In 1999, I remember rolling up into your gray, rainy skies thinking how can I quickly get to some sunshine? Who knew that I would spend eleven great years in the Emerald City? At 26, I would have never guessed the days before me.
I found a great community of believers at The City Church which led me to meet the most handsome man in the universe. I inherited a new family who loved me unconditionally and made every holiday extremely special. I met many dear friends who touched my heart, inspired me and helped me become a better girl, lady and now mother.
Every time I see a Starbucks which is often. I will remember you. It is almost like a piece of home is following me everywhere. I will always love those two spectacular months of the year called summer where there is no place more beautiful that your lush green trees, shining lakes and magnificent mountains.
I learned so many lessons over the years on how to become a good friend, how to be myself, how to live by my convictions and beliefs and how not to settle for what was put before me. I felt like I came as a twenty –something chick and left as a thirty-something woman.
You were truly a defining moment for me in my life. I will visit often and I am so grateful for the time I spent living near your beauty.
P.S. Here are a few of my memorable goodbyes.