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There are no words to express how happy I am to be back in the Northwest, or how grateful I am, to be around the majority of my family during the holidays (Miss you, Mom and Dad, and your sunshiney holidays!)

Just over five years ago, the Viking and I put together a 5 year plan for promoting his career. We applied for positions to climb the IT corporate ladder, and moved where the job opportunities would take us - first to Western Massachusetