Family culture

Roots

If you’ve followed along in our journey, you know that we moved to Southern Oregon in the summer of 2019. We’ve spent the past year and a half exploring this awesome state…and there is still so much left to see!

Limpy Creek Botanical Trail in Grants Pass and Fall Creek Falls near Glide, Oregon were both enchanting in March…both places felt like we were in Rivendell and an elf was going to appear at any moment! Something about sunlight hitting moss…I feel like Pacha in The Emperor’s New Groove saying, “These hills sing!”

Summer came with trips to the coast and Redwoods, learning how to paddleboard, camping trips, swimming in lakes and rivers and even Crater Lake, rafting down the Rogue, more time at the coast, more camping, and a whole lot more swimming. I’m not sure there was a set of two consecutive days my kids weren’t in the water! We played hard and if there was ever an idyllic childhood summer we got it!

With Covid closing our playgrounds and libraries, we focused on making our backyard an awesome place to be. We planted a garden, got a hammock and swing, set up a bird feeder, and built a teepee from driftwood collected in Applegate lake.

Pouring so much work into a rental backyard felt a little disheartening, though. Towards the end of the summer both Matt and I began to feel a pull towards finding our own home. Seeing as our rental was comfortable and we had a long wish list for our Home, we were OK taking our time looking for the right house. At the same time, my parents were home hunting as well so we looked at a LOT of houses over the course of a few months. Side note: my parents worked with JJ Kramer from April onward and he was awesome!

When the fires ravaged the Rogue Valley in September, we knew there was going to be a rush on houses having seen it happen in Chico after the Camp Fire in Paradise. Every day we looked at every new house listed but nothing felt right. Then Matt noticed a house that was hidden a bit—tucked away and interestingly enough had never popped up on any searches we made. It had been on the market for three months during a time when houses my parents were looking at were getting into bidding wars on the day that a house would list.

JJ got us into the house that evening and it was so perfect for us it seemed too good to be true. Four bedrooms, a roomy sunny homeschool room, a big kitchen as we all love to cook, windows to let in tons of light…we were smitten. On October 27th we closed on this dream house ❤️

It’s a home that can easily hold guests and ALL the family. I really believe you can make anything work, but moving to a location that’s literally double the space is like having so much more room to breathe. Both Matt and I work from home, and being a homeschool family—this is truly our home base. Each morning I look around and feel so immensely blessed—this is the first dwelling in my adult life that I can see being our home without an end date.

Matt and I did a massive IKEA haul for bookshelves and other basics, and I scrambled to get all the furniture assembled (49!) and things set up so we could enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with family. As the weeks pass and we tweak things around, it just feels more and more like home.

So here I sit—in my favorite chair by the fireplace, listening to the sounds of Tatum singing in the bath, Bennett “reading” a story to herself on the landing, Kenna playing with dolls in her room, Roy panting on his bed nearby, and Matt watching board game reviews on the TV.

Comfy sounds of life. Sounds of home.