Where did you grow up? How did it impact you and your choices on raising your family?
Scott and I are both Navy brats. We chose to move quite a bit before we met and married. In the first three years of our marriage (which we’ll celebrate in a few weeks), we’ve moved four times.
For now, we’re settled. We like it. We have big plans, yet, we have a home. A spot we adore. A place for which we’ve looked for more than our combined married life.
We’re at peace with where we are. We adore raising our family here.
- The water. We both love life near the water. The ocean is less than a mile from our home. We can walk or drive there when we like or “just ’cause…”
- Lots of land. Our place has a big piece of land for our area. Susanna can run and climb for hours. There’s immense potential. The quiet of it is amazing.
- Small town. We are okay living far, far from a big city and any city in fact. We have come to embrace that the people here like us and we like them. It’s heart warming to walk into a store and see people’s faces light up when we greet them or they greet us.
- A great pool. It might be small, but it’s close. It has all that we need and we like it.
- Resourcefulness and independence. Our children are learning to be resourceful and independent. Susanna will contentedly play at the beach for hours (til we drag her away…) or will climb on driftwood in the yard, creating games and challenging her body. We use all that we find at the beach, and we talk about it.
- Self sufficiency. We clam, we fish, we crab, and we eat it. We use what we grow and we sample away from the outside. Soon (within a year or two) we’ll have thriving blackberry plants so we’ll be able to eat more from our own yard.
- Incredible neighbors. We know they exist and they know us. We respect each other’s boundaries and time, and also understand that if anything…anything is needed, all one has to do is call or ask.
So what led us here from our past? Most likely it was a combination of being Navy brats where the water welcomed us, of our own desires to be independent and resourceful, and seeking a spot to feel at “home” after so many, many moves.
For us, the beauty of the PNW is incredible. Family is close, but we have our own spot. As writers, the ever changing world of the ocean and coast with the Olympic Mountains visible is awesome.
How does your area impact how you are raising your child(ren) or will raise your family? If you could raise your family anywhere, where would it be and why?