Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Cat Likes Overhearing Children's Stories

Checking in to show you a snippet of what has been keeping me away from the computer. 
I've been unpacking for nearly two weeks and finally the decorating is happening.

I'm not sure if you all know our little story but I'm ready to share. 
Dan and I moved from Mississippi (where Dan received his PhD in English and Creative Writing) to Seattle.
Dan grew up in Seattle and  his dear parents let us live with them in their comfy basement.
Our plan was to live there for three months but the job search was heartbreaking.
We lived there for a year and 3 months. 
All of our treasures were packed away in a storage unit. 
Have I mentioned how much I loved living in Seattle? 
Despite the job issues and my battle with depression, I would not change a thing about the year I spent living in my in-laws' basement.
Their basement is the safest little nook I have ever been in. 

Now we are in our own little nook, busy making it a home.
Daniel goes to work at Auburn University and Bono Baby and I decorate. 
Everything seems surreal. 
I thought I would never return to the South, but here I am. 
The kudzu pulled me back.
I can't wait to see what this year brings.
p.s. The gnomes are up in our front yard and so far the gang of kids that live in the neighborhood are leaving them alone. 
Even little gangs of kids like gnomes, I say. 

love love,


Giuli said...

Believe it or not, two years ago when both Jack and I lost our jobs, we had to get food assistance from the church, and I had severe anxiety and depression, it was the best thing that ever happened to us! I cried every night saying "Why did the Lord send me all the way across the country for a job that I was going to lose?" At that point in my life, I would have enjoyed working at Burger King more than teaching, but being forced to move to a better job has sparked my love and desire for living again. I'm a better mommy, wife, and teacher because I had to work thourgh some professional growing pains. My soul is happy again!

Kristen said...

You don't want to mess with a gnome. They look friendly enough, but cross them once and you are cursed for life. I'm not sure if this is 100% true but it seems like it would be to me,

This is the year of the yuck, I've had a time of it too. Let's call the next year a good one and be happy.

Retro Plants said...

yay for you!
i am loving your new home. . . can't wait to see more!

that's right. . . don't disrespect the gnome. straight up.

lindsey said...

a perfect nook for daily routines, for gnomes to hang out in, for dreams and wishes. and that perfect cup of coffee. love love love (especially the traveling suitcases)!


Jane said...

I'm so happy for you guys! I'm sure your little nook is just adorable, and I wish we could come visit you guys. We will be in Seattle next week, and are so sad we missed out on seeing you.
I wish you guys all the best with Dan's new job and your new place.


felicia said...

I'm loving your little Parisian Amelie hideaway!
I knew your home would be gorgeous and so it is! I'm swooning over your beautiful treasures! I know you're so happy to see your life come out of boxes! hip! hip! hooray!

Sam said...

The South is a good place...I am glad you're in the neighborhood again! (Hey, I consider Alabama a next door neighbor, so to speak.) Where would we be without our families? I'm so happy you can decorate your place and settle into your next adventure!