When I was 21, I moved to the Chicago area for no other reason than to be roomies with a good friend from college. I had no job, little money, and a little Saturn car that somehow made the road trip from Oregon to Illinois. I stayed in the Chicago area for 2 1/2 years which surprised me since I was extremely homesick the entire time I was there. I finally sold my furniture and my little Saturn and moved home to Oregon in the fall of 2004.
Christmas 2005, 5 months after we met
A month in to job searching I got a call from a recruiter who worked for the same company I had just left in Chicago. She wanted to know if I would be interested in doing the same thing I had been doing in Chicago, only I would be doing it in Seattle. I hesitated. I just got home after being away from home since my freshman year of college and I really didn't want to leave. But, I wasn't really sure of where to go next and since this position was just a temporary fill-in for a girl going on maternity leave, I agreed. I packed up again and headed north, this time in my parents' Toyota Avalon. I stayed with friends of a friend for the first month or so, then moved in to an Extended Stay hotel. I missed home (and having a stove) and would drive the 3 1/2 hours to Portland every single weekend.
February 2006, Kerry Park in Seattle
We were married October 2006 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club - the same place Tiger Woods won his unprecedented 3rd consecutive Amateur title. I used to be proud of that fun fact regarding our wedding site.
Happy Valentine's Day, my love!