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