I am a native Californian who lived most of her first 54 years primarily in San Diego County, a place I loved. When I got laid off from my job of 27 years, I thought about my expensive mortgage for a big empty house, my daughters off to college in Santa Barbara and Sonoma far away, and the mystique of New Mexico which constantly called to me.
|The San Diego house where we lived from 1992 until 2005 was a good place for kids growing up|
|Amanda at Sonoma State University|
|Visiting Mary in 2004 in Santa Barbara where she was a UCSB student|
I sold our San Diego home in 2005, despite my daughters' protests, and moved to the mountains just east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I only knew 10 people who lived in New Mexico and they lived 50 miles away on the Santo Domingo Pueblo. I soon started meeting others, including Ron, who had moved to New Mexico in 2002. We got married in January 2006 (in San Diego County, by the way) with my daughters and his daughters and sons-in-law in attendance.
|Our wedding day family picture|
|The girls together at our Sandia Park mountain home|
|Family together for Thanksgiving 2011 with Matthew|
|Thanksgiving at Mary and Matt's Colorado house, 2015|
|The beautiful canyonlands near Mary and Matt's new home in Grand Junction|
|Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, CO|
Like my husband says, it doesn't pay to try and figure out where the kids will land. His own daughters are in Ohio and Minnesota. The oldest daughter, Margaret, moved to Cleveland from Iowa this past summer for a new job. As long as we can drive or have an international airport within a short drive, we'll be seeing them wherever they are.