Seven Years

Thursday, May 23, 2013

On Saturday, some of our dearest friends are throwing us a "Bon Voyage" party at the park near our home.  EVERYONE is invited - so, if you know us well enough to hug us, I hope to see you there!  And, just to entice you to come and get that Pardy hug in before we make our grand departure (we're still here 2 more weeks in case you can't make it, btw) I've put together a little "Cali Short" to capture our time here. (Yes, go grab the tissues before you hit play.  You've been warned.)

I did this for just a few reasons:  first, because I was driving to Target one afternoon a few weeks ago and that catchy Lumineers song came on the radio and all of a sudden I caught a vision of everything that had happened to my life in the last seven years since living in California, and tears started streaming down my face in sheer thanksgiving for all I had experienced.

Also, because there was no way to name each and every person who has known us from the beginning or impacted our lives significantly, or blessed us beyond all measure - the list is just too long.  Because sometimes when you look back on the sum of your blessings it brings renewed hope for the unknown of what is to come.  Because too much has happened not to share.  Because I needed a creative outlet for coping with the emotions of this process.  And finally - because I can't completely capture the last seven years in any kind of tangible way to truly describe to people all it has meant to me - but, heck if I'm not gonna try.

Enjoy. xoxo


  1. I totally cried. Your family is beautiful! And now part of their story, their history will be california, the location of so many rites of passage. And that is beautiful too! Blessings!

  2. aaaawwwww...Such a cool idea & great photos!
    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Can't wait to see the next installment: The Pardy-people take on Nashville

  3. I've already watched this video and just reading the post made me cry. I'm so blessed that you ever moved here. I can't imagine my life without you in it. God is so kind to me and has used you to comfort me so many times. I will thank God for your 7 years in California for the rest of my life. love you.


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