After an intense week of packing up our home in Eastern Washington and preparing our house to be listed for sale, we drove five hours to Seattle and hopped on a six-hour flight to Maui. Two kids (2 and under), 6 checked bags, 3 carry-on bags, one large double-stroller, two car seats – and lots and lots of snacks and stickers. Endless checklists, last-minute to-do’s, big expenses, and little to no sleep. That pretty well sums up our wild moving adventure this past week or so. It was crazy getting to this point but we finally made it to Maui!
(Read about our decision to move to Maui in my previous post here.)
Praise the Lord we’re here, and settling in to island life! My sister and brother-in-law have blessed us with a place to land for the next month and a half while we look for more permanent housing. Upcountry Maui, where I was born and grew up, is gorgeous. There are rolling fields, lush greenery, cows, horses, and goats grazing in pastures, and panoramic views of the mountains and ocean. It’s great to be here. Ruby and Cyrus are loving all the animals right outside our house! Yesterday, we walked along our street (the street I grew up on) with my sister, and pet and fed a sweet chocolate-brown horse that Ruby nicknamed, “Peaches.” In honor of “Peaches” the horse, Ruby later picked out peach popsicles at the grocery store. I can tell she likes our new surroundings, and also wishes that we could transport all of her friends from Pullman, Wash., here to Maui. This move has been a huge adjustment for her, and Ken and I are trying to show her (and ourselves) extra grace and love in this time of transition, as we navigate tantrums and other developmental milestones.
Here are some photos from our first week on Maui!
Ken started his new job yesterday, so the kids and I are using this time to relax and get caught up on laundry and unpacking. As always, thanks for stopping by and supporting us in this adventure of becoming a little Maui family!