into place


Hello again.  It's been many months since I last made a post, and I've really missed being here.  Life got very busy when we decided last spring to fix up and sell two houses in Oregon and move to a small town in Washington state in pursuit of the slow life I've often written of here.  For many years now we have taken steps toward less complication, less consumption, less waste (many kinds), wanting more time together, more time with family, more time outside, really just more time focusing on things we really care about.  For us, that meant letting go of a lot of things - some that meant a lot to us, but many more that we were more than ready to let go of - and relocating to a place that would allow us to live a smaller, simpler, slower, more intentional life.  

So ... we got rid of more than half our things, bought a house half the size, and moved away from the city that has been home for most of our lives to start a new chapter.  It feels like the best thing we have ever done.  We absolutely love being here, and in light of unforeseen family issues, it feels like everything just fell into place for us to be here right now, right when we should.  We've spent more time with family in the last month than we have in the last several years.  It's so incredibly wonderful to feel like we are a welcome part of gatherings and in the community.  The way we have been embraced and shown love here has been truly amazing.  I hope we can show the same and give back as much as we have been given.

Last weekend we went out exploring and found the beautiful hike pictured above in the Umatilla National Forest.  We were a bit unprepared for how cold it was and therefore didn't get very far, but I'm so happy we found forest and fog (two of my favorite things) on our first outing.  It also made us very happy to have my sister Lisa along.  She lives just up the road a ways from us now (!!), so I hope she, and my other sister, Vicky, who lives here as well, come along on our new outdoor adventures here.  

I hope to post more regularly from now on.  I'm excited to settle in more - both back here at o notes as well as our new tiny town - and to be taking pictures again.  I will see you again next week - have a great weekend.  Get outside and do something you love with someone you love.  ♥︎♥︎♥︎ - Lori

by mlekoshi