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The blog of Elias & Theresa Carlson



We apologize for the silence these days. Some of you may know that we recently made a quick move from Long Beach to Priest River, Idaho, the town where I grew up. This was not in the plans, not yet at least. We knew that some day we would settle down near my parents in the forests of North Idaho, but this was more of a five year plan, we thought.

We found out at Christmas that my Dad’s cancer had returned and the prognosis is not good. We decided instantly that it was time to move back. We took a week to head back to Long Beach with Andrea (my sister) and pack up our things. We loaded our cars, lined up a truck to bring the rest of our belongings and said goodbye to our dear friends in Southern California.

Andrea now lives in her childhood bedroom and Elias has joined me in mine. It is a tight fit as we squeeze ourselves and our belongings into a space that was made for two young girls, not two women and a man. But we need to be here. We need to spend this time with our Dad, as short or as long as this time is.

We are excited for this new season and look forward to all it has to hold. We have looked forward to the day that we will live here and have dreamed of having a yard, a small garden, maybe even some chickens (if Elias gets his way). We are excited to experience all of the seasons to their fullest; snow, sun, and rain. We are excited to hike and to camp and to be near some new places. This will be hard but we know it will also be incredible in ways we can’t even imagine.

Things might be slow around here for a while as we adjust to our new surroundings and extremely slow internet. We appreciate those of you who keep checking in on us as we settle in, and we hope to bring you beautiful pieces of our new life. We appreciate as many prayers as you are willing to send our way.

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4 Responses

  1. Katie

     /  February 4, 2015

    You are all in my prayers daily, and we three daughters are blessed to have dads who set such an amazing example in our lives for gentleness and generosity. I really admire your dad, much in the same way I admire mine. You are in my heart.

  2. Wrapping you all in prayers. I’m so sorry for the upheaval and so glad you can be with your dad. Praying for amazing, cherished times together, for healing, for peace and comfort. So much love to you all.

  3. Carlsons,

    While we are at the most acquaintances, Elias a former co-worker, I have really enjoyed reading you blog from time to time and have really been inspired by the model you present to younger people such as myself. I am really sorry to hear about this unfortunate news and pray that God continues to move in both of your lives as you seek him daily. Excited and expectant to see how he continues to use you. Blessed to have a tiny window into your lives.

    All the Best

  4. audrey

     /  February 6, 2015

    BRAVE BEAUTIES….all of you. praying always. see you soon. xx

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