new home


Forty minutes till the library opens. Forty minutes to write a post before I dive into my homework. Now, for the update…

We left our home in Washington, knowing that we were feeling led back to California. All Abby knew was that she was going to see more of her grandparents, aunts and uncles, and good buddies, and that she would be able to go to a big beautiful library and swim in her pool (be it one at our apartment or Auntie Sharon’s). What we didn’t know was where we would live, and what would really occupy our time.

While it feels like months ago, we’ve been here only 3 weeks. We got to California on Tuesday, January 5th, and were instantly showered with love from our families. Josh’s mom (Grandma Dell) opened her home to us, better than any hotel we could have stayed at. Zack took this opportunity to push 3 new teeth through his tiny gums, so with him being the exception, we were very comfy and got plenty of rest. Oh, and then me and the kiddos caught a cold . . . ok, not so much fun. But, within the first week, we got to celebrate Christmas with both families, enjoy my dad’s tri-tip, Josh’s mom’s yummy breakfasts, and Josh’s grandma’s famous cookie tray. Pretty sure we’ve all put on a little weight since we’ve been here ๐Ÿ™‚ .

For a month leading up to our flight home, and throughout the first week, Josh and I had been hunting for a place to call our own, and were feeling pretty discouraged. The cost of living being higher here, and the uncertainty of where some of our income would come from, left me feeling pretty stressed. Josh has been blessed with an interim position assisting with the youth and music at our old church home, Camarillo Christian Church, but we would need to supplement with an additional job somewhere. However, talk about wanting to have AND eat our cake, we also were not interested in sacrificing our sacred family time for comfort’s sake. Enter God’s timely reminder that HE is bigger than monetary things. Within the span of two days, Josh was hired on at the Starbucks he pulled his first shot at, and we got the keys to THE PERFECT home. This is the best part…

On a whim, Josh inquired about our old landlord to a few friends of ours. We had rented a great condo, shortly after we were married, from one of the sweetest women we had ever met. This condo, which had belonged to her family for many years, was a 2 bed + bonus room, 2 bath place, just a stone’s throw away from the church, a Starbucks (and the angels sang), and Rolling Pin Donuts (drool). Josh called up sweet landlady and found out our old condo was vacant. Awesome. So, back in the day, it was rented to us way too affordably 8 years ago when we first moved in, so when we met with the owner, we planned on paying a LOT more. So, you can believe our relief (shock, peace) when she told us we would only need to pay the same rent we paid when we first lived here (and the angels sang again . . . only this time for real). What an incredible blessing at a perfect time.

So, since this post is getting so long, and there’s only so much I can say without showing pictures, here is what we have captured so far of our town, our move, and our house.

View of Camarillo from the Conejo Grade . . .

View from Josh’s mom’s driveway . . .

View from the Camarillo Christian Church parking lot . . .

Another iPhone sunrise . . .

View from Great Grandma Yolly’s back door . . .

The amazing moving men (and fabulous moving woman ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) of Camarillo . . .

Don’t let their size fool you. Carter and Abbott also got in on unpacking the truck . . .

And without further ado, a really long video of a tour around our VERY VERY messy new home (yeah, hold on to your seats . . . this is almost exciting) . . .


12 responses »

  1. Okay, so I LIVE here and I am still checking out the blog!..I think it has become my literary joy each day..Erin, so many of my friends are begging me to get you to WRITE..a book!..You really have a gift for brining each word to life!

    And, If I had been the videographer, you all would be hugging the commode!..sorry for that visual, but that is the extreme “DIZZY” that results from my famous shaky camera work!

    Erin, you have a very steady hand …thank you for the virtual tour of the CAMILAR castle…well, it is YOUR castle, right? (wink)

    My FAVORITE part was when Abby was checking it out like a FUTURE REALTOR would; very subtle..(never seem TOO excited) but nonetheless interested.

    Then, Abby comes to LIFE upon seeing her kitchen set in her “new” room…and all is well again!


  2. Erin!!

    Welcome back! It’s been so many years (and for you 2 babies) since I have seen you guys! You are such a beautiful family and I am so happy to hear how God is providing for you and clearly revealing His will for you. I remember that place! It was cute then but it seems even better now, probably because of how well it fits your family. Much love to you!

    Lindsey (formally Hilgerman, now Carpenter ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you so much for doing this Erin…somehow makes me feel better to see where you will all do life now. Sure do miss all of you! Take care and know that I’m thinking about you and praying for you all every day. Please do me a favor and pinch Josh’s butt for me!!! I miss that too…I love you all so much. Hugs and kisses to all of you

  4. This post seriously made me laugh out loud and almost cry. I miss you guys so much! I am so happy that God is working everything out for you. I am so glad you are close to your families!

  5. It’s so hard to miss you so much and want you here so much when it is SO CLEAR that you are right smack where God wants you. Who am I to argue with the Omniscient Deity that just gave me a place to stay in case I can ever afford the dream Disneyland road trip….LOVE YOU ALL!!!

  6. Thank you!!! It was so nice to see your new place & your smiley faces, even if they are tired faces!! Miss you guys bunches! Bristol misses you guys too, she sat on my lap facinated by your video & lunged at the computer when she saw Zack. She misses him! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So excited that you have a place for people to visit!! I am so glad that God has provided this perfect home for you to create new memories in! Write again soon! Love you!!!

  7. Man, Josh and Erin, you have some amazing friends! I know exactly how their hearts feel ; and I treasure the memories and friendships you have gathered for LIFE!

    Again, just letting anyone know that all are welcomed to drop here and visit anytime!

  8. Hey Erin,

    I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I am so thankful you were able to find a place to live. How crazy that you got your old place for the same price!! That’s great.

    Also thanks for the tour! It’s fun to see where people live!

    take care and hopefully we can talk when you get all settled in.


  9. erin, ur pics make me miss cali a wee bit… glad u guys r adjusting well. i look forward to someday getting to visit with y’all again… remember theres a place for y’all here if u wanna visit too… mardi gras is right around the corner, and the irish-italian-islenos parade (the best of the best here in the parish) is in march… ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. happy valentine’s day, josh and erin, abby and zack … here i i was being so brave for over a month, telling myself you really weren’t that far away and we’d see you soon. and then i heard your dear voices and i’m sitting here all misty-eyed at the computer! thank you for this wonderful video!! oh, how i miss you, but oh, how thrilled i am to see the way the Lord has provided for you … i just knew He would. ๐Ÿ™‚ what a great, great space for you, complete with “car places” for the kids in the back yard. watching abby find her beloved kitchen was probably what grabbed my heart the most ~ finding something so familiar after all that change must have been such a delight to her. and how i wished i could have come be part of your unpacking team ~ and to shoo you all out so you could sleep while elves did it for you. i hope you’re feeling more settled now and we’d love (love!) to see another video (and twice as long would be just fine!) once you have it feeling like “home” so we can picture you there. love you so much! dianne

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