Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This weekend we took a quick road trip to Portland (specifically, my home town of Lake Oswego) to be at my nephew’s high school graduation party and my niece’s voice recital. While my husband doesn’t seem to miss Portland very much, every time I go back I feel homesick. It was where I spent so much of my life growing up and where we lived when all of our kids were little, so it still feels like my true home (even though we now live in Seattle!).

I can hardly believe our son Luke was in second grade when we moved from Portland to Washington! He’s spent half his life in Portland and half in Washington. He’ll graduate from high school next year (cue the tears!).

We’ve lived here in Washington for nine and a half years (as a point of reference, I started my blog eleven years ago so I had been blogging only a year and a half when we moved).

My how time flies!

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

When we moved to Washington, my daughter Courtney was in her last year of high school in Lake Oswego (she graduated from college with her interior design degree five years ago now!). Kylee had just gotten married a few months prior to us moving here (she and her husband Lance have been married for a decade this August!).

We lived on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington for the first six years we were here in Washington, but then moved to Seattle three years ago to bring our whole family closer together while Luke was in high school. Kylee and Lance and Courtney all moved to Seattle during college and have lived here in the city ever since.

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

What a whirlwind this whole adventure to Washington has been! While it is always hard to leave home and take the risk on a new life, we are happy to took that chance. So much has been accomplished and so much good came out of our move here for all of us!

Even though we are happily feeling settled in our home here, it’s still fun to take a drive by through a few of my old neighborhoods just to reminisce and check up on some of my favorite homes. And of course, it’s always fun to share a few photos so you can enjoy the drive with me!

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This photo above is actually the last house I lived in with my family when I was in high school. It was a gorgeous English style home. This is the only home located on a small peninsula on Lake Oswego, so we had water on three sides of our home. I loved living here! It’s changed quite a bit over the years, but it still brings back so many memories to drive by.

Of course, this angle and photo doesn’t begin to capture what it looks like from the water sides. If I can get some other photos, maybe I can do another post about it sometime ( and maybe some of the other homes I’ve lived in!).

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This house through the iron gates (above) is another one of the homes I grew up in, the one right before we moved to the lake house. It’s a lovely white colonial, but sadly I can never get a good recent picture of the front of the house because it’s so private (unless I went running down that driveway or jumped through the bushes with my camera hahah. Which I’ll admit, I was very tempted to do just to give you a better look! Maybe next time!).

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This house behind that hedge is owned by someone I’ve always called “the Martha Stewart” of the neighborhood, since she always had a perfectly manicured landscape. I love driving by it, I’ve shared that secret gate on the blog many times!

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

I hope you enjoyed this little drive by through my old stompin’ ground (what exactly is a *stomping ground* anyway?)!

Are you still living in the city you’d consider your ‘home town?’ Or, like me, have you headed off on new adventures? How do you feel about where you live now? Do you ever feel homesick? I’d love to hear your stories.

PS. I’ve heard that a sense of homesickness is a growing issue for people in our culture since we tend to move around a lot. I’m such a homebody, I guess it only makes sense that I would long for that sense of being back home sometimes.

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Hey friends and happy day after Mother’s Day!

After a long season of book writing and other things that have kept me especially busy this year, I have given myself permission to just slow down and rejuvenate a bit. It’s not the same as taking a real vacation (although I’d love to do that, too!), but it’s good to make the time and mind space to let myself just BE present in whatever moment will refuel me, rather than always being busy DOING what needs to be done (or what needs to happen to keep up with a deadline).

I love my job and have been beyond grateful for opportunities to do what I love for the past eleven and a half years, but there are definitely projects and seasons as a small business owner that are especially challenging to keep up with.

And when you are self-employed (or just ambitious!), if you have a lot of great opportunities for growth (which is a good problem to have!) it can be hard to take time for a real break in between projects. But as they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup so it’s important to fill back up.

So sometimes you just have to decide you’re going to guard that time for yourself, even if you have to slow down or even drop a few balls in order to get time away. I remember needing to give myself that same permission to take time for myself in so many seasons of life!

To be healthy, happy, creative and even productive, I think we need to keep regular rhythms between rest and work. Productivity can be so fun and very rewarding, but time alone, time with our favorite people, time to refresh, it’s all so important to our well-being.

It’s not always natural for me to slow the pace (especially since I love what I do!), but it’s so refreshing to have (make!) time to wander neighborhoods again just for fun, to sip coffee at a more leisurely pace, and even to just putter around the yard (yes, I can’t wait to show you how our yard is coming along! I have so much to show you!!!).

Yesterday I got to relax with my family doing some things I LOVE to do, it was a perfect Mother’s Day!

We started the day at Storyville (their almond milk latte is my favorite coffee in the world!), followed by a walk on Alki Beach in West Seattle. The sun was shining and it was absolutely gorgeous out!

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Aren’t my kids cute? :)

After the beach we decided to head over to an area I enjoy driving and walking around. Madison Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle! The homes and landscaping are so beautiful and inspiring. Several of the streets overlook Lake Washington so the views are stunning, too.

I will have to go back and take more photos, but I snapped a few to show you!Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

  Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

I can’t imagine a better way to spend the day, enjoying time outside on a lovely day with my sweet family (well, and drinking coffee and looking at houses, ha!).

Hope you are taking time to be present in moments that refuel you, too, sweet friend!

What have you been doing lately to make time for yourself?

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

More Drive Bys on The Inspired Room: 

Highland Park – Dallas Drive By

Magnolia – Seattle Drive By

Queen Anne – Seattle Drive By

Queen Anne + Magnolia Drive By

Summer Drive By in Portland, Oregon

Cannon Beach Cottages Drive By

or scroll through all of my past drive bys here!

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle
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