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Thursday, March 11, 2010

A look back..

When I drove to LA to pick up Chad from the airport I arrived in the area about 2 hours early { just a bit excited to see my boy } So I decided to cruise around our old neighborhood! It was such a bitter sweet time. I was so thankful that the Lord laid it on our hearts to leave our life there and move to a small town to raise the kids.We literally left jobs, friends, and church to move to an area 2 hours away that we had visited once! But it was clearly the hand of God because we knew it was the right thing before the kids started school.  The area has changed so much and kinda felt like a concrete maze. I drove down the street where we bought our first home and where the boys were babies. It's still such a beautiful tree lined street and I remembered walking up and down countless times with the boys in their double stroller. It always smelled so good and was cool and homey.We were nervous first time buyers with a mortgage that seemed daunting and less than a month after signing on the dotted line we found out Chad was on the way.  But God in His goodness always took such good care of us and made it all somehow work. Travis's first birthday was in the backyard combined with our housewarming party.



On the corner leaving the housing tract  there was a convalescent home and we used to walk by and I would lift the boys up to wave at the people inside.They always smiled and waved back.This trip I was so tempted to pull over and wave again. My Daddy would stop over to see the kids on his way home and my mom came for coffee most mornings while we were starting our day. So many memories for sure...
I loved our first house and felt so blessed to have it! It was yellow then but still looks the same.



That front window is where the boys would stand and watch the trash trucks come by and get excited when they saw Steve's truck pull in. The Catholic family next door had 8 kids when we moved in and when we left they had 12! They still live there so I had to fight the curiosity to knock and see what the total count was!  
 It was fun to cruise around, swept up in such great memories. But all the while so thankful that after picking up Chad we were headed back to our T-Town  HOME. Memories are so precious and I'm so thankful to have been able to revisit such sweet  ones for an afternoon!

5 comments:

Cougarnana said...

Those trees are magnificent. Where in LA did you live? I love revisiting our old neighborhoods (we have a couple), it always makes me appreciate where we are now. Last summer we went back to our house in Corona, it was heartbreaking. We were on our way to Newport Beach for our family vacation and we had stopped at Miguel's, so our 3 daughters, their husbands and Jim and I all drove up to the old house. We stood out in front (we lived on a cul-de-sac) and reminisced, a little sad but fun. Lots of memories from our 20 years there but the house sure doesn't look the same. Yours still looks very cute and well taken care of, what a blessing.

Kori said...
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Kori said...

I agree, those trees were incredible. I haven't seen vegetation like that in years! We love visiting our old neighborhoods too. It is always fun to see where we've been and how far we have come, and then dream about where we will be.

Jojo and Ralph said...

Oh my gosh I love that street with the overgrown trees. Think about how that street would look covered in snow. I love taking a look back. It reminds me of how much I've grown. California really has some beautiful parts. Sometimes I miss it, until I have to drive on the 91.

Housewife Savant said...

I LOVE this post!