words on adventure

The thing about adventure is: it is fluid – it is not limited to space and time, and requires an open mind and heart. It will be uncomfortable, at times painful, and scary. But, it can also be life altering – bringing joy and personal growth. Moving to Idaho has been epic in ways I never imagined. The air is ripe with juniper and pine – which, to a gin enthusiast, is basically a dream. The landscape hosts the most extraordinary parts of this country – the conservation of wilderness, the mountains, the massive sky, and the lakes/rivers – it is phenomenal. The people are some of the kindest you will meet outside The South. When they ask how your day is, they actually want to know. Everywhere you go they smile, and offer assistance above and beyond. You might wait 45 minutes at the DMV, and once you get to the counter, you are greeted with a smile and delightful conversation. Honestly – I still cannot get over that part – it’s like Mayberry or a movie lot. For two East Coasters this was the most jarring of culture shocks.

These last four years have been some of the most enlightening of my life. The seemingly organic ways I have grown, perhaps matured, have always felt bigger than me. Even in the trying moments, something in my gut whispered, you are being prepared for so much more. I am still clueless to what that, more, is; however, I would not change a single thing. The relationships we built are of monumental proportions. Seriously. To think in four years we have secured depths and heights with such beautiful souls, makes my insides a little bit mushy and warm. It’s weird…but I kind of like it. These people are kind, generous, broken, loving, forgiving, freaking hilarious, gracious, and stuck with us always and forever.

You may be curious why I am suddenly sentimental, verging on sappy; It looks weird on me, right? Unfortunately, it will continue just a bit longer, bear with me. Our trajectory is taking a sharp right turn – one both unexpected and exciting. In a few short weeks we will be embarking on a new adventure, one taking us back East. It is filled with a lot of excited anticipation, many unknowns, and a constant state of pinching ourselves. If I am being honest, we have been emotionally dehydrated these last two years. We are looking forward to some serious soul feeding times with family and friends. A reset, a filling back up of sorts. Our exit is incredibly bittersweet – it has been a beautiful chapter of life – leaving a permanent bookmark in our story. We are humbled by the love and lives so richly shared with us. It was beyond our wildest hopes to know this place and its people. We will definitely be back here to visit; however, we cannot wait see our Idaho peoples on our coast very soon!

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life. – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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three years later

Three years ago today (and what started this blog), after 40+ hours of driving, we arrived in Idaho – the Inland Northwest (Google it, it’s a thing). We are so incredibly thankful and happy to live in this place. It is breathtaking, the air smells like Christmas year round, we know and love the best people, and have never once looked back; hashtag blessed. Ironically some dear friends from Maryland will be here in three days and we are pretty pumped – you better get on that plane! Looking forward to celebrating another year in Idaho, but also showing friends our little corner of the world. Cheers!

A couple line items:  

I graduated to an actual domain – you can now read my ramblings via – http://www.misiesface.com

More importantly, Justin Timberlake’s documentary on Netflix is AMAZE. If you haven’t seen it already – DO IT! Seriously, do it right NOW. Do it.

updates for your face

Life is busy, and this is nothing. Mick was recently promoted at work which means longer days and sleepless nights. He is doing an amazing job but he has a lot on his plate. I have been working some extra hours as well so most nights we are both zoning out or falling asleep by 8:30. Everything is cooling off and it is absolutely delightful. The nights these last two weeks have been in the 50’s and the days in the mid to low 70’s. Perfection. It feels like fall, our favorite, but according to the locals, fall is short-lived in these parts. Winter is coming. [i can’t believe I used a Game of Thrones reference – Mick would be ecstatic] 

We accomplished only two small house projects and one major purchase in the last couple months. A new, modern and grown up sofa is in our future! It should arrive in 4-5 weeks and we got a great deal on it – 45% of labor day sales are no joke! We have a few more projects to check off in the coming months, the most important being a nursery. We are very seriously procrastinating on that one. It is unbelievable that furniture for the tiniest of person is so expensive. It’s actually laughable and Mick and I refuse to give into it. Other items like high quality gear, disposable diapers and clothing – that makes sense – but $300+ for a rocking chair and even more for a bed, which in the span of their life they will use for a moment, clearly causes frustration. We have some sweet friends who are letting us borrow some of the larger items but I still get enraged when shopping online. Thank goodness for brownies and dark chocolate, otherwise Mick would have a misie-zilla on his hands, breaking computers and tearing down video monitor displays at every turn.
We get to find out the gender of our little surprise at the end of September! I have started to feel it move – I think it’s either practicing some serious dance moves or I’m going to start calling it Rocky – it gives some pretty fierce but delicate punches. It’s like popping popcorn but with sass. My favorite person in all of South Africa sent us the cutest little onesie – our very first piece of baby clothing. She knows me too well, it’s grey – gender neutral, it has a giraffe – because animals are the best, and it says – baby, it’s a wild, wild world. Perfect. Mick can’t handle mini clothes – he reacts as though he’s looking at the cutest puppy ever. He’s going to be a beautiful mess when this kid arrives.
Our updates are fairly boring but so we are these days. Life has us rushing around and sleeping very little and that won’t change anytime soon. Thankfully we’ve been making some great friends and laughing through most of it. We are looking forward to a family filled visit to Maryland in October and a much anticipated wedding! I have no pictures to leave you with, but I do have this gem…