We’ve Moved (One Last Time!)
Hi there! How was your summer? If you’ve noticed the radio silence over here, you haven’t imagined it.
We’ve moved again! This time for good. If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you know that last summer we packed up our things in Chicago and moved across the country to Salt Lake City, Utah for my husband’s final year of surgical training.
After five years of downtown living, life changed a lot. Weekend walks in the city and along the lakeshore were replaced with long hikes, downhill skiing, and everything else the mountain west has to offer.
It was a welcome change in a period of immense uncertainty, but was hard all the same and came with a lot of adjustments.
Within just weeks of moving, we started the process of traveling and interviewing for job openings all over the country. At this point, we were considering just about everything: heading back to Chicago, moving back to the East Coast, heading further West, tiny towns, big cities, the works.
It is an exciting, yet daunting position to find yourself in after years of not having much say in the matter. It was a lot to consider at once, but we quickly realized that a slower pace, smaller town or city, and access to outdoor recreation were our top priorities. What can I say? We caught the mountain bug.
Fast-forward many, many months and decisions later and I’m excited to share that we have settled and moved to Bend, Oregon. It has been quite a journey to get here, but we feel very lucky to call this vibrant mountain town our new home. As you can imagine, it feels a bit surreal. In less than ten years, we’ve lived in four states, four different cities, and moved seven times.
If you’ve stuck around here since the beginning, bless you!
I cannot describe the enormous relief we both feel to finally put down roots, particularly after the tumultuousness of the past year or two. What’s been happening? Well, we’ve been busy settling into our first home (no more unpacking!), enjoying much-needed time off together and with family, and taking care of the many tasks that accompany a big move.
It has been a distracting year (to put it mildly), but it feels wonderful to settle and have the opportunity to be back in a kitchen (it’s a good one, sneak peek below!) that inspires me once again.
Our new home has several fruit trees, an unexpected dream come true, and I’ve gotten back into sourdough baking and have even dipped my feet into canning homemade pear butter and plum jam. Life comes at you fast!
Thank you for your support and endless patience over the rollercoaster of this past year, especially since I’ve taken long and unexplained breaks from this space. There has been a lot going on behind-the-scenes.
We’ve done a lot of soul searching along the way, but are grateful to start this new chapter and land in such a wonderful place. More to come!
Thanks, as always, for being here! xx
15 Comments on “We’ve Moved (One Last Time!)”
Congratulations and best wishes to both of you !! I have always enjoyed many of your recipes . Always loved your blog .
I just discovered you today and after looking over some recipes, I am sure that I will really enjoy all that you share!
Thanks so much Sharon! Appreciate it!
Hi Laura, I’m so happy for you and Connor to finally be settled! I love the fall recipes and will try to make a few of them in the weeks ahead! Best wishes, Say hello to Connor!
Congratulations and Best Wishes to you! Hope your life in Oregon brings you endless pleasure in every way. Enjoy your life. I’ve not been with you for the entire journey but I too have moved far too much and have finally put down roots 🙂
Pretty great place!
Good Luck in your home . I heard Bend Oregon is beautiful. I have always enjoyed your recipes and tried many of them . Looking forward to more new ones . Thanks .
So glad for the update and that you can finally settle in. I have never been to Oregon but it looks beautiful. Wish you and your husband the best and look forward to you getting back into your recipes. Love your blog. Thanks.
Thank you so much Jill, means a lot!
Bend Oregon. How lucky for you.
My husband and I have travelled all over the US (we live in Canada) and
Bend Oregon is without a doubt one our favourites and we continue to go back there time and time again. Can’t wait for the border to open so we can visit again. Enjoy your new home.
I am really glad to see you’re back! Love your website and all your food and recipe choices. Good luck in Bend. I’ve heard many good things happen there. Looking forward to many delicious recipes.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. We’re excited to be here!
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! I suspect you’ll find, as so many do, that this is where you were meant to be. I live many miles away to the north and west on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, but grew up on the east side of my state in country much like that surrounding Bend. Don’t miss the Sisters Quilt Show – right over the hill from where you’re living.
Congratulations! Bend sounds wonderful (as does the wine!)!
Can’t wait to check out the local wineries (still need to!) and the Willamette Valley! Thank you!