It’s been deliciously sweet watching it rain in Southern California, a land of gardeners no longer grieving their quenched lawns, and kiddos prancing in puddles for their first time. The grey clouds are excuse enough to light the fireplace and read for an entire day. We’ve been spoiled here eating my mom’s banana bread every morning or my mother-in-law’s steamy hot udon that fills my chest with nostalgia for South Korea. We’ve feasted on carne asada fries and pho, and gargled my sister, Laura’s, homemade/earth-grown syrup when we were hit with a nasty cold.
My calendar has become a logbook of our past two months in Cali. A lot of the boxed scribbles are visits to my favorite local spots with the people I love: a double date at the Veronese Gallery Cafe with my parents, watching our pups run wild at the Huntington dog beach, lunch with some gal friends at the Gypsy Den, and simply playing a game of Splendor at home.
Once John finished his airplane multi-engine instructor checkride, he was free to play hard…and super tired. Thankfully his time off started with a bachelor party at Big Bear Lake and a Lord of the Rings marathon. His friend, Sam, a buddy from flight school and lifelong travel companion visited that following week. Together we toured LA and Orange County with new eyes; LA didn’t look like Gotham anymore but a culturally rich melting pot of festive color and activity. There are so many museums and districts to explore. There’s also no such thing as boredom in Orange County. The beach is a 20-30 minute drive and after the rain, an aerial view of the coast exposed the state’s golden shimmer. Later, John signed off Sam’s Biennial Flight Review for his first time as a Certified Flight Instructor.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–he remains faithful forever.
Best news on the moving-to-Africa front is…we shipped our boxes! Remember those 137 boxes of household goods that we had to sort and sell? We are now at 40 and although it still feels like too much stuff, we are so grateful Samaritan’s Purse is sending our kitchenware and picture frames all the way to Uganda. A special thanks to Rosa, my mother-in-law, who spent her day off helping us re-tape our boxes. We can confidently apply to Amazon now. Love you, xo.