1.10.2015

New sunsets.

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Sorry if these posts about moving are getting old. I guess I am stuck in this place that seems to only be getting stranger because when people ask how long I've lived here I now say "since last year." And it feels so far away. But honestly, I still don't know how to live here. What to do here for fun. Who to call when I have free time. 

Lately, the sunsets back in Hawaii have been in my mind continually. My family and I used to go on walks every night to watch it dip down into the ocean, beyond the horizon, in a blaze of glory. I ca't quite get over the fact that it's so flat here I can't see the horizon, much less the sun dip behind it (I'm pretty sure there are some spots around here where it can be seen, but it's no short walking distance away). I miss that. A lot.

But I'm trying to learn to enjoy sunsets even from our backyard. Sometimes they're colorful. Sometimes.

P.S. School starts next week-ish. I'm in denial. 

23 comments:

  1. oh man. i've never moved and thinking about it is really scary. i can't begin to imagine what thats like. i don't mind your moving posts at all, i'm just glad you're back to posting.

    xx, rn

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    1. Glad they aren't getting tiresome. :) And thanks, it's been fun having an active blog once again!

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  2. So much love for this! It is casual but colourful (a hidden emotion in every word and photograph).

    ps school starting. :( :( know the feels. praying for you. xx

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    1. Thank you for the prayers, Acacia! Hope your first week back goes well. Xo.

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  3. I've never moved before but I'm going to do that later this year. And I'm really nervous. I just can't seem to leave anyone or anything behind... This post was lovely and I hope you'll be able to find more joy living where you live now soon.

    SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE ALICE.

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    1. Moving is a valid reason to be nervous. And I know I talk about how hard it is a lot. But there are good things, as well, like really figuring out your identity outside of your comfort zone. And getting to see new places. I hope your move goes smoothly!!

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  4. leaving home is always hard. i still live at home, but when my family moved from Ohio to Arizona, it was like i left part of me in the rolling hills of the Eastern country. change is a good thing, but it's not always easy, and there are always things we leave behind that have a hold of us. i guess all we can do is learn to appreciate the unique beauty of the new places we come to, as we continue to dream of the haunts (and people) we've left behind. ;) *sigh*

    but really. this is lovely. i'm glad to see you posting again... i've missed your corner of the blogosphere. (also, school. ehh. i don't know how i feel about it starting again. i'll be praying for ya as you head back into the land of books. ;))

    xox, Mikailah
    www.maid4him.blogspot.com

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    1. I ca definitely relate. I'm living at home again too, and it's although it's nice to be with family, it's not the same being in a foreign place. Thanks for the prayers, Mikailah!! That means a lot.

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  5. I'm sorry the move has been difficult. I can understand. I moved to Texas from my home state of Louisiana 13 years ago, and Texas has just never been home. I also don't have any friends here. Thankfully, Lord willing, we'll be moving back to Louisiana this spring.

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    1. Sounds like we're in the same boat! I moved to Texas, too, and it's been tough getting used to it. I hope that moving back home works out for you!

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  6. These are gorgeous even so! I love seeing the sunset. I actually have more opportunities to see it now I am the other side of the world, but totally get not feeling used to somewhere quickly, I have been here 11 months and it still feels super weird (though I actually love it and feel more at home than I did in my 'real' home!)

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte!! It's good to know that even 11 months isn't enough time to really feel normal in a new place. I'm definitely not close yet. But I'm so happy for you in your new home! :)

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  7. Just found your blog and it's so lovely - I hope moving gets less difficult for you, I guess adjustment comes with time and I'm sure you'll feel right at home soon enough.

    Eärendil

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    1. Thanks, Abby!! Glad you found my little nook. :)

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  8. Dearest Val,

    I'm sorry for all the things that are hard about living there, I wish it wasn't that way. I wish you could see the sun fall into the ocean, and that the ocean would be your horizon everyday, and that you could have sushi here with me on the beach. I wish that you could be here. Really hard.

    But I also know that you will be amazing there. That school is going to be lovely and exciting, and a darned adventure. And you will find sunsets you like, and eat food that is bloody good. And that you have a purpose to be there. God has a purpose for you there.

    Also, I miss you like the dickens. Like a lot, a lot.
    I need to see you soon. Ok? Ok.
    Love,
    Byrd
    P.S. We are intrepid.

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    1. Lovely Byrd,

      Thank you for those words. They are rich and full and mean so much. And I definitely need to be reminded that I'm here for a reason.

      I miss you so much, but it's beautiful to me that even miles apart, our friendship is as strong as ever. I am overly blessed.
      Love,
      Valancy
      P.S. Truly, truly.

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  9. I can't blame you for missing the sunsets, because they look absolutely stunning. I've never been to Hawaii (it's one of those things I've always wanted to do. I was saying to my parents the other day "hint, hint, 21st b-day present?" haha) but watching the sunset into the ocean! Wow. I've only ever seen that from the west coast of Florida. It definitely takes time to settle into a new place. Prayers that the transition gets easier and more inspiring for you, girl.

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    1. Haha, it would be amazing if your parents took you to Hawaii for your bday!! Sounds like a great gift. ;) You'd love it there. Florida sunsets are nice, but there's really nothing like Hawaii. Sigh. Call me biased, oh well. And thank you so much for those prayers! You and everyone else who offered those up truly blessed me.
      You guys are amazing.

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  10. these are so calming! lovely photos :)
    www.jchung.me

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  11. I've moved a lot, but not from my city. Although it's not the same thing, it's still sad to leave something you love behind and jump right into the unknown. But it can be rewarding, too. So I hope everything works out for you, that you find many beautiful things and meet new people. After all, the sun will follow you wherever you are.
    Wishing you the best ♥.
    http://fatflyingpig.blogspot.com.br/search/label/EN

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    1. Thanks for sharing your story and those inspirational words, Silvana! That means a lot.

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  12. With time, you will most definitely know how to live there. New adventures spring up, new friends walk into your life. After a while, it will begin to take the feel of home. And then, a little later, it will truly "be" home :)

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