Goodbye Virginia, Part One

{Memories from our first year. . .}

We arrived in Virginia in July of 2005. We were newlyweds, new-to-Virginia, new seminary students, and excited to start this new chapter of our lives together. God has been so good to us throughout these four years in Vir-gin-i-ay. There is no way to describe His endless goodness to us. We made life-long friendships, life-changing decisions, and thousands of memories that will flood our minds for years to come here in Virginia. We love you Virginia and we love you our sweet friends. We are thankful for our years here and look forward to what God has in store for us in Oregon. I will be posting each day this week to complete our Goodbye Virginia series of posts. . . . . . . . . .
our wedding day, June 25, 2005! We honey-mooned in Boston and Martha's Vineyard, and arrived in Virginia in the middle of July
our first home, 1014 Wickford Court, in Chesapeake

one of my first introductions to Virginia summer weather and I was in no way what-so-ever a happy camper about it! I specifically remember thinking "could I strip down to my skivies and get away with it? It is SO. HOT. HERE." We did enjoy the Oceana flight show. . .and apparently it was a bit loud for me as well? Steve just thinks this picture is the funniest.
exploring the USS Wisconsin
Concert with Jim Brickman at the Neptune Festival 2005. We have loved attending the Neptune Festival each year--for those of you out of state, it is a weekend festival where the locals "reclaim" their beach from the tourists.
Neptune himself, unveiled at the Neptune Festival of 2005

we enjoyed a little get-away to Monticello in the Fall of 2005
signing to become official home-owners in October of 2005
bringing home our first Christmas tree. . .in the Corolla. . .which became our tradition
celebrating Steve's first birthday as a married man, December 2005
Christmas Day, 2005, our 1st Christmas married
adopting Calistoga, our Cal-baby, January 2006

. . .and learning to love her and ALL of her character traits. . .
experiencing some Virginia snow, February 2006
happy window box at the start of spring 2006. . .


  1. Neat idea, Sarah. I'm looking forward to the rest of the memories.

  2. What a great must feel bittersweet! How fun to reminisce...will be back for the rest of the story! :)

  3. What a sweet post. Loved hearing your Virginia story & I'll keep following as you finish the story! :)

  4. Sarah, how special and precious! I teared up a little at your good-bye blog. But I'm looking forward to the "Hello Oregon" and the new adventure you will encounter!! I feel so blessed to have known you and shared in the "Virginia" experience!

  5. What fun memories! I still remember meeting you for the first time at church and thinking that you and Stephen were just perfect together. :) I know this last week will be hard and full of so many emotions. Praying for you guys!

  6. Keep the memories comin' girl!! What a good way to reminisce and say farwell... it also makes me excited to think of the wonderful memories to be made out west!

  7. Awwww! Such sweet memories and pictures!

  8. this was so fun to look back on.....good times.....xoxo

  9. thanks friends for your sweet comments! These posts are taking a lot longer to do than I thought:) Partly because, when we transferred our files over from our old computer to the Mac, we didn't reorganize the pictures. . .but I am still glad that I am doing this. . .it brings back such great memories!

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