If you read this blog, you've probably noticed that Matt and I have gotten to do some pretty cool stuff since we arrived in Anchorage just over a month ago. It has been an awefully busy few weeks - both starting new jobs, moving into a new house, finding a new church, making new friends, discovering new hobbies, adjusting to the Alaska way of life - basically everything encompassed with a big move. My sister, Caitlin, asked me the other day if I had any regrets about moving up here. Sure the time difference is challenging to keep up with people, the weather is a tad bit colder, and anything familiar is a 10-14 hour/$600 flight away...but I can honestly say that I haven't looked back. I've truly enjoyed this experience so far. I had high hopes going into it - though I'm not one that shys away from facing new, exciting places. I was really excited to embark on this adventure with Matt - to deepen our relationship and really work together in creating a home away from home together. Plus, the scenery doesn't hurt.
Something about this place gives me peace. I feel more relaxed than I have in a while. I love that I rarely drive and when I do, it's usually with Matt. I love that after work I can walk over to work out - even in the misty rain - and not have to sit in traffic. I love that 99% of the people we've met just want to talk and open up. I love that there is more to do than we can imagine at our fingertips, but that I can curl up with a cup of hot tea on our couch at the end of the night. I love that I feel safe in bed at night. I love that my new job tries to create a warm, enjoyable office environment. I love that everybody lives no more than 10 minutes away. I love that I can wear scarves year round. I love that after dinner Matt and I can bike along the coast for hours. I love that there is a coffee shop on every corner. I could go on as lots of things add up to the goodness of this new place. But above it all I love that whatever it is - it gives me a quiet spirit. Sure, I have my moments...but I believe God has blessed this move and coupled with that comes a peaceful heart.
I'm glad that God know what He is doing.