(Almost) Every summer we take the long plane flight from the Gulf Coast up to the North West to spend a few weeks in, what I consider, one of the most beautiful places on earth. This trip is never cheap, but each year it is so so worth it.
Getting a break from the heat and humidity in itself is worth it!
But being able to meet up with Scott (husband and baby-daddy) is the absolute best part of the trip!
The second best part is being able to watch Aspen play with her cousins that she only sees twice a year.
In Idaho, we sleep in late, get dressed, pick up coffee, and climb a mountain.
And sometimes we make our way to the creek to play with the tadpoles and splash in the cold mountain water.
My soul longs for our trips to Northern Idaho each year. As the dates get closer to our departure, I begin to get butterflies. I am a lister, so I start to make plans and write them down. These lists typically look something like this:
- Go hiking
- Eat good food
- Play in the lake
- Kayak to the islands
- Spend time with family
- Have a date night with Scott
- Try not to die from alcohol poisoning
- Go camping
- Fish off the dock
- Go tubing and/or wake surfing on the lake
Most of these get accomplished within our time there.
While we were in Sandpoint this summer, Scott and I ended up hiring a realtor. We have always known that someday we want to make this quaint little town our home. So many beautiful things came shortly after that… like, for one, we found a church we love and someday would like to make it our home church. We also found a house we fell in love with and nearly put an offer on it. But once I met with the lender, we found out that the banks typically do not give loans out to those employed by the Oil Fields until they have been in for at least two years- which Scott has not.
We took this news as God putting a pause button on our search. It absolutely did break my heart, mainly because I developed my own timeline on my life, which God obviously had to humble me on. So for now, we wait. Aspen and I will continue to live in Florida and travel to see Scott throughout the year. I am going to use this time to grow my businesses, experience more of the south, enjoy the friendships I have made, and save money for when we are finally able to move to our dream location.
Everything happens for a reason, and although it makes me a bit sad, I am so glad God took control over the situation.