(Houston: “My view of her, and her view of the Ice Castles.”)
Last Saturday, in the wake of all the craze from the holidays and an off and on sickness that I’d been dealing with, Houston planned for us to take the day to the White Mountains and stop and see the Ice Castles.
I had wanted to go so badly last year! We’d even bought tickets, but the night we were supposed to go the temperature was -15F. Needless to say, we decided against it. How exciting it was to be able to finally go almost a full year later.
And it’s been about a year since I’ve blogged! In that time we’ve had the chance to really reflect on moving to New Hampshire and whether it has accomplished a lot of the goals we thought it would. While our jobs and life seemed simpler and calmer at first, job complications soon changed that.
Houston took to a new career, and with that came some unforeseen financial strain that we were not prepared for. God, being the amazing Father that He is, provided the opportunity for me to jump back into teaching mid-year to help with our new financial predicament. The peace and calm quickly became a rush of chaos and change. As you can probably guess, the timing of all of this change coincided with the exact time we fell away from the the blog world.
The biggest thing Houston and I have learned through this entire journey so far, is that you are who you are, no matter where you are. Your surroundings can be conducive to a certain type of lifestyle, but ultimately it is your choice to live the way you do.
Yes, certain things have been simplified and calmed in our life by moving. We went from thinking we could never live in something smaller than a two bedroom apartment to living in a studio-loft. I haven’t had a microwave or dishwasher in two years. Houston and I do our laundry at a laundromat. I experimented with a vegetable garden last summer, that went so well! We had tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and herbs galore. I’ve since dried the herbs and use them in my cooking regularly. Speaking of which, we eat out a lot less due to the distance of most restaurants. Most clothing stores I shopped at in Arizona don’t exist in New Hampshire, so I buy almost all my clothing second-hand. We spend A LOT more time outdoors whether it’s cold or not. We live in the center of a small town that has a population of about 17,000 people, and walk to most places around town.
My most favorite part of all this change is that Houston and I spend a lot more time together. This has been so crucial in our marriage as hard times have come and gone. Our drive to the Ice Castles in the White Mountains, is a perfect example of that. We spent 3 hours in the car just talking. Catching up. Reconnecting.
In a sense that’s what this post is as well. Catching up. Reconnecting. Houston and I plan to post a lot more and continue to document our adaptations to this new and exciting climate.