Today I am linking up with the Influence Network to share a little about where I'm from & where I lay my head each night.
Home has taken on a lot of forms over the last twenty-some years...
For the first two years of my life, Santa Barbara, California was home.
Then due to a new job, my dad moved us up to central Oregon and over the next sixteen years, Bend was home. There were ups & downs - the good: receiving an younger brother; and the bad: my parents divorce. While I learned a lot while I lived in Bend and it will always hold a special place in my heart, after my mom moved back to California after I got married, it never held the same "home" feeling.
After Bend, I went on to attend college at in Newberg, Oregon. For the next four years, I called Newberg home and my new friends family. I've said it before, but I have no regrets about my time at George Fox University and the best part, hands down, was meeting my husband, Sam!
Between college and getting married, I moved back to Bend for a year to work & plan my wedding.
After our wedding day, I moved to Salem, Oregon to finally be in the same city as Sam! (Sidenote: for the whole time we were dating, we only lived in the same town for a couple months)
And that's where we've been for the last five years.
Looking back on all the homes I've had throughout my life, I've come to realize what so many already have - it's not the place that makes a home, but the people you share it with.