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I am writing from our mountain in Southern California, but I have set my sights on a different, faraway home.
For the last few months, my husband and I have been in a discussion about where we want to live.
We have loved living here in this quirky and wonderful cabin in this quirky and wonderful town. Crestline has been good to us. We have cultivated a real community and met some of our favorite people on this mountaintop.
I will be sad to leave but, I have to admit, I am encouraged by the beautiful homes listed for sale in Portland, Oregon – for that is where we are headed.
I am happy to have lived in the forest. Part of me knows that I would have always daydreamed about this life, had I not tried to be a pioneer woman in the trees. I longed for this adventure. The quiet. The seasons. A place for our kids to grow up, wild.
But my husband and I find, at the beginning of this new decade, that we both long to live in a city again.
I am most excited about the surprise of city walks with my camera and coffee shops (and humans, for that matter) within walking distance.
And, besides, the rain in Oregon sounds nice to this parched California gal.
I admit it will be strange to change my internal story from I am a Californian to I am an Oregonian. But really, it’s an adventure, right? And hardly a compromise. Portland is incredibly beautiful and just about perfect for us.
In addition to my usual sewing and vintage posts, I will be bringing you along for our house-buying and homemaking adventure – so stay tuned!
In honor of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and how incredibly life-changing those stories can be, I will leave you with this podcast from The New York Times. My dad sent me this link along with a text that said, “I think you will love this story.” He was right. I hope you love it too.
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