We’re Moving Back to Washington State

KFWe have decided to move back to Washington State to the Kettle Falls area. We’ve had some unfortunate things happen to us from the first days upon the purchase of our home (and with the purchase of our home) and over the course of the past year. We have just come to the conclusion that people and things are no different in Iowa, Pennsylvania or Washington State. Where different States used to be quite diverse from other States 100 years ago, by culture, ethnicity and religion, it no longer holds. We see the common culture that binds most people together here in America has to do with the television, movies, clothing and the places ventured on the internet. So, after going through most of the country last year and spending one year here in Iowa, we’ve come to the conclusion that it really is all the same.

Now we’re excited to get back to what’s familiar to us as I’ve been in Washington all my 42 years and Matthew from California for 26 years. We’re looking at an area that’s on what they call the “sunny side of the State about 7 1/2 hours from where we lived in Washington last year. There are mountains and valleys, lots of trees, a nice low humidity Summer, lots of snow in the Winter and a very hearty land for growing just about anything you want in the Summer. We are moving in less than 2 weeks from this home on March 15th and will be staying in a apartment temporarily as we look at 2 homes in that area (2 1/2 hours from Spokane) and then wait to close on one of the homes. Here are some pictures of Kettle Falls and the area:

Kettle Falls

Newport, Washington to Ione, Washington - day 40 114

Kettle Falls only has a population of 1,500 people and the nearest larger town of around 4,500 people that has a Walmart is only 12 miles away. People up there are largely into growing their own vegetables, meat and milk and using their own fiber for knitting, etc… We miss having a home as we did in Washington and just have never felt like it was home here. We used to raise turkeys, ducks and a few cattle here and there. We just do not have the room here outside in the barn or with the irregular, hilly land to live as we used to in Washington. My kitchen is about half the size here and I struggle with making room for the vegetables and things that they bring in the back door to wash up for the freezer. We’ve looked at many homes last year that were fairly cheap and would give us an extra $500 a month in our bank account, but we found that they needed extensive work such as new windows or the floors were quite crooked and we would end up paying such an extensive amount of money on some of these older homes that it just wasn’t worth it. So, we are looking at something that fits our lifestyle more. We’re looking for a real farm again and with a kitchen to support it. Being nestled in a community that is not apt to grow much over our lifetime, we hope to meet some good people to work with and some others to fellowship with too.

So, keep us in your prayers. We’ll take pictures on our way back home and I’ll post some here and there as I am able. We know what we’re in for and while things worked very well on our travels and wait for the home to close last year, I’m hoping it will only go smoother and we will never have to do this again.  : )  It will be good to go home again.

8 thoughts on “We’re Moving Back to Washington State

  1. I just love reading your blog.
    I agree, I’ve only lived in PA, and we too live in the midst of an Amish community (not Lancaster) but really it’s not THAT much different than the other places in PA we’ve lived.
    THat said, I’d love to be your neighbor if you ever choose PA! 🙂 🙂

    I’m happy you are going “home”. I pray you have a safe trip and are able to settle in.

    I enjoy reading your blog very much. (I am on MOMYS).

  2. I’m excited for you too, Hadassah! Looking forward to your pics as God unfolds this next chapter for you, and praying for lots of grace and peace in this move. The country looks beautiful where you are moving!

  3. I am happy for you Hadassah. What a beautiful land you are moving to. You are right, people are the same everywhere. God bless you.

  4. Hadassah, I know many prayers have surrounded your decision to move back home. We wish you godspeed and safe travels. Please know it was a genuine pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. We pray Psalms 91 over you asking the Lord to guide you in all of your decision-making. Wish I could give you a big hug!!! I am glad to have your blog to continue to see pictures of you, Matthew, and the children. May the Lord continue to bless your coming and going. God’s peace. Mary

    • Thank you Mary. We loved meeting you too and having you over to our house last year. You are a dear woman and I’m sorry we’ll be so far apart now. I was hoping to see you and Tom again this Spring…. but maybe one day in Heaven. : )

  5. Beautiful!!!!!! Ahhh, the land in Washington is amazing! I do agree with you, while states used to be different, now they are just about all the same. Having lived in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, and now Connecticut, they are just about all the same. Sad.

  6. New reader to your wonderful blog. It took us 9 years to get to the countryside. We just moved a month ago! We are loving the rural life. We bought a farm with lots of land & are learning new things everyday. We wanted to escape the pressure of the suburbs. We wanted a simpler lifestyle. More back to basics. We asked God to lead us & he did. He is so faithful & good! I hope the move goes well for you. God bless!

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