It’s Friday, and that means I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo (aka The Gypsy Mama) for another one of her Five-Minute Friday prompts. Just write, for five minutes, without going back to edit or revise (ok, I did add in the links afterwards). Her topic today is “A Few of My Favorite Things.” Ready? Set?
We’ve lived here in Southern California for five years now. Moving when Cora was 6-weeks-old; was it really so long ago?! That baby girl has grown into a ready-for-kindergarten little lady.
When we first got here everything felt so unfamiliar, so different from the Northwest. Gone were the evergreens and “the mountain” peeking out on a clear day. In its place I had rolling hills that were mostly brown, except in those few weeks of Spring and rain each April. Palm trees, beaches and sparkly sidewalks became my new surroundings.
The unfamiliar made me ache for home, for family and safe.
God told me to put down roots.
I learned to love those springtime hills, the brilliancy of the green against the bright blue sky. We discovered birthday pizookies at BJ’s, and the best pizza in the O.C. at Brooklyn Pizza Works. I found fast food I’d actually eat at In-n-Out and Chick-fil-a.
Before you believe that my favorite things are all food…I also discovered the family that God surrounded us with at our church; aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents for our babies to fill the void of their relatives in Washington. A group of college kids, freshmen all those years ago, tugged at our hearts and empty our cupboards each week.
Our kids have had so many firsts and milestones in this community. Fourth of July meant the County Fair in Pioneer Park, Halloween was the church harvest festival and trick-or-treating in the cottages behind our apartment. Memory upon memory has built up altars, remembrances, within my heart.
But it’s time to go home. To the evergreens, Mt. Rainer and family.
Yes…the Brothertons are returning to the Northwest!*