Texas Wants You, Anyway

The title of this post comes from one of my favorite Lyle Lovett songs, “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas).” Do you know it? If not:

Are you getting the idea yet of what this post is here to say? I bet that you’ve guessed by now, but I will spit it out, anyway:

My family is moving to Austin!

This has all happened kind of quickly, but it feels really good. As bittersweet as it will be to leave Portland, especially under these circumstances, I could not be more excited about returning to the arms of my family and some of my dearest friends. Just thinking about getting to see some of my favorite people on a regular basis gets me all emotional.

Texas friends, I look forward to seeing you soon.

Portland friends: thank you so much for five years of joy and silliness, of drinks in mason jars and summer evenings of grilling while wearing hoodies, of coffee and donuts at Sweetpea and Christmas cookie parties, of food carts and sitting on blankets watching birds fly into a chimney, of Summer Parkways and berry picking, trips to the coast and Bagby hot springs. It’s been lovely and I will miss you dearly.


Texas Wants You, Anyway — 6 Comments

  1. Good decision! I know a ton of good things will flow from this change. I look forward to the blog posts!

  2. Oh my gosh! Wow, that’s wild but also CONGRATS! You sound really happy about your decision and that makes me happy for you . . . and also very jealous! We’re down in SoCal right now (Santa Barbara) which is our “home”. After just about 5 years in Portland, we’re really considering leaving as well. But unlike you, I am COMPLETELY TORN and have no idea what the right decision is. *sigh*

    Anyway, it’s awesome to see the path clearly and realize what you should do. So I’m really glad for you that you’ve found clarity there. I will miss you and our burgeoning friendship, but hey, that’s what the internet is for eh?

    Cheers lady, and YAY!

  3. Good on you. I honestly think that you can’t underestimate the power of having a strong, loving support network when you’re going through tough times. :) I hope things look up for you soon!

  4. I love your attitude about all of this! Really, really hoping this turns out for the best for you & your family <3

  5. I’m just now catching up on your blog. I’m sorry you and your family endured so much over the last few years. As someone who got a fresh start in Texas and have loved TX ever since, I hope you and your family find the same joy here the second time around. Best wishes on your move and settling in! And, if you are ever up in Dallas, lets go grab some nachos at Spiral Diner…my treat! = D