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Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 2

Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 2

Day 2: Wednesday We started the day around noon — sleeping in feels so good when you have no obligations! — with a wonderful brunch – homemade waffles with peanut butter, homemade strawberry jam and real whipped cream! This meal hit the spot and prolonged our hunger all the way until late afternoon. Then we headed to Del Cerro Park (north section of Portuguese Bend Reserve)

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Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 1

Spring Break Stay-cation: Day 1

What a perfect week for Spring Break!!! Because my students don’t have school, I don’t have to work, so Cobalt kindly asked for four days off this week so he could hang out with me. :D Day 1: Tuesday After sleeping in, Hubs and I researched apartments online (spoiler alert! we’re moving to another area of LA! More on this soon…) and discussed options for our week-long vacation. Finally having the opportunity, we really wanted …

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Edible Gardening in Los Angeles

Edible Gardening in Los Angeles

Purple Cauliflower - cold season If you’re not familiar, Los Angeles hosts two distinct seasons – cool and warm. By cool I mean the ~40s at night in the winter and by warm I mean up to ~90s in the summer. Consequently, both seasons allow a pleasant variety of crops to grow year round. I’ve officially lived through two full seasons in Los Angeles and am nearly finished with another cold season. It’s weird that in February we’re going to …

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New Year 2016

New Year 2016

Gosh, it’s been so long since I’ve written! I’ve thought to update on our “LA Life” so many times but reconsidered — for a lot of the things that had been going on were in my heart and I didn’t wanted to publicly admit my sins of selfishness, fear, and lack of control. Who wants to read an online blog that lists complaints after complaints? (Well, maybe one that is eloquently dictated.) So instead of writing, I’ve been …

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Fall in Los Angeles

Fall in Los Angeles

“Autumn Days” – Chattanooga, TN  | Hope Cox Two years ago seems an awfully long time. That’s how long it’s been since this picture was taken. Two years since we’ve experienced a Tennessee Autumn. Recently I’ve found myself quietly choking up when I see photos or videos floating around social medias and magazines and documentaries of mossy, lush forests or colorful, autumn trees or beautiful, rushing rivers… Sigh… what has LA done to me?? Oh! I …

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Misconceptions of Western Culture

Misconceptions of Western Culture

Hollywood Wax Museum I find it very interesting that the majority of the world wants to move to the West… Western Culture is, somehow, intriguing. The promise of Freedom. Employment. Adventure. The so-called “American Dream.” It’s all very mysterious, really. I shan’t bore you with discussing the US of A’s pros and cons about “liberty and justice for all.” If you’re reading this, you’re probably a US citizen and are familiar with this concept. And are probably grateful, …

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Adapting & Trusting the Lord

Adapting & Trusting the Lord

Written April 2015 In July of last year, when Cobalt and I began discussing more intentionally that we could move somewhere and probably would move to Los Angeles, the forefront concern was: “We can’t afford to move there!” Consequently, that was everyone else’s concern, too. ‘Twas valid, no doubt – Our living expenses here are three times more than in Tennessee and we projected to be making about the same income. But we believed God led us to LA for a reason …

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Cobalt and I haven’t written in a while, mostly due to busyness and the fact that soaking in new turf takes a while to process… But without further adieu, here’s our overdue update: Culture Shock When telling our friends in Tennessee that we were moving to California, most of them gave us wide eyes declaring, “Oh! Won’t you experience culture shock there??” I always thought this comment interesting considering that culture shock is …

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I’ve Got Joy Like a Fountain

Written Dec 14, 2014 So thankful for all the sweet, sweet people at our church. No one has hesitated to introduce themselves to us, the newbies. And many have shared meals with us, gladly. And followed up by asking how we are coping with The Infamous Move. And two have already given us Christmas cards! What a lovely, fresh blessing this new chapter of life with Cobalt is bringing to us! It’s been super difficult …

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Home…Sweet *New* Home

Home…Sweet *New* Home

There are several of these HUGE palm trees in our neighborhood. Cobalt and I like to take walks and observe how everyone decors their house with either native plants or plants of their own (or nothing, as some yards are completely bare, dirt/sand and all). Six weeks since we’ve moved to Los Angeles…two weeks longer than our adventure last summer (one and a half weeks in LA and the rest driving around the country). Most days …

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Week 1: Adapting

Week 1: Adapting

Sunday, Cobalt and I visited the beach for the first time this year  This week I’ve been learning how to both live in California (which is coming more naturally than I would have guessed) and how to let go of the material stuff I left behind in Chattanooga (which is much harder than I imagined). More about the former in this post and the latter in the next. Friday, after five days being in the house …

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We Made it to Los Angeles!

We Made it to Los Angeles!

Can it be that Cobalt and I have already been in Los Angeles for four days? Well, three full days if you want to be technical… Truly, it feels like a week; the past seven days were such a blur of activity — last minute packing and selling of furniture and whatnot, along with seeing friends for the final time. And then of course the drive across the country! We left Saturday morning around 11am Eastern, three hours …

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We Found a Home in LA!

We Found a Home in LA!

Time flies when you’re packing for a move! :D We did it: we found a home Sept 18th in Gardena, CA! It all happened so fast that we’re still in shock. More on the story later. Here are some pictures from Joel and Kat, who moved in last weekend: The outside, Spanish Mission Style The owners planted some trees near the sidewalk in the front yard. They also planted lemon, lime and avocado trees in …

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Moving to Los Angeles

Moving to Los Angeles

“Hey, guys! I heard you’re moving!” One by one, different people over the past two months have approached Cobalt and/or I with both a smile and a frown on their faces (apparently one can possess both of these expressions simultaneously?) and arms stretched for a hug as if they’ll never see us again, even though our move isn’t finalized yet. Caught off guard by this statement (more about why below), I usually imagine myself squinting my eyes at the …

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Hope Graduates College

Hope Graduates College

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I graduated college! What a ride it has been these last five years: attending three universities, becoming friends with some of the most precious people in the world, meeting and marrying my husband, feeling the final year would never end and figuring out who I want to be when I grow up. I’m still not 100% sure about the last thing but I’m getting there. I’ve been learning that trusting God is a day-to-day thing and that He …

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