The Oregon Moving Trail: Giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winner is Jen Shipley. 

Contrary to the extensive worries of my mother, I managed to drive halfway across the country alone without dying, being abducted, or otherwise coming to harm. And contrary to my somewhat more realistic concern, I managed to do so without getting hopelessly lost along the way. To celebrate the not insignificant accomplishment of moving from Texas to Oregon, I am hosting another giveaway!


The giveaway is for this pair of earrings that I picked up in Arizona. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling me about a major change you have made in your life. Or about the craziest thing you have ever done. Or just say that you want to win the earrings. 🙂 Entries will be accepted through midnight Pacific time on Saturday September 27 and a randomly chosen winner will be announced on Sunday September 28. Good luck!

I cannot wait to share more about my move to Oregon, the amazing things I saw along the way, and how I kept myself and sort of kept my dog from going crazy during the long and lonely drive (seriously, have you ever seen Nevada?)!

11 thoughts on “The Oregon Moving Trail: Giveaway”

  1. Around Christmas last year, my entire department was laid off because of a bank merger. The adjustment has had its highs and lows along the way, but I’ve taken it as an opportunity to learn to cook, travel and do other things I never had time to do 🙂

  2. I just want to win!!! Seriously, reading about your adventures encourages me to get through mine. I’m not sure if you know or not, but you are quite the inspiration and thanks for your wonderfully penned (typed) words!!! 😉

  3. I say pick me because 1. I love the earrings and 2. I am from Arizona. Loved reading this one too. I have to admit I was worried just like your mother about your travels especially when I saw the picture of when you were going to look at the stars. The town looked a little spooky. I will say however, when my kids were small I would drive to Arizona to visit family…I didn’t have a cell phone, not sure if I had a credit card and had cash to get there and get back. You did what you had to do to see family. Love you!

    1. Thankfully, I made it to Oregon safe and sound 🙂 Although I had a cell phone, I am pretty sure it didn’t work through most of Nevada 😉 Love you, too!

  4. I’ve had a couple of changes in my life but the biggest “leap of faith” was to move from Arkansas to China 7 years ago. Moving to Jingzhou, China was a scary, exciting and very rewarding decision. I now can’t imagine what my life would be like without the struggles and happiness that China has brought to me and my family!

  5. Cora – I was never as adventuresome as you but I did drive from to Denver, Colorado to Pocatello, Idaho by myself – 13 hours for a weekend. I bet Nevada was really hot, lonely, flat, tiresome, and somewhat boring. If you travel through Wyoming to Pocatello all you will see is sagebrush and it is somewhat flat but very boring. It seems like it goes on forever. I was 19 years old and halfway through the trip I took a nap at a rest stop because I couldn’t stay awake. It wasn’t too hot to have my windows cracked but I was still scared. When I finally arrived home I felt relief and really proud of myself for overcoming my fears. Now as a mother and more aware of what is out there I would truly reconsider my decision. In our youth we just never think about the evil that is around us. I am truly thankful you made it without anything happening to you. This post is not to fill you with fear but maybe you girls need to take some self defense courses. Or maybe I need to stop being afraid. I love you sweetie. Take a big breath of that Northwest clean, dry air for me. Hugs from Aunt Wynne

    1. That sounds like quite the drive! I think for me I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t want fear to be something that drives my decisions, but I know it is also important to balance that with appropriate caution! Love you, too 🙂

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