Our Boise Trip

Nathan has been traveling to Boise for work pretty regularly for well over the past year, so I was eagerly looking forward to visiting the city with him last week.

Boise reminded me of my beloved college town, Iowa City. They both have lots of farm-to-table style restaurants, good coffee shops, university students, bookstores, bicycle lanes, and kind people. All good things.

We visited Nathan’s favorite coffee shop, District, every day.

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We went for a beautiful drive through Sawtooth National Forest.

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…saw the coolest mint colored bushes ever.

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I had the most delicious superfood salad from Bleubird. Also, the reviews about the sodas there are completely true. If I lived here, I would try them all, but since I only had the chance to try one, I’ll recommend the grapefruit rosemary one. I have a smile on my face just thinking about it.

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…rented a couple bicycles and relished the fresh air rushing past our skin.

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…watched Lars & The Real Girl. This has got to be one of my top ten favorite films.

…ate some made-from-scratch pasta.

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Afterwards I discovered my new favorite dessert: vanilla gelato with espresso poured over it (also called affogato).

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…a leisurely hike through the hills.

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…stumbled upon a lovely swimming area up in the mountains. It was beautiful and COLD. Nathan was brave enough to go all the way under, but I didn’t dare.

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Just in case you’re mistakenly thinking, wow, they sure were busy, I assure you that we took our fair share of naps, too. 🙂

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{the last sliver of sunset from the plane}

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Saying goodbye is an almost weekly thing for us. I have keenly felt God’s strength and compassion as we navigate traveling for work and being newly married, but that doesn’t mean it stops being hard. And it probably goes without saying that it was hard to say bye when I flew back. All the positive perspectives in the world can’t save you from feeling sad when you leave someone you love.

God’s love for me doesn’t mean that he’ll shield me from the emotions I wish not to feel. Instead, he promises that he’ll be with me in them. That doesn’t mean that all of my emotions are justified or true, but that God meets me in the present moment no matter how joyful or broken I am. I am so thankful for the promise of God’s presence in our goodbyes. And I am thankful for Thursdays when Nathan flies home.

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