If you know me, then you know that when we moved here to Washington, I was miserable. I started on this long road into depression, and everything in my life took a nose dive. I changed as a person, our marriage took a hit, and in the midst of this crazy storm called life, I found my way home.
Chip and I are looking for a house. We have decided to buy a house in this area, and stay for the forseeable future. We want to plant roots here. Despite my first reaction to this area, it took me a while to realize that it wasn't the area I didn't like. Because, let's face it, we're 46 miles from Mt. Rainier, and we are surrounded by moutains that you can see on a clear day. Looking at Mt. Rainier nearly every day reminds me that you have to go through the valley to appreciate the mountain top. It is also a humble reminder that if I have faith as big as a mustard seed, that I could MOVE that mountain. There were a lot of days that I didn't have faith, and even more that felt like the valley would never lead me to that mountain top. But we're here, I think. I want to make the best choices for my family, and we've made some great friends, we've joined a fabulous church, and we are ready to make the next big step in our lives.
Now, that said, this is also going to be an interesting journey, seeing as Chip and I are total opposites. We can't even decide on bedding for our room! If I like it, then it's a pretty safe bet that he will hate it. One of the bedding sets that we had, he picked out. It was beautiful. And you know what he said? He went into the store, picked out the set he hated the most, and bought it because he knew I would like it if he hated it! So, we've started this process, and for the most part, we're on the same page about a lot of things. The kitchen will make or break a house for us. Look, I've lived in a lot of crappy army houses. I'm going to be happy with just about anything. But the ONE thing I want the most in a house is a nice kitchen. I'm not picky. I just want something that we're going to be happy in for a long time.
I'm super excited about finding the house we're going to be in for a really, really long time. Who knows? Maybe it'll even have a nice view of that mountain top. :)