Portland is Home

We have lived in Portland for exactly one week. So far, it’s exactly what I thought it would be. Amazing.

The problem is that it feels a lot like vacation and not a lot like real life just yet. Our house is coming together – thanks to the Hankins’ for helping us unpack and get settled. The restaurants have been incredible – it is seriously difficult not to go out to eat every meal. And we are loving our neighborhood. We can walk to the grocery store, the library, tons of restaurants, and an AMAZING taco food truck. $2 pulled pork tacos. I ate there twice this week.

We got to Portland at exactly the right time. We’ll get to enjoy a little bit of the sun before is goes away until next spring…no joke. We took advantage of the sun and spent Sunday on Sauvie Island visiting the pumpkin patch and enjoying the perfect weather.


We’re planning to do a pumpkin carving party at the Hankins’ in a few weeks with some neighbors and the kids have invited friends from school. A tradition in Rome will start fresh in Portland!


Caroline found her pumpkin – perfect size!




The skies were completely clear which is a big deal around here. It means you can see the snow-capped mountains that surround the city. Mount St. Helen’s is one. The picture below doesn’t do it justice.



We’re so excited to learn this city and become real Portlanders!


4 Responses to “Portland is Home”

  1. 1 Alex Fordney October 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I know you’ll get tire of me telling you all of my Portland stories, but I picked all my pumpkins from that very pumpkin patch on sauvie island. You guys make me miss the city more and more.

  2. 2 Diane October 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Smiths, Portland looks beautiful. I’m so happy that you all are safe and settled and out having fun. The HanKin’s are a blessing to you all and it makes us feel like you have family out there with you. I know they’re family to you. I love reading and seeing the pictures so we can keep up with you. This is going to be a long vacation!! We love you here!

  3. 3 Alane October 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Know that we are all thinking of you. Looks like God is already blessing you! Keep the photos coming, thanks for sharing– take care**

  4. 4 Mary October 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Praying for easy transition for all of you, especially Caroline. You all look great .

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