room with a view

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There are many reasons I am thankful for Washington. One being that it opened my eyes to God’s beautiful creation. Many people consider Western Washington "God’s Country" and now, having lived there, I might have to agree. Time and time and time again, Josh and I would find ourselves just in awe of vast snowcapped mountains, evergreens blanketing the sides of the highways, and crystal clear lakes that forced you to slow down and take notice of them. It is gorgeous there.

BUT, I am also thankful for our time in Washington, because we had to slow down, and enjoy the Creator’s portraits. We were removed from the comfort of our hometown, and given the opportunity get lost in a whole new place . . . and ended up truly appreciating what we were seeing.

And guess what? It turns out Southern California isn’t so bad either. Sure, since we have been here, we have experienced some pretty nice stormy weather, but for the most part, we have seen something like this at the end of our days, from our front porch.

Maybe its thanks to our new-found appreciation for the beauty of nature, or maybe its us having learned how to purposely slow down, but most likely it is our 2-year-old who has caused us to truly fall in love with where we live. Without prompting her, she has pointed out the orange clouds, the sunny sky, and the green "mountains" (which she refers to as Mistletoe Mountain, thanks to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). In the chaos of moving and transition, her excitement for her new home has given us some much needed peace-of-mind that, yeah, God is providing . . . and tonight, he used the rainbow of a sunset to make us smile and remind us that He has His arms around us.

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4 responses »

  1. That is one beautiful sunset! I am glad that being away from home made you appriciate the beauty. I felt the same moving from here to Colorado. When we came back we realized just how beautiful our home was! Love you guys! XOXO

  2. that picture does not even seem real!…it looks like a photo of a painting…wow!..thanks for bringing us to the beauty around us

    xo

  3. Way to go … thanks a lot for moving me to tears :p It gives me a sense if joy to know how Gid has taken care of you guys and not only meets your physical needs but also your spiritual and emotional. Though I still struggle with our loss up here, I am truly happy to know that God continually blesses you for listening to His still, small voice and letting you know over and over that you made the right decision. Miss you and love you.

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