Recently, Keri and I have had multiple discussions on how traveling has really changed our outlook on life on the west coast. It gave us the idea to have me write a post every now and then to get a husband’s/guy’s perspective on different aspects of our life together. So here begins an original series called Ramblings of a Husband (Keri says this is open for discussion).
First, a bit of background.
Several years ago I made the craziest decision of my life and moved to California to pursue a masters degree while working at a rocket lab lighting things on fire. I then proceeded to marry, and subsequently, drag my new wife across the country to join me. And boy did I underestimate the impact of that decision on our lives as a newlywed couple.
Coming from extremely close and loving families, we quickly found out that living in sunny CA is not always what it’s cracked up to be. Even being surrounded by an incredible church family and awesome coworkers, we were consistently in a place of loneliness. Birthday parties, weekend trips to the cottages, and simple but sweet evenings with our parents and siblings were longed for like never before. Our hearts truly ached for our east coast families. It’s a pain that we are both blessed and cursed to have to deal with. Blessed due to our loving families whom we cannot express our gratitude for, and cursed because of our inability to be with them at this time in our lives. It may seem a simple problem to fix: find a job back closer to home and move. But as with many other areas of life, it’s never quite that simple. Eventually, we decided we needed a change. We needed a revival. We needed a new passion in our lives. So, after several months of wishing for home, we knew what we had to do. We threw caution (and a good chunk of our humble budget) to the wind and started being adventurers.
We first committed to small weekend getaways. Photos of Pismo Beach, Big Sur, San Francisco, and wine country started to break up the seemingly endless Instagram posts of coffee and biscuits. Short getaways quickly turned into multi-day trips to Tahoe and Yosemite with friends and family visitors. Even our weekends in town turned into little explorations of the Monterey peninsula and Big Sur coastline, which gave us a new appreciation for the place we now call home.
It was then that I began to see Keri’s passion for blogging, which served as an outlet for her thoughts and feelings. What first I viewed as a major annoyance and time suck, became a beautiful storyboard of our lives, a digital archive of our time in California. It’s amazing now to look back through her posts and reflect on the days we have shared together. I view each one as a stepping stone in our life journey.
Needless to say, traveling has been such a blessing to us. Our marriage has been strengthened from the amazing times we’ve shared. The creation around us has given us a new appreciation for God’s awesome power and His love for us. We have made incredible memories and friendships that I know will last a lifetime. And while we may not be in this gorgeous place forever, we’re sure to continue our travel traditions wherever we end up.