After a couple of the most exhausting days I can remember, we are in Eugene, unpacked and settling in. More to come, but I thought I’d share a few of the photos I’ve snapped via phone:

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My favorite things so far:

• Being able to visit family whenever we want (look at my nephew, baby Charlie! He’s getting so big!)
• The ridiculously vast expanse of the rental’s backyard
• The giant windows everywhere
• The charming street we’re on, and the nearly incomprehensible quiet of the neighborhood (we see maybe one car every hour or so)
• Eugene! It’s awesome!
• Lying in bed at night and hearing the wistful sound of far-off trains
• The fact that my boys are communicating with the neighbor kids via notes taped to a ball that’s thrown back and forth over a fence

I am so happy to be here, you guys.

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erica
erica
9 years ago

It looks like paradise!
Congratulations on a new chapter

Lori
Lori
9 years ago

Congratulations! So happy that you are in the place that you and your family want to be. Good stuff.

twisterfish
9 years ago

Love the notes on the ball!

Kristin
Kristin
9 years ago

Why am I tearing up over your pictures? I think that one with your hubby and son getting into the moving truck is a classic picture. And I also love the ball the with the notes. Glad to see you’re safe and happy!

Cristi
9 years ago

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!!

michelle l.
9 years ago

Love the notes on the ball! The new place looks awesome. Congratulations – you did it!

Tessa
Tessa
9 years ago

Notes on a ball is maybe the cutest thing I’ve ever seem. I don’t remember beingso creative when I was a kid…

Christy
Christy
9 years ago

I am so psyched for you guys. Your new place looks beautiful. What an exciting chapter in your lives.

Rachel
9 years ago

omigosh, the ball with the notes is so far beyond awesome that there is no word for it.

Have I mentioned how completely besottedly happy I am for you guys to be living this dream?

Rachel
9 years ago

OK since Kristen admitted it first I’ll just go ahead and say that this post made me get all lump-throated and teary.

JudithNYC
JudithNYC
9 years ago

What the first commenter said reminded me of the first time I saw Eugene. I had run away from an abusive husband (not my son’s father) and hopped on the first bus going out of town. I knew we were going north but I did not know where we would stop. Maybe Canada. We rode all day and night from Southern California and when daylight came we were in Oregon. When we reached Eugene, one of the boys said, “This is paradise.” So I told my sons “OK, so then this is where our trip ends.” We stayed in Eugene for the next 20 years. They boys had a great childhood and got a great education.

Again, Linda, I wish the very best for you and your men. Eugene can be a magical place.

Kate
9 years ago

Those pictures are definitely worth a thousand MILLION words. Even though I love where I live (most of the year), I have to say that Oregon always tugs at my heart when I go there.

Your new neighborhood looks awesome and I love the ball notes. How sweet that they’re already making friends.

NancyB
NancyB
9 years ago

I’m so happy that the move is done! Enjoy meeting new people and exploring the neighborhood and town. Plus it’s great living near family (most of the time!)

Meagan
9 years ago

Hurray! Welcome to Eugene! (From the once Oregonian now Clevelander). LOVE the red-ball notes. If you go to the 6th Street Grill (across the street feom the Hult Center) and have lunch in the bar in the next couple weeks my mom is Angie, the day bartender.

Christine
9 years ago

That is so great. I’m so happy for you guys. And I love the notes on the ball.

wealhtheow
9 years ago

CON. GRATS. I love Eugene, and I love love love Ashland. The boys are so lucky to be growing up there!

Kris
9 years ago

Look up long’s butcher shop, they have the best meat, its a humane butcher shop, and OMG their stuff is the best. Also, very good prices.

Jill Browning
9 years ago

So happy for you, Linda. Being near family is amazing, even if they make you want to pull your hair out from time to time. What an incredible gift it is for your children to be able to grow up with their cousins.

And I LOVE your new house!! If it had more storage, I’d say put in an offer to buy the thing!

natalie
9 years ago

I’m so happy for you that I’m kind of tearing up. I LOVE that your family is making a dream come true. Fantastic!!

