Cali: Part I

Hello, Newport Beach

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.

The Dream Center rooftop

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.

Flying over Laguna Beach

He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–he remains faithful forever.
Psalm 146:6

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.

Load it up!
Wrap it up!
Ship it out!

Author: mypoemgirl

I enjoy thrift stores, baking healthy-ish desserts, dancing to elevator music, and hikes all around the world.

2 thoughts on “Cali: Part I”

  1. That’s a huge difference in boxes! All the best wishes during your last few weeks in Cali. Do you have any intentions of making a post about must sees in South Korea?


    1. Thank you 😊 oh man, I’ll have to think about that. I feel like John and I didn’t travel Seoul as much as we wanted. I’ll go through photos to see if there’s some good ideas (;


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