Twenty-five things I will miss about our life here in California:
Our lemon tree! Growing up, our neighbors had a lemon tree, and I wondered why anyone would want one. Now that I have one, I don’t know how I am going to live without one!
Our annual trip to Oak Glen to pick apples. There is nothing like traditions… and good friends… and mountain air… and fall apples!
The “Rock Garden” and walking the “Wilson Trail.” Both terms are common in our house, yet terms only our family knows relaying to our neighborhood. Special.
Our annual trip to the LA County Fair. I am sure I will miss this, though whenever I think about the Fair, all I can think of is HEAT and DIRT.
Our chartreuse door. Though, I have new ideas for our new Montana door!
Storm. Never thought I would like a rabbit, but this guy was pretty sweet and oh so soft! So happy he is loving his new life with our friends and made friends with their chickens!
The Coffee Klatch! When I first moved here 23 years ago, my friends and I would spend hours at the Klatch grading papers, playing cards, and drinking Patios. Fast forward 20 some years, and I have introduced the Patio to my coffee-loving daughter. It is still hands-down the best coffee drink ever! Nevermind it has several scoops of ice cream in it, plus their “secret ingredient.” Do you think they’ll tell me what the secret ingredient is if I let them know I am moving to Montana?
Club 56. For the last 5 years, I have been part of the 5th/6th grade ministry at our church. I love the leaders as well as the kids, and will miss it greatly! (This is my cabin of girls from Winter Camp back at the end of February!)
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. How many Thursdays did we take a drive to Handel’s for their $1 scoop Thursdays? (Which increased to $1.25 and then $1,50, all while getting smaller!) I remember stopping there after art class…and stopping there after soccer practice… and driving past a plethora of Thursdays and going in. Grandma even began planning her weekend visits for Thursday instead of Friday so we could hit Handels! We have consumed A LOT of Handels!
My succulents. They’re the only plants that have thrived in my yard, and they were all started form free clippings!
626 Night Market and the abundance of Asian Food places we have visited. I doubt we will find authentic, quality Asian food in Montana, but at least Daniel can cook!
Day Creek Park. Countless walks, games of hide and seek, Holy Yoga with the neighbors, kite flying, watching bats at dusk, throwing the dog the ball, tennis lessons, etc. So many memories!
Beach trips. Love the beach. Love the mountains more.
Trips to the Firehouse. My absolute favorite was on Thanksgiving… having firefighters do all the cooking and cleaning while the kids run around and play and I kick back in an easy chair. Yes. Firehouse, you will be missed!
This view from my office. Glad we are going where there are mountains or I don’t think I would feel nearly as excited!
Our pastor. How many ties have we left church, looked at each other, and declared, “We are so blessed! We have the best church!”
Our prolific peach tree. Peach juice dripping down sticky chins after an afternoon swim. Peach jam spread on sourdough toast. Peaches in pancakes, on waffles, and the star of peach galette!
This kitchen table. It’s already been given to a loving home. So many meals shared, parties celebrated, and science projects demonstrated on it!
Our homeschool group. Here Xavi is modeling his “crazy hair” for crazy hair day online during this pandemic.
This pool! For obvious reasons…
Our new(wish) bathroom. The wallpaper may have o make another appearance at our new home!
Lizards. They are everywhere. We love finding them on our walks. We don’t love finding them at the bottom of our pool.
Our Magnolia Tree! This was just taken this week as friends came by to swim and help pack. They all had to climb the tree “one last time” before leaving. I’ll never forget the lovely smell of magnolia flowers in the summer, and how the kids would play with the red magnolia seeds in the fall.
These are just a few of the things I will miss once we move. It goes without saying, the thing I will miss most about leaving is the relationships I have formed in my 23 years here. The friendships go so deep, I dare say they are more like extended family than friends. That being said, we will hopefully have “family” visiting us often!
While there is so much to miss, (and I was surprised by the emotion that hit while compiling the pictures for this post), there is also much to look forward to! Though our California chapter is coming to a close, the next chapter promises much. I am looking forward to it with hope, joy, and expectancy. What new lives will be added to our extended family? What will the cold teach us about slowing down, about the beauty of seasons, about our God? What new traditions will we add? What “big thing” will God call us to next?
And so we say goodbye to this chapter with sadness that much will be missed, but excitement knowing God is faithful and will continue to provide in new and wonderful ways!
(P.S. I WON’T miss the Santa Ana Winds, the oppressive fall heat, the smog colored skies, or the California politics)