For all intents and purposes I’ve been absent and flying under the radar recently. After a break-neck, hectic schedule from January through June, my body and soul told me I needed a break. A break from working, teaching, administrative work on the computer and yes, social media. Not coincidentally, another big change was happening in our lives around the same time.
For the 27 years that my husband (affectionately known to many of you as Mr. Kim) and I have been together, we’ve laughed and joked that we “didn’t know where we wanted to live when we grew up.” Our Air Force career took us all over the US (from Omaha eastward) and even in Europe. Our friends would talk about their plans to move when they retired and honestly, we had no idea where that might end up for us. We talked and dreamed about having a home in the mountains somewhere, and even dreamed big when we thought about buying a little cabin in Germany or southern France. But ultimately, buying abroad just wasn’t practical for us so we turned our attentions to finding a place in the US. My second hobby became watching all those House Hunter and Cabin Life shows on HGTV and trolling websites such as Zillow and Realtor.com.
Now all along we could tell you the places we DIDN’T want to move to in retirement. But the perfect location seemed elusive so we kept looking. And dreaming. And planning. And then we found it: The perfect place for us.
After working very hard, planning, saving, and searching, with God’s help we were able to see our dream come true. We bought a cute little cabin in the San Bernardino mountains in California!
Our youngest son and I set off on a journey to drive across country pulling a U-Haul trailer. Did I mention we also had 3 cats and a dog with us? What an adventure that was! We drove for almost 4 straight days. Pulling the trailer was not a big deal as long as we didn’t have to BACK UP. So picture this: 2800 miles of driving forward without ever putting the car with the trailer attached in reverse. No small feat, I tell you! But we did it!
Since we got the keys for the cabin a couple of weeks ago, Andrew and I have been working hard to clean and fix it up. It had been empty for over a year so it was in desperate need of some TLC. Located a mile above sea level, it has taken a bit of time to get used to the altitude. But the sweeping views, crisp, cool nights, and peaceful forest setting have all been more than worth it. To see our dream come true has made our hearts overflow with gratitude and we feel so incredibly blessed! Retirement is still a long way off for us, but we’ll use the cabin in the meantime for vacationing, spending summers, hopefully enjoying time with friends, and quilting.
The lower level was the perfect place for me to have a quilting retreat!
But aside from all the cleaning and getting rooms set up and things unpacked, I think one of the best parts has been for me to truly unplug. I have barely been on the computer (only when absolutely necessary) and I even spent time finishing up a group piecing project that I put off for far too long! I’ve been listening to beautiful music and meditating. I have been sleeping with the windows wide open with only the occasional owl and the rustling leaves to serenade me. It has been bliss. And my soul feels refreshed.
In a couple of weeks we’ll head home for band and school activities to begin.
But for the next little while, you can find me here. Enjoying heaven on earth.