We Moved: The Launch

June 14, 2014 · 9 comments

It was hard for us to say good-bye.

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She seemed to feel the same way. Teton Valley was consistent in that regard: visually speaking, her hellos and goodbyes and the moments in between seem to happen with a fair bit of drama.

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This is where our hearts have lived for five years, and where we hung our hats full-time for the past three.

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It’s where Winston grew up (and up, and up) and where he discovered the love of his life. (Hint: it’s snow.)

We Moved-4It’s entirely fitting that this is the last “Quick! [easyazon_link asin=”B001ENOZY4″ locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”rickandkathy-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”no”]Get the D-90![/easyazon_link]” photo I took in our cherished farmhouse.

It’s by NO means the best photo we took in that magical space over the years, but it captures perfectly the delight we took there in the beauty of a million small opportunities, often in the kitchen, to slow down the ordinary until the moment became extraordinary.

Extraordinary breakfast potatoes.

In addition to “great friends and neighbors,” “jaw-dropping scenery in every season out of every window,” and “a place of deep, creative, peace,” it’s as good a summing up of our life there as anything else.

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But there are seasons for all things, and at the end of April, it was time to pack up as much of our kitchen gear, art supplies, dog paraphernalia, etc. as would fit into a 26-foot Uhaul and head north to Vancouver Island, Canada to some new adventures.

It was a big (and by “big” I mean huge, complicated, and exhausting) job, but thank God I had at least made an early start on packing away a few memories in this blog over the past five years.

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Do you have your exit buddy?

Yes, yes we do.

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Have you taken all the necessary safety-precautions before launching?

Well, no… A life worth living inevitably comes with some risk, otherwise it wouldn’t be an adventure, would it?

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Are you consistent, in that the first photo you took after having crossed the border into your new home and native land was also, coincidentally, of potatoes? (Poutine purchased aboard The Queen of Alberni, to be precise.)

Yes, yes we are consistent.

We have the most important constant in our lives firmly in place: each other.

We have Winston. (No choice there: he glued his butt to Rick’s left knee (see above) sometime around mid-April and stayed there until he was sure he was coming with.)

Cherished friends and family are all still just a text/phone call/email away, and now a good chunk of you are also within a ten-minute’s drive radius.

We have already had more delightful new adventures and taken more photos in and around our new home than I will ever catch up on, and I commit to remain consistent in my good intentions to post more regularly. (Ha! That should be an easy piece of cake.)

Carole Murchison June 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I loved this post! What an exciting adventure?! I can’t wait to see your new home and hear more as you settle in.

Sue June 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Great Post…keep em coming! Want to see the new digs.
So bittersweet this blog! You made it! Can’t wait to see ya!

“Life is about not knowing, Having to Change, Taking the Moment and Making the Best of it, Without Knowing what’s going to Happen Next. Delicious Ambiguity.”

—Gilda Radner

Debra June 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Lovely post…a bit sad, as your dream in the Teton’s was short lived…but look at what you accomplished in such a short time?! The past photos have made us all I think feel like we were along on your beautiful journey of discovery…but then where ever you are, as long as you’re together, there are other amazing discoveries to be seen…and they’re waiting to hear that click of the shutter and see what mysteries are uncovered through the lens… Au Revoir until your next post!

Kristie Pham June 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

Beautiful post! I’m already looking forward to many more amazing pictures from your new home.

Charlie June 16, 2014 at 4:34 am

Oh my gosh – I had no idea! I am happy for the 3 of you! Now, next time I head to the Northwest to see family I have a legitimate reason to head north of the border. All my love – best wishes!

aunt Cena June 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

What beautiful pictures and so magically written. Love to you both in

Colleen June 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Fantastic! What a beautiful spot to pick. Can’t wait to see the new pics and see the views you see now! All the best on the new adventure!

Nancy Renzullo June 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Looking forward to sharing some new adventures in the Northwest “from the peanut gallery”.

Guri June 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Good luck guys!!!

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