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Heading West, Young Man

Judah Eating

The last time I went on a bit of a blogging hiatus (one year ago), it was because I was pregnant and wanted to vomit every time I thought about Pennies on a Platter.  This time, I’m not pregnant but other life changes are in full swing.  We are moving!  Ben recently accepted a job offer in Southern California, so we’re packing our bags and our baby boy and heading west.

This is the biggest move we’ve made, so we’re busy searching for places to live, scoping out moving options, packing up our belongings, and trying to spend as much time with our friends here as possible.  We love where we live now, and have the best friends and church we could ask for, but we know we’re being called to this next step of ministry for a purpose, which excites us to no end.

That being said, until we finish our move and get settled, I won’t be blogging as often (as you can already tell).  The timing is a bit bad, as I’m starting the baby food process with Judah and can not wait to share my favorite recipes.  Some of the next upcoming posts may not be about food, but updates of our move instead.  I’ve come to adore you, my readers, and definitely want to keep you posted!

In the meantime, I’d love to hear your favorite thoughts (food related or not) of California.  Chicago is a great city, and I’ll dearly miss it.  So, to help me not miss Chicago so much, please share what you love about Southern California, or the West in general! 🙂


10 Responses

  1. I am a transplanted Michigander! We moved “west” six years ago (AZ and now NV). We love So Cal! Chicago has it’s own vibe, but so does Cali. You’ll notice a lot more skin and a lot more sunshine! My cooking changed a lot as well. Working in southwestern ingredients has been a lot of fun. Plus I think just about everyone in So Cal has an annual pass to Disneyland. 🙂

  2. So now we know where you’ve been! I don’t know much (or anything) about the West as I’ve never been there, but I can empathize with your situation! We just found out over the weekend that we’re moving as well! Chris accepted an offer for a better opportunity in GA so all of my time now is going to be spent packing, cleaning, house hunting, etc.

    Best of luck to you in your journey and I am sending you wishes of a safe trip!

  3. Ahhh, you’ll love it out here. I’m a fellow So.Cal gal as well. I love everything out here – the PERFECT SUNNY WEATHER, delicious melting pot of food – food trucks are all the rage right now, cupcake bakeries everywhere, LA and all their glitz and glamour, Disneyland is here, and it’s a perfect timing for the summer for your little one, farmers markets are great, and soooo much more. Maybe we’ll have to meet up, too! Good luck with your move! 😉

  4. We are moving this august from Chicago to Bend, OR…we will be almost neighbors!

  5. Good luck!

  6. also from chicago…moved west to seattle three years ago. I know it’s different from cali, but it’s reeeeally awesome to get more sunshine in your life. Chicago will be there to visit when you need that -20 degree winter fix, and you’ll always get to proudly call it home, but embrace the west coast! You’re about to have the best mexican food of your life at your doorstep!
    your little guy will grow up playing at disneyland, the beach, just being outside year-round…I’m excited for you!
    The move itself, you have my sympathy 🙂 best of luck to you three.

  7. I LOVE So. Cal. I was born and raised here and am now raising my family. I love the variety in ethnic food available and especially the authentic Mexican food you can find around here. I also love the variety and selection of fresh fruit and vegetables year round as well as the great farmer’s markets available in most cities.

    We, too, have an annual pass to Disneyland 🙂

  8. When we visited Ben at Master’s College, I couldn’t get over the vividness of the blue sky. So. Cal. is is all about incredible color and landscapes, and I liked the cool evenings. It opens your eyes to a wide world.

  9. happy for you guys! We absolutely loved Southern California, in fact if I had my choice of where I would live it would be back in Palm Springs!!! You will gorge on Mexican food, way better than the stuff we get in Chicago, the jalapeno infused margaritas are the best and you sure can’t beat the mild climate and beautiful mountainscapes. Best of luck to you guys!

  10. Exciting! Good luck on the packing, the moving, the finding a new home, and the unpacking 🙂

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