I LOVE Seattle in the summer time. LOVE it. So, when I found out that I had a month off at the end of summer…I knew right were Tucker and I were headed. We had so much fun, too much fun. We ate at all our favorite spots:
Nikos Gyros in Magnolia (chicken sylvlaki salad and greek fries)
Thai Toms in the U-District (tofu yellow curry)
Paseo’s in Fremont (cuban sandwhich)
Palisade’s in Magnolia
Maggie’s Bluff in Magnolia
Piroshky Piroshky at Pike’s
and of course my dad’s BBQ
we hung out with family, friends, went camping, went fishing, went shopping, layed out on the deck, played with the puppies, went to Pike’s and enjoyed every second of it all. It was so hard to leave. It didn’t rain once…. Isn’t the reason I was okay with leaving Seattle was because it rained all the time… rain to sun…. anyways it really was hard to leave.
Tuck and Andrew
Seattle’s new ferris wheel
Mom and Dad at Moogy’s where Tucker works
My parents came to Boston in July and we also took them to NYC for a weekend. They had never been to the east coast besides a trip to Georgia for Peter’s Ranger ceremony. It was a hot week that they were here but they held up well despite no A.C. in our apartment. Charles came too…. It was fun having the puppies together but Charles wasn’t a happy dog while he was here. It reassured my decision to leave him in Seattle when we moved out here. We did the freedom trail, ate out in the North End, swam at the Chestnut Hill pool, went to dog parks, did lots of walking, showed them the colleges, watched the blue angels, watched a spectacular firework show on the 4th, and gave them their first subway riding experience. In NYC, we took the staten island ferry, walked around central park, ate bagels, saw wall street, saw the new freedom tour and ground zero, rooftop view of the empire state building, grand central station and much more that I am forgetting. It was a fun trip and I look forward to them returning
The Dover’s took us camping at Acadia National Park. It was stunningly beautiful. The ocean was so vast, the stars were so bright and the sun rise was spectacular. It was so fun to be out in the wilderness with no cell phone service for a few days. We kayaked, played cars, swam in lakes, swam in the ocean, star gazed, saw the sunrise at the first point of view on the east coast, built fires, cooked great food, drank nasty coffee and had a wonderful time. Rigs and Dolley were pretty cute out in the wild too. Rigs looked like a wild fox.
I think most people can agree Church hunting is not fun. Especially when a church is small.. You are the awkward new people who would love to meet some of the congregation to get a feel for the church but are so nervous you leave as soon as the guitar’s last strum rings through the sanctuary.I had gone to Mars Hill Church in Seattle for the past 6 years so I was a little nervous to find a new church in Boston.
We looked at the Acts 29 network website to find some churches affiliated with Mars Hill. Tucker found that City on a Hill was close by. We moved here on a Saturday.. so Sunday morning we got ready and walked to City on Hill Church. They meet in Driscoll Elementary School.
We loved it. The sermon was fantastic and the people were incredible. They had small group sign ups after that service so we went to look at the sheets and met a couple from Seattle and the wife was in Physical Therapy school and the husband was out here working. He found out Tucker was looking for work and told him about a catering company he had worked for. Tucker got the job and started working immediately. We had never experienced such grace and welcome from a church community. We joined that couples small group and haven't looked back.
Have I mentioned?
WE LOVE OUR CHURCH.
Sunday Service. Bible Studies. Birthday Parties. Softball League. Help when our car battery is dead. Rides to the airport. Puppy Sitters. A true family away from family.
I honestly don’t know if we would still be in Boston without this church. And if we weren’t still in Boston… I would be without my degree probably sitting on a couch, unemployed filled with regret and embarrassment. Leaving this church will be the hardest thing in May. We will just need to find a way to transport them to Seattle.
Growing up playing softball made me automatically love baseball. I love everything about it. Some of my fondest memories are going to Mariners game, watching games on T.V., walking down 32nd to watch Magnolia games. I think I love it so much because it starts in the Spring and that means sunny days are just around the corner. I really don’t know how anyone could have a bad day while watching a ball game. Naturally, it has always been a dream of mine to go to Fenway Park aka The Green Monster. Tucker and I bought tickets to a game when the Mariners came to town. It was so fun being there. It is so convenient to get to by taking the T (subway). The stadium is so small! And the fans are so devoted. The Mariners lost though 😦 Sorry… still not a Red Sox fan. Go Mariners!
I’ve been hearing this saying from friend after friend here lately, “Nothing is easy in Boston.” It is what I have been saying since the day we moved here. I am liking Boston more… But since I promised myself I would make this blog a journal I could look back at… I have to document this experience I had
I was driving to my clinical placement in March and was driving in what they call the “carriage lane” (basically a lane separated from the road by a cement curb that you pull into when you are looking for parking or turning) I was maybe half a block from the apartment when someone pulled out of a parking spot and hit my car and pushed the car into the curb barrier. We pulled off the road and got in a slight argument so I decided to call the cops to file a report so I wouldn’t blamed for such a black and white accident.
Let me tell you why you shouldn’t get in an accident in Boston
1. The cops don’t file a report unless there is a serious injury. I had to BEG them to come to the accident site. Mistake #1. They did nothing
2. The rental car you will get will be the size of a Boat.
3. The rental car will not have resident parking or a parking sticker for school.
4. You will drive around for at least a half hour every time you want to park at home because everything is resident parking
5. MA is a no fault state so they expect your insurance to pay even if it was clearly the other persons fault.
6. Insurance is already way more than double what I paid in Seattle. It is risky to get in an accident and have that insurance end up costing double your rent.
6. It will take FOREVER for the insurance to agree to pay. Months.
I drive more careful than ever before because of how big of a hassel one TINY accident with no injuries was. I am thankful that God got me through it all and taught me some lessons through the experience. I like to think I am getting thicker skin by the day here 🙂
my brother Peter in Afghanistan
My brother is in Afghanistan. He left in March and will be back in December. It is a weird feeling having him so far away and in harms way on a daily basis. Having a brother in war puts the decade long war in a whole new perspective for me. It is hard for me as I realize how skewed the media is. We keep hearing “the war is almost over, we are pulling out”….which may be true but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still as hostile as ever or as big of a deal as ever. I have learned how to trust God more and to pray more because praying is a powerful thing that I can do while my brother and others are overseas. I read an article recently that said, “the dumbest thing I have ever said is ‘all I can do is pray’.” The article really hit me because I say that ALL the time and it really is the dumbest thing I could say. All I can do is pray? as if that is such a little insignificant thing? Praying to our all-mighty, all-knowing, POWERFUL God is the best thing we could ever do. I love and miss my brother very much but he is doing something so brave and so wonderful for our country and I am so proud of him. I will keep praying knowing that our God knows what He is doing.