When we were in India last fall, I made a video of Oregon. I had taken pictures of downtown, of our home and our friends, and took them with us as well as other photos from our camping and hiking trips. Photos I have and usually take.
When we shared our video with the students, teachers and friends, we realized that the video was mostly about nature. A lot of the students were surprised we didn’t share more of the ‘city life.’ We are not really ‘city people.’ We live in the city, and we do enjoy what the city has to offer, but we pick and choose.
We are pretty boring by some people’s standards, but we enjoy our days. We like them mellow, and we like them filled with family time.
We’d much rather stay at home together, play a card game or parcheese, read a book, maybe watch a movie snuggled up in our bed, than going out by ourselves and have Siena and Lucas stay with our friends.
Maybe it’s the rain and long winters (or springs that look like winter) that keeps us tight.
But we like it like this. We like being out of doors.
Rain doesn’t usually keep us from going out and doing our things. You can’t if you live in Portland. There’s always a chance of rain, no matter the time of the year. And I love that. It’s what keeps everything green.
Filled with diversity.
This is what I call home.
It’s not the home where I grew up. It’s the home where I have my own family now. I’ll never be a ‘local.’ I’m actually far from being called a local. But this is where I belong now.
It’s the place where Mark and I decided it was the best place to start our family. It’s the home where we live as a family. Where we are raising our children. Where we do our day-to-day things, where we have a house, grow our own vegetables, have our friends, and volunteer. It’s the home where we laugh, learn and make memories, each day.
This is home.