So of course right after we had hung up the last photo/painting/print in our brand-new-to-us 2 bedroom, an amazing opportunity would pop up for our little family to move (again!). This time not to another city around the bay, and not because we have been priced out (though, in a big way we ARE being priced out of the bay), but because we are finally able to take a big leap forward, up the coast, and back home to… Seattle!!
I’ve been holding my breath for over a month, not able to say a word publicly (which I am TERRIBLE at, just terrible!) about Kamel’s new job opportunity at Microsoft (yay!), and our new family opportunity to be in a place where Gabe will be surrounded by grandparents and aunties and actual seasons. But now here I am, able to finally say: We are moving away from the Bay Area after my 6 years and Kamel’s 11 and we are off to Seattle, where I grew up and where all of my family is and where I’ve been trying and trying and trying to get back to a la Odysseus.
And here we are… apartment hunting this weekend, and having all of our belongings (even our car) packed up and shipped out next week! We fly in on the 20th, into the welcome, crazy arms of all of the Christmas hubub!
I feel like the last pages (in a giant book that lives only in my imagination) of this major chapter are slowly but decisively flipping closed. My California life – with 70 degree Marches and Novembers, endless time spent on the 101, vineyards, Yosemite, where I met Kamel, where we got engaged, the beginnings of our marriage, the birth of my first child, where I finished my education, met some amazing amazing people, and established a tiny slice of my career – is now ending. A great big PNW future is beginning.
The new year is bringing us new travel, new adventure, a new home, a new(ish) city, new jobs (not yet nailed down for me), and new unknowns. I am continually honored for the opportunity to share all of this with you. I finally get to go home.