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Menzies are moving out

I was 19 when we moved into our current house. We moved it right when we got married, decorated it the way any 19 year old would in the year that Pinterest was created and opened all DIY possibilities haha. Over the past 8.5 years this house has been constantly evolving with our projects and slowly filled with more people.

In our first year we brought home our puppy, Sid, 2 years later, Poppy, a year after that Goldie was grown, laboured and grieved in here, and after that came Skipper! We’ve been through a lot of seasons of life and growth in this house. In a way this feels like the house I grew up in.

It hosted countless parties, dinners, and campfires. Basically we have a lot of memories here that I won’t keep rambling on about. It is also next door to my parents on one side AND my sister + her family on the other. Even though we kind of have the ultimate set up going on over here David and I are creatures of change.

We started feeling the itch for something new a year ago and played with the idea of moving somewhere new. We looked into Southern California, LA, Hawaii, Arizona, Australia (Anywhere that will turn you into a tan leathery old woman). Basically, I became obsessed with looking at house rentals in tons of areas. That we finally decided we had to stop dreaming up our own dreams worried about not making the right choice and just take the summer to be really present and pray about that next step.

We just had to let nature take its course. If it’s meant to be, it will be. Of course, we would love to be able to buy our own home in the future, but at this moment in time, looking for a rental property is the perfect option for us. It’s a shame really, as my friend pointed me in the direction of these realtors in Pasadena TX and there were some beautiful homes, and in an area that I hadn’t even considered. I think she wanted us to move closer to her if I’m being honest. And I would’ve thought about it too. But again, I just knew that this wasn’t in our future yet. Even though we wanted to move somewhere new, I just felt that this wasn’t on the cards for us. As I’ve said, if it’s meant to happen, it will.

We asked very specifically that God would show us come September where he wanted us (knowing that that place might still be right here). Much to our surprise on September first there were no lightning bolts or a loud booming voice… ;p

A week or so into the month one morning David and I both (separately) had a moment of clarity that we should be living in the city Vancouver (where we currently are apart of a church – an hour drive away). When David told me I gave a wide-eyed “me too!” and naturally started looking on Craigslist for a rental. I’ll skip the boring details but 4 days later we had a rental signed for a little 3 bedroom right in the heart of the city.

It’s going to be a major life shift for us. If you’ve seen our backyard we basically live in a park, it’s big and full of trees, ultimate privacy. The closest thing you can walk to is 15 minutes. We’re trading deer for pigeons and I will have to learn to wear a robe when walking around the house. But will also be walking distance to our church and steps away from some of our favorite spots which is exciting. We’ve never lived in a city, but we’ve always liked the idea of it so it will be a fun new adventure for all of us. The new move will be difficult for us all though. We’re so used to this house, however, it’s time for a change. After telling one of my friends the news, she told us that we should consider using a company like House Buyers of America (click here) to sell our home quickly. Apparently, that company buys your home off you to sell, whilst you move onto your next adventure. That would make the process a lot easier, so it’s something to think about.

David and I have always operated more off promptings and gut feelings than by doing things the way one is “meant” to. So when people give us the “What?! Why!” response to bringing kids into the city I feel totally fine in our decision. And I really appreciate all the encouragement we’ve gotten from people that have had a great experience as a family in a city!

and that is the story of why were moving!


  1. Tanya
    November 30, 2019 / 9:17 am

    That’s brave of you guys to just go for it even though practically speaking you were good right where you were. You will have so much fun! I have always wanted to live in the city but my husband loves space and land, so I don’t know what we’ll end up doing in the future. Right now we’ve been in our suburban house 13 years and have no intention of leaving (we both dislike the suburbs ha ha).

  2. Erin
    November 30, 2019 / 9:52 am

    I lived in Gastown for 10 years pre-kids. It’s an awesome neighbourhood, so many great restaurants and shops… but be prepared to see some wild stuff! 😉😉

    • bethanymenzel
      November 30, 2019 / 10:52 am

      Awesome!! haha yes 😉 we’re ready for the crazy.

  3. Amelia
    November 30, 2019 / 10:35 am

    What happened to Sid??

    • bethanymenzel
      November 30, 2019 / 10:52 am

      Sid was put down 2 years ago <3

  4. Sarah
    November 30, 2019 / 6:17 pm

    Lived in Gastown for 2.5 years prekids. Absolutely loved it – we’ve always lived in metropolitan areas, Los Angeles after Vancouver and then New Zealand. Now we’re back in New York and trying to do the opposite – living with more space and land with family in reach. Now missing the conveniences of city living. It’s so good to change things up and explore new spaces and areas. Life is too short to stay in the same place.

  5. Adena von Hahn
    December 3, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    Love your decision making process. Surrendering a decision to God can bring clarity. Good luck from a fellow White Rocker/ Vancouverite! 🙂

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