Six years makes for a hell of a pit stop.

That's how long we've lived in Colorado. Six years. Not long in the big scheme of things, but long enough to make a difference.

And this little hippie, mountain view town is all my kids have known. They were two and four when we arrived. They learned to ride their bikes here. Made friends. Started school. Had too many Halloweens and birthdays and Christmas trees for any of us to bother tallying. And all of a sudden, six years isn't near long enough. There's still so much yet to see and do and love.

In my adult life, I've lived in Texas, Hawaii, Virginia, and Colorado. All beautiful places in their own right. Colorado was different. Colorado felt like home. I could settle here. Grow old here. But... Is it Colorado or the fact I've had six years to integrate, connect, fall in love? After all, it wasn't just my kids who grew here. I discovered my passion for writing. Stumbled upon the magic that snow sparkles like a million crystals and glows like daylight at night. I've been within feet of families of deer. Found my favorite coffee shops and book stores. Parks. Running routes. I endured and overcame a head injury. If it was only the time spent here and not the place, I'm grateful just the same.

So, we move on. To Vermont.

And, I plea to all that is good and right in the world that I never have to have another conversation like we had last night. Telling our girls we were leaving is, by far, one of the hardest things I've ever had to experience. Those tears were real. All our tears were. We cried for the unknown. For loss. For Colorado.

Soon after, though, there were smiles and what ifs and little wisps of hope and intrigue for the adventure to come.

So, here's to the journey. To possibility. To new love. To finding home.

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  1. Wow! I can honestly say that you will love Vermont. So many of the things you love about CO will be there waiting for you - beautiful scenery, wildlife, parks, hippies, coffee shops, and that ugly four letter word S-N-O-W. I've never been to Colorado, but I think VT's beauty is more intimate, smaller scale, cozier. Now I kinda wish we still lived in Maine, because we'd almost be neighbors. We could have a get together with Pat E :) Your girls will be fine too, and they'll learn the valuable lesson that home is where family is and that change can be exciting, inspiring, and only a little bit scary. xxx

    1. Awww, thanks Rhiann <3 I had that thought too, that if we'd just made this move a few years earlier we'd have been neighbors! ;) xo

  2. i know you will make vermont your new home in no time. it's scary but if anyone can do it, you can!

  3. I stand in awe of the beautiful writer you have become! Heartfelt. ....can feel the tears all the way in Texas.

  4. The best to you on your journey and may you find your heart pulled toward your new home as it now pulls for the old. I know how you feel and understand how hard it can be to move around. I was serving in the military for most of my children's formative years. It was great that we were able to live all over the world but we lacked the ability to really call any single place home as we moved about every two years.

    Again, the best to you and, Keep this blog going, won't you?

    1. I will indeed. Thanks for reading JL :)

  5. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
    Walt Disney
    Good luck. I think you will all LOVE it!

  6. Colorado will miss you-- and I agree, I've been here for over 25 years and it feels like home to me now. But honestly? And don't tell the other Coloradans this, but I get the itch to move on sometimes. ;) Enjoy Vermont. That would be a great state to live in, and just think, your falls will be more than golden aspens!

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