Soul Invasion

So May marks the month where Oregon invaded my soul.

It was the month where Kenny first mentioned the idea of the move.

Hard to believe it’s been a year already since we (mentally) started this journey.

It’s been hard, and fun, and crazy, and busy, and challenging, and eye-opening – sometimes with wonder and sometimes with fear. Looking back – it’s been mostly eye-opening wonder. Only a few fear-inducing parts. Most having to do with being across the country by ourselves. Somehow, even though we’re in our mid-thirties, with children, jobs, a house and cars, it feels like this experience made us “grown ups” in a way we hadn’t been before. I am not sure why. But I feel … more like a grown up now. Hahaha.

It’s been emotional. On many, many levels. So many ups and downs as we made the decision to move…and then worked through the process of actually moving.

Never mind the heart swells.  It’s thrown me head-long back into my relationship with my family – I spend more quality time with each of them than I ever had before. Not that I didn’t spend a lot of time with them before. It’s just different. More focused, maybe? And, quite frankly, it’s the best thing ever.

When we first thought about doing this, I told Kenny he better be sure he liked me enough  to move across the country with me. I told him that he’d be faced with a whole lot of Bridget time as I wouldn’t know anybody else, so I’d need to hang out with him even more than we did at home. (Mostly joking, with a touch of seriousness. I can’t help it. This is how my brain thinks.) He told me I was a goofball and to stop being crazy. Seven months in to living out here and he still likes me. Phew. (Hahaha.) We spend a lot of time just hanging out together now, and it’s kinda awesome. I really love him – and he really does make me happy. Thank God. Because it would reallllllllllly suck to be out here together if we didn’t get along. Like really suck.

Ok, Love Fest 2012 is over.

One year. Wow. I think we can sum it up with a simple thought. Our close friends from home recently sent us a lovely housewarming gift. It makes me smile everyday.P.S. Snax – we suck at thank you notes. It will arrive shortly!

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  1. Diane Clark

    Your blogs make me so proud of you and Kenny. As much as I miss you, Kenny, Gavin and Grace, I couldn’t be happier to see how well everyone is doing. All the blogs and pictures show how good everyone is doing. I laugh, I cry and am looking forward to hugs and kisses when I make it out west again definitely before your year anniversary in Portland. Love and miss all of you very much!

    May 24th, 2012 // Reply
  2. paul

    Thankyou’s are never needed, we can all say we suck at things, but as long as we are friends then nothing really sucks! Give everyone my best!

    May 24th, 2012 // Reply
  3. Beth Marin

    Beautiful! Congratulations on your 1st “Mentalversary”!

    May 24th, 2012 // Reply
    • Glenda

      For the first time reading your blog I almost cried. this was so sweet and just a reminder of what it means for all of you to make this journey in your life.
      Usually I am laughing out loud when reading these but this was just very touching. Miss you all.

      May 25th, 2012 // Reply

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