H
H
9 years ago

Congratulations! I am, as so many are, thrilled for you!

Christine
Christine
9 years ago

The Riley is kind comment made me teary. But holy moly how awesome is it to be you right now! So excited for you guys on this new adventure.

warcrygirl
9 years ago

Noteball, too cute! I’ve moved more times than I can count and it always sucked; so glad to hear a happy move story. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures in Eugene!

cbrks
cbrks
9 years ago

You made it! So happy for you and your family…

TheRachelSyn
TheRachelSyn
9 years ago

Feeling your joy all the way up here in Canada! So excited that you guys have made the move!

JB
JB
9 years ago

YAY!! It looks magical. So happy for you.

Kristin C.
Kristin C.
9 years ago

That all looks and sounds glorious. I’m so happy to hear that it feels right!

Eric's Mommy
9 years ago

Looks beautiful!

Sarah
Sarah
9 years ago

OMG that house looks like paradise. I’m thrilled and teary for you and your boys. I hope the magic of his move never leaves you.

Jackie
Jackie
9 years ago

Congrats!! The notes on the ball is beyond amazing…a perfect welcome to your boys!

Kami
Kami
9 years ago

It seriously looks perfect, how do you score these houses with amazing windows?! I’am so happy you’re happy! The ball/note thing uh-dorable!

Mike
Mike
9 years ago

Congrats!

Kristen
Kristen
9 years ago

Big big congrats. Huge.

Victoria
9 years ago

I can not even tell you how happy you being happy makes me. Awesome

sal
sal
9 years ago

Awesome. :)

Ashley
9 years ago

I couldn’t like this more :)

Maggie
Maggie
9 years ago

Congrats on going for your dream and making it happen! That house is gorgeous!

Donna
Donna
9 years ago

Why did this make me all teary too? Craziness.
Love the place though, 69 degrees! I love that! And green! And neighbors with notes! That is the most awesome thing ever!

oregongurl
9 years ago

You are now in my neck of the woods, I’d like to bring you a cup of Dutch Brothers Coffee sometime:) You are going to love Eugene:)

erin
9 years ago

Congratulations! I hope you guys get settled quickly (even if it’s just in the rental). LOVE the communication via ball-thrown-over-the-fence. Smart kids.

Beth C
9 years ago

Welcome to Oregon! So happy for you! Now you can look forward to five years from now, when you’re most of the way unpacked.

lisa
lisa
9 years ago

omg, as someone who’s about to put an offer on her own (tiny, expensive version of) dream home, this totally brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you!

Rakel
9 years ago

Thank you so much for this post Linda. We are in the final stages of moving to another country, with boy and cat. I have just had the most horrendous sleepless night, brought on by stress and the fact that my brain won’t shut the hell up. I totally needed that, a very happy we’re already there post. I am so happy for you, a dream come true!

Tripta
Tripta
9 years ago

I have no idea why I’m tearing up at this. So, so happy for you! Congratulations :)

Dak
Dak
9 years ago

That NoteBall is just … gah! Cutest thing ever.

Big, hearty congrats to you, Linda! It must be great having family near you, and that yard looks like a kid’s paradise. This post just reeks of happiness, and deservedly so. Yay, you!

P.S. That pic of the I-5 bridge gave me flashbacks of crossing it every day for work. Oy.

Elizabelle
Elizabelle
9 years ago

I love Mrs. DePaulo! What a beautiful thing to do for Riley. Best wishes to you all!

shygirl
shygirl
9 years ago

Oh, *Sundry.* Huge, huge, HUGE congrats. Here’s to dreams coming true!!

akofaolain
akofaolain
9 years ago

SO happy for you all! Congratulations!

Yogamomma
Yogamomma
9 years ago

Sweet – so happy for you!!

Auntie G
Auntie G
9 years ago

I would like to leave a, “Go, you!” kind of happy comment, but I am DEAD from the sweetness of the pictures. The goodbye book from school! The cousin who is so obviously related to your darling boys! THE NOTES ON A BALL!

Angella
9 years ago

So, SO happy for you guys.

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