Tell Me Something Good – Flexibility and Support

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it’s been quite the week, hasn’t it? i am pulling hard on gratitude otherwise i can very easily be pulled into the dark depths of the sadness that our world can contain. i am grateful to be writing this post while eating fresh fruit and staring at the emerald green coast of panama city beach, florida while we visit ravery’s parents.

my tell me something good this week also has to do with them!

florida with in laws

(picture from when we were here in october, when my skin was still my friend and not my enemy. we also decided during this trip that we would be moving from oregon to colorado)

are you ready for it?

they are leaving their beachfront property and moving to colorado at the end of next month!!! that’s right, they are moving their whole lives to be close to this little grandbaby that is brewing!

this is the view from their balcony of where we eat breakfast:

pcb florida breakfast

it has been such a fun and positive experience these past few months to have immediate access to my parents so i know adding them to the mix will enhance it all the more! not only that, but since my mother-in-law is newly retired (hoooray, congrats mama A) she has offered to take care of our baby as much or as little as we want/need! how amazing is that?! i’m sure my father-in-law will be right there with her for the majority too – we are so lucky and do not take this lightly!

my in-laws are people of action. many people might say “oh i’d love to live on the beach” but few actually do it. three years ago they took action on their big dream and made living on the beach a reality – something i really admire about them. the minute we said we were having a baby, they said “oh we are moving to wherever you are!” (if you haven’t watched the video where we tell my mother-in-law i’m pregnant, it’s right here and you should because her reaction is SO good!)

i am so grateful that they have the means, flexibility and desire to move andΒ support us as this next chapter for us unfolds. now ravery and i just need to convince our sisters to move to colorado too πŸ˜‰ we feel so grateful that our daughter will get to grow up with all of her grandparents so close!

oh and one more very good thing – yesterday my grandparents officially celebrated their 60th wedding annivery! we had a party to celebrate them over christmas, where they revealed their perfect advice for being married 60 years!Β we are also grateful that our kid will have the best great-grandparents too. happy anniversary nana and papa!



there is still a lot of goodness all around. it’s important we keep sight of this and bring it to the forefront of our minds and lives.

what goodness do you have around you today?


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  1. Audrey

    June 17, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I grew up with my grandparents close by, too πŸ™‚ My mom’s parents actually moved her from Chicago when I was a kid to be closer to us! I definitely had a different experience than my friends who didn’t have family close. Yay for flexible, selfless parents!!
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    • chelsea

      June 17, 2016 at 9:45 am

      oh that makes me so happy to hear that you grew up near your grandparents! yay! i always saw my grandparents at least 4 times a year and we are incredibly close but i think it will add an extra special bond to grow up so close. yay for flexible, selfless parents!

  2. Ashley

    June 17, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Oh that is so sweet that they are going to move to Colorado! That makes me so happy for you guys πŸ™‚

    • chelsea

      June 17, 2016 at 9:47 am

      yay it’s ashley!!! i’ve missed you!!! we are pretty darn happy and feel quite fortunate! hope you are doing well πŸ™‚

  3. Nina @ Hugs and Lattes

    June 17, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Gratefulness is the well that bubbles up in our hearts and keeps us sane! I tried to make that poetic. Needs work. Anyway, yay about your in-laws! I have a good friend whose in-laws babysit her baby overnight on Fridays so she can have some intentional date night time with her husband. How awesome is that?!

    • chelsea

      June 22, 2016 at 7:29 am

      too right you are about those bubbles, nina! it does make us sane (and you are totally a poetic). love that your friend takes advantage of having her in-laws close so she can spend intentional date time with her husband – yay!

  4. Vivien

    June 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    What wonderful news and what a great family you have that not only can but without hesitation make such a change! I daresay your daughter will have all her grandparents and relatives lining up to help take care of her especially if you and Ryan need a little downtime πŸ™‚

    • chelsea

      June 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

      i am already counting on that down time like whoooa πŸ™‚ we feel very lucky that we do indeed have family that make a change and are so excited to be involved! crazy how quickly life can change!

  5. Rachel G

    June 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Wow!! That’s so nice that you’ll have both sets of parents so close by! When we were in Michigan, we were far away from all of our family–we were happy about moving to Malaysia so that we could at least be close to my parents, especially for when we have kids, but of course that means being even farther from Angel’s parents. Sometimes the world is kinda big!
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    • chelsea

      June 22, 2016 at 7:28 am

      it is going to be so so nice! you are right that sometimes this world is a big place and it’s not as though international travel is affordable! glad you are near your family and hopefully angel’s family can visit every once in a while or you all can head back!

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