Well, as I write this I am sitting at the Dunn’s dining room table waiting for 3AM to come along so we can get the kids up and begin the trek back home to Arizona. Well, home for a little bit longer at least. We spent the last week in Ashland, Oregon and it has been an amazing and enlightening rip for all of us. Well, mostly the adults, because the children at random points during the vacation had moments of breakdown where all they wanted was to go home. Sorry kids, soon this will BE home.
I’ve known for a while now that our time in AZ was winding down. This past summer has been horrendous with the heat. Most of the summer was spent in triple digits with the last few months ranging from 110-118 degrees. Sorry, that sounds like Hell.. and it sure felt like it. So, during all of this we starting talking to Xenia and family about coming out to visit and we settled on Fall Break where I would have a week off of work. We came out the evening of the 11th and at this point I just want to stay.
The experience has really been amazing and we are making finite plans for a relocation at the end of the school year, unless God sees fit to move that time table forward any between now and then. We stayed in Ashland, but took a trip to Medford to drop some things off and to get a feel for that town as well since we have a choice of 4 cities to live in. Ashland is a city of the Arts. Lots of music and craft fairs, street musicians, farmers markets, theatre, pubs, and just a great “small town” feel to it all. We love it here. Sadly, the price of homeownership reflects the awesomeness enshrined in this town. Renting is bearable, but homeownership, not so much.
From the English Pub we went to on Sunday afternoon after church to the two farmers markets we got to see, the amazing food, it all has left an impression that I just can’t explain well. What I do know, and what Kat agrees with me on is the fact that this is where we want to relocate as soon as the house we are living in sells. It’s sort of like, I knew it before the trip, but even mores afterwards that this was going to be the end result.
I have told some people, and most of the people who know are not very happy with the idea, but in the end it is what it is. I need a change, in many different ways, for many different reasons. I’ve been in AZ for 17 years now and between the drama and the heat I feel like I am suffocating. I need fresh air and a fresh start and a move like this will give me those things.
Honestly, if I look at this spiritually, I seriously need a reboot. Through all of the struggles with past situations, the current mission, work, all of that, I need to start back from scratch and rework my salvation from the bottom up. After attending Vespers, Liturgy, the Men’s group during the week, I feel like this is the place for this to best occur.
There are so many things I could write, many things I could share, and I might do that over time, but for now I will close here and get ready as best I can to prepare for our return trip to AZ.
God be merciful to me a sinner.