My Fabulous Husband officially retires from the Pennsylvania State Office of Attorney General as their Communications Specialist. He had the awesome opportunity of working with special agents these past years who are, in my eyes, heroes. His office tracked down child predators, scammers who bilked senior citizens out of their money, unethical medical practitioners who committed fraud, and organizations in PA that are guilty of human trafficking. The PA Office of Attorney General has had a 100% conviction rate due to their impeccable detective work and diligence. His co-workers have been good to him, and to us. We are appreciative to everyone he's worked with and he will miss them very much, but a new adventure awaits us on the West Coast.
Fabulous Husband has been offered a partnership with a franchise doing what he loves - photography! The region he and his new partner have are the Central Southern Oregon Coast, Eugene and Roseburg areas. He's been wanting to see more of the Oregon, and this provides him to travel and take photos of the beautiful and varied scenery that Oregon is known for. Fabulous husband has a daughter and granddaughter in Montana, and it will be a pleasure to be closer to them. We can skip the plane flights and opt for road trips to see our families. I only wish my mother was still alive to see this and share in the joy of our return. I sorely miss her each day...
I'm looking forward to seeing more of my daughter and watching my grandson grow up. I've missed that while being so far away.
I've already been in contact with the Oregon Hearing Loss Association of America to find out where my local chapter will be. We aren't yet sure exactly which city we will be settling in at this point, and there are a few places that have no active HLAA chapters. I may have to start one up with the help of the Oregon HLAA. Having said that, I won't be doing that this autumn or winter. My number one priority is finding a home, getting our 10 year old registered with school, settling in and helping Fabulous Husband get his business underway.
We've already shipped many things out to Oregon, and we have a few more to ship yet, but the moving process has begun. There won't be much room in the motor home to take much with us, and we are taking a 3 week vacation to drive across the U.S.
I'm looking forward to revisiting some of the sights along the way that I saw with my mom when we took family road trips throughout the Southwest as I was growing up. My parents closed their business a few weeks each summer and we spent a lot of time traveling, visiting Native American dwellings, museums and national parks. It's going to be wonderful sharing these places with Fabulous Husband and Bear (our son). We'll also be touring a few places I've not been to as yet, such as Sedona, AZ and for Bear, Roswell, New Mexico. He was all over that when we started planning together the places we want to see. Fabulous Husband wants to get photos of Antelope Canyon. Those are just a few stops on our agenda.
Through this blog, I've connected with many new friends, and we plan to meet some of them in person for the first time. I can't wait!!
The only difficulty in all of this is saying goodbye to the many wonderful friends we have connected with here in Pennsylvania. My time these past 7 years has been filled with inspiring and amazing people, and they have enriched my life spiritually, artistically, and lovingly. I have been blessed with a huge number of encouragers and supporters from various walks of life and backgrounds. My heart is full of gratitude for all of them, and to God for bringing each soul across my path. My friends have contributed to my personal growth, healing and balance. I hope that I have been as much a blessing to them as they have been to me.
I will continue to blog, and as we journey toward the next phase of our life and post photos of the places we visit. There may be fewer blog posts while we continue to pack and prepare. I have the luxury of taking time to thoroughly sort and pack in an organized manner with this move and I like that.