We’re Moving!!!

Oh my gosh. I can hardly…

This has been such a journey, and I know it’s only just beginning! Just over a year ago, I resigned from my position at our church. I loved it so much, but I knew it was time for me give Lindsay Letters 100% of my work attention. Around the same time, Dugan (who was working as the Student Ministries Director of Discipleship) (no, I have no idea what that means) (neither does he) felt that he was probably starting his last year on staff at our church. He was determined to finish well, and he did. He has a deep love for the students & staff in that ministry and leaving it will be super tough. But, we are ready for this next chapter of our story!

And now, we are excited to be packin’ up and heading out (south) west to Paradise Valley, Arizona at the end of this month!!! This is such an answer to prayer. More specifics later, but I am just in awe of how God is orchestrating this in His perfect way, in His perfect timing. As for Lindsay Letters, we’ll keep rolling along, gearing up for Holiday awesomeness per the usual. The shop will stay right where it is, and more details about that later. The Holiday Collection + some new goodies are set to launch the week of September 16th, so keep your eyes out for that. (I cannot wait to show you!!!)

So yea, moving is weird. It’s so cool and yucky at the same time. I’ve never moved anywhere except for college, and that was a half hour away so it doesn’t even really count. I’ve said goodbye to so many friends in the last couple years… Colorado, California, Indonesia, Wisconsin… the list goes on. It’s so weird to be on this end. To be the mover. I want to call my best friends and have them help me figure out if I should keep all my place settings or toss the broken ones, but then we end up sobbing and not talking about forks. You teeter back and fourth between excitement and sadness, and practicality, and the big things that makes moving so sad. The potential of not being here for babies being born or arriving (finally!) from Ethiopia, and traditions with friends and family and my niece’s dance recital. Ugh. My mind and heart just can’t quite comprehend. But then there’s an excitement, too. It will be such an adventure for our little family. I’m excited to wake up and see a big purple mountain, and to swim outside in March. I’m excited for how this will bond our family, and I can’t wait to watch Dugan, God willing, build a ministry nearly from the ground up. I’m all kinds of excited, but today, I’m sad mostly. But we know for certain that God has called us to somewhere else for this next season, and that hope will have to carry us through the tears.

Have you been through a move? Tell me I’m not alone.
Have you ever been near the Phoenix/Scottsdale area? Would LOVE (please please please!) any recommendations for people to meet, things to do, places to shop/eat/grab coffee, good places for kiddos, etc. And if you’re out that way, I’d love to meet you, too, once the dust settles!

Thanks so much for your prayers and support! Until soon – xo, L

(“With You I am Home” Print will be available at LindsayLetters.com 9/5/13!)

  • September 6, 2013 - 12:11 am

    elizabeth - I cannot imagine the mix feelings of moving – so bittersweet! but I know the Lord has big plans for you and I am excited to see what waits for you and family in Arizona!ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Samantha Shepard - Lindsay you will absolutely LOVE the Scottsdale area. It is lovely. That’s the best word to describe it. The locals will fill you in on all the crazy things that only happen in that region like sand storms and scorpions on your porch (totally not as scary to them as you would expect). Overall, you will just love the people and the cute little areas where people gather to shop, eat and mingle.
    I’ve moved several times across the country and the first year is the roughest but once you settle in and allow yourself that time to just get used to it, you start to realize you see it as a home. Not ever THE home, but home nonetheless. :) Let me know if you need any encouragement. I’ve done it many times! Have fun!! And take pictures!ReplyCancel

    • September 9, 2013 - 5:50 am

      lindsay - Thanks so much, Samantha!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    Katie - I grew up in Scottsdale! You will absolutely love Arizona– there are some great spots to check out including Citizen Public House (in Old Town Scottsdale– there is a speakeasy/mixology bar upstairs called R+D which rocks!) You have to enter R+D through a staircase in the back alley– it’s a lot of fun! Some other great spots are The Daily Dose in Old Town Scottsdale and Le Grande Orange in Paradise Valley (both breakfast spots). I don’t want to write you a novel here, but if you need any advice– my family still lives there and have so many great recommendations. Let me know if you need any help!ReplyCancel

    • September 9, 2013 - 5:50 am

      lindsay - Katie, the speakeasy sounds like a place we would Love! Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2013 - 12:21 am

    Erin Lauray - How exciting! I live in Phoenix and would live to connect once you get here and get settled in! I love it here and you’ll be arriving just in time for the bestArizona weather :) prayers for safe travels!!ReplyCancel

    • September 9, 2013 - 5:51 am

      lindsay - Thanks, Erin! Let’s connect for sure!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Marilou - Lindsay, I just “happened upon” your shop this morning, and while clicking through was thrilled to learn you are moving into my area!!!! Please feel free to contact me with any questions – school, you already have a church, but maybe some other groups, shopping, coffee. I am a stay at home mom and available however you may need me! Will be praying for you and your family as you move, transition and settle in. You will love moving here, especially once the heat dies down!

    In His Grace,

    • September 9, 2013 - 5:51 am

      lindsay - Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Mary Ann - Wow–Arizona (and so soon)!
    I’m so glad we connected before the upheaval of your big move. Of course, now I’m doubly disappointed that we didn’t get to meet in person. But I’m absolutely thrilled for you and your family. Paradise Valley is lucky to get you!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2013 - 6:39 pm

    jessica - I love your work and just happened to stumble onto your blog today! So happy I did! I am also moving to Arizona this fall! :) Paradise Valley is beautiful! I am in the health and wellness field so if you need anything involving yoga, nutrition, etc., I’d love to connect!

    Be well,


    • September 18, 2013 - 6:52 pm

      lindsay - Awesome, Jess! Shoot me an email when you get settled!ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    Christe - I am so excited to hear you get to move to AZ! My husband and I just moved away from there in January to WI to be near aging relatives. We lived in Glendale for 25 years, raised our two kids there, made lots of memories, miss it greatly! God has a plan for all of us and He was so right in having us move back by family but I have wonderful memories of our time there. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • October 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    emily - lindsay! hope the settling is still going, going, going (and in a comfortable manner).

    for your coffee needs in the Valley:

    giant coffee
    LUX coffee
    Lola coffee
    Songbird café
    the refuge café, ask for mandi (she’s a sweetheart)

    foodie galore:

    the herb box
    liberty market (out in gilbert)
    cupcakes? see Caketini or Sprinkles or Urban Cookies
    vintage fun? MacAlpine’s

    for kiddos:

    children’s museum
    phx zoo–weather is awesome now!
    schnepf’s farm–good fall weekend

    praying for your family and for your peace of heart on this adventure.

    best– emilyReplyCancel

    • October 25, 2013 - 5:20 am

      lindsay - I LOVE THIS!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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