Progress on the Moving Process Washington to California 

So things are coming along quite well. Not to say there haven’t been bumps along the way, there has been. Today our house in Washington closed, officially. Yay!

Packing is nearly done and we now have a U-Haul until Sunday. I’m hoping this week we will be attending church in Fairfield at Liberty Church for a second time. I really enjoyed the sermon and worship last time we went. The spirit was in the house.

Unfortunately I pinched a nerve in my neck but it seems to be healing some. Ouchy. What bad timing I always seem to have?! Perhaps it’s just stress. So I try to take a deep breath and slow down my heart.

Perhaps I’ll go draw some more. That always helps. I’ve been taking a bath everyday too since I hurt my neck. The warm water soothes the tension. Taking care of yourself is a very important part of moving!

I’ve made significant progress in the editing stage of my book. As far as spelling and grammar goes I do believe I am nearly there. I have sent out a few copies to friends and family for test reading already as well. The best word I could use to describe it is, “intense.” Looking forward I hope to receive some feedback on my work.

I captured this sequence over the course of my orchids bloom life. I love watching the circle of life unfolding before my eyes. If cared for properly this plant will continue to send up spikes of blooms for many years to come. I hope she survives the move. If they do all the plants will love the extra sunshine!

My neighbor guy gave me these beautiful lilacs. They smell so fragrantly! Maybe I will put a few flowers in my bath. I gifted him these bright sunny daffodils in return. I took pictures over the course of the bloom opening.

 Overall I have many mixed feelings about moving. As much as I’m scared and anxious I am also excited. It will be interesting to see what the next stage in life will bring. I pray to “Make new friends but keep the old ones. One is silver and the other is gold.” Also I pray that God will watch after us on our journey. I am so emotional today but I’m sure everything will be ok. Thankfully my hubby understands me so well, otherwise he might have decided to leave without me! Haha. Anyways, here is to new adventures! 🍸

-Dominique Barrentine


Moving to California 

From the first time I visited California I have wanted to live there. My dear husband was raised in Redwood City, California and thinks San Francisco is the best city in the world. So when he had to opportunity to move to Fairfield we just had to go. We both knew immediately that it was the right thing to do. It was as if God opened a door and spoke clearly to us both. It is time to go.         I can’t tell you what the future holds for us. But I know it is going to be new and exciting. God has a plan on how we can serve him in the community of Fairfield. 


     When we went to Fairfield to pick out a house we visited Liberty Church. 

       This church was filled with the Holy Spirit. We could feel His presence the moment we entered the sanctuary. Jesus was near. God was in the house. I know I speak for us both when I say we were comfortable here.

     It happens to be a larger church then I am used to. Which may be a really good way to make new friends in the area. Being a multi-cultural church there was a wide variety of people there. 

     The sermon was bible based but sprinkled in tidbits of personal experience. Worship in this church was awesome. They have an excellent band, singers, and even worship dancers of all abilities. They do extensive outreach in the community and are currently looking for more volunteers. Count me in! 

      We still plan on staying in touch with the Gathering church here in Washington. I will be sending lesson sheets online to one of my helpers. Also several of the parents and teens have stepped up to help supervise on Sundays. Whenever we are in town I’m sure hubby and I will still be attending our beloved friends’ church The Gathering @ the Landing in Renton 
I was packing up some of my paintings the other day and came across this one. 

It is titled

Circular Insanity

Black charcoal and water on canvas


I couldn’t pack it properly because it’s so delicate and being a two foot square I don’t even have a large enough box if I did want to pack it. Does anyone wish to purchase it maybe?