Ballard and could walk (in under a half mile) to restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream, library, bank, pharmacy, the Ballard Locks – even to my hair salon, doctor, eye doctor, and midwife.

Food. The food in Seattle is amazing. Everything is fresh, organic, local (often grown on site), fish caught that day – you get the picture. There are hardly any chain restaurants, and we quickly found our favorites.

Being members of Mars Hill Church, not only where we worshipped Jesus, but where we made friends and where Matt worked.

Memories. Even of things I will not miss, like trying to park our car between a large pole and a 1960s Carmen Ghia (where our first married argument took place).

The beauty of the water surrounding the city on a clear day.

Being close to family – Matt’s cousin Mandi, her husband Nelson, and new baby Ella (whom I just call my cousins now :)).

And most of all our community group and friends (not all of whom are pictured here).

There are so many things we’re looking forward to in Nashville.

  • Living out God’s call in our lives to live intentionally where we are now.
  • Being close to family (Mackenzie and Adam).
  • Becoming part of a local church.
  • Making new friends.
  • Having a spacious two-bedroom apartment where we’ll be able to more comfortably host guests.
  • Lower grocery expenses, which translates to more recipe experimentation for me!
  • A lower cost of living in general, allowing us to give more and also save for a house.
  • A new job for Matt as an IT Auditor at a health insurance company.
  • For myself, transitioning to working part-time hourly, allowing me to pursue more of my interests and to prepare our home before Baby A arrives.

So now I must say goodbye to this blog highlighting life in Seattle.

Check back tomorrow for the link to my new blog!

Showered in Seattle

Tuesday was our last community group night. The ladies threw an adorable shower for me that night (with only a few days notice since Matt’s job and our move happened rather quickly).

Handmade banner by Emily.

Yummy lemonade + champagne drinks (sans champagne for me, of course).

Delicious cherry shortbread cookies made by Amber.

Bethany organized a couple of fun games – a Pregnancy Journey Mad Lib &
The Price is Right (with baby items!)

The girls showered me with all sorts of fun baby items: a Jellycat bunny (pictured below), several adorable baby girl onesies, pacifiers, bath supplies, a handmade framed chalkboard, and more!

We were having so much fun that I didn’t get pictures with everyone…

My friend Amber is expecting a baby boy, due two weeks before our little one!

And Michaela took all the photos for me (she took our reveal party photos too).

Emily picked up some pretty fabric, and we decorated onesies! I was so impressed with everyone’s creativity and will always remember my friends when our little girl wears each one.

Here are a few of the finished products. Aren’t they sweet??

Ladies, thank you so much! You have been a huge support and encouragement, and I have enjoyed getting to know each of you over the past few months. Thank you for thinking of me and for showering us in love, especially on such short notice. I’m going to miss you all!

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food trucks, beaches, bbq, and good friends.

I have mentioned before that Matt and I have been blessed with community in Seattle. We spent this weekend with our good friends, Dan and Emily Ott. We moved to Seattle around the same time but didn’t meet each other until right before Christmas. Since then, we’ve spent lots of time together at community group (they graciously host our group every week), church, Sunday lunch, and have enjoyed many many game nights. This weekend we decided to explore West Seattle together. It was a clear, sunny weekend in the low 70s! Dan even got a sunburn.

 Our first stop was lunch at Marination Station, Seattle’s famous Korean-Hawaiian fusion mobile restaurant.

The Otts! (Check out Emily’s Etsy site!)

The parents-to-be!

We drove to the beach so we could enjoy this view during lunch.

There was a seal on that little thing left of the barge.

The pano is taken with the Photosynth app.

We walked a total of about 4 miles to Alki Beach and back and enjoyed lovely views of the city and mountains.

After a day of sunshine and walking, Matt BBQd for dinner at our apartment!

We are so thankful for this couple. Love you guys!

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