For The Love Of New Orleans

I love New Orleans. The city many refer to as the Big Easy is known for her food, music, architecture, and much more. My love for New Orleans comes a surprise to many. In a way, I guess it came as a surprise to me, too.

New Orleans, NOBTS

When we moved there in late summer of 1989, I’d never even been to New Orleans (unless you count driving through in the middle of the night to get to the airport). Growing up I knew it as “sin city” and never in a million years thought I’d be living there one day. But I loved it from day one.

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As 22 year old newlyweds, we were ready for an adventure but couldn’t have imagined all that God would do in and through us during the five years we lived there. There were lots of joys and sorrows, challenges and disappointments but He was right in the middle of it all. Many of our grandest memories were made with friends who became family as we went to school, worked, and ministered alongside some of the most wonderful people we’ve ever known. We are thankful to have kept in touch with many of them through the years.

New Orleans continues to be one of our favorite places to visit. Last year I was invited to speak at Metairie Baptist Church’s Women’s Tea so we jumped at the chance to take the kids and explore the city. They loved it, too.

New Orleans, Riverwalk, Mississippi River, vacation

Maddie requested that we go back to New Orleans this year for her senior trip. We planned our trip for the last week in March so we were able to celebrate Maddie’s birthday while we were there. Unfortunately, the college kids couldn’t make it this time.

I took lots of pictures while we were there and wanted to share them with you. I decided to spread them out over several posts. Here are a  few more for today.

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When we lived in New Orleans, our apartment was about 15 minutes from the French Quarter and 5 minutes from Lake Pontchartrain. We spent lots of time at the lakefront watching the sailboats and the sunsets. There’s just something about the lake.

sailboat and familysunset

We saw something on this trip we’d never seen before at the lakefront.

alligator

eric and stacy at lakefront

We’ve changed a little bit since 1989 but we’ll always love this city.

In later posts, I’ll share pictures of our food and coffee adventures, the street music we love, Jackson Square, and our view from the Mississippi River.

Thanks so much sharing a few minutes of your day with me. Have you ever been to New Orleans? Love it or not? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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One Response to For The Love Of New Orleans

  1. Britta May 2, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    Oh friend! I have had to most tumultuous month, which included two stays in New Orleans due to Momma having a surgery (she’s fine now) and one stay in Birmingham! I am sorry I didn’t call when I was so close to you, but we were crazy-busy house hunting and trying to keep up with homeschool.

    Seeing your pictures today makes me a little teary-eyed. I love New Orleans too! I miss it and want to share it again and again with my kiddos. Our family is there. And a little piece of our hearts is there too. But when we were in Birmingham, my Abba Father was kind to reveal to us that Birmingham really will feel like home when we get there (just 76 days till we leave beautiful, sunny Arizona on this next adventure). Isn’t is so crazy and mixed-up how all these places we have lived can form our mosaic of “home”?

    Love you! Can’t wait to be close enough to meet you for coffee!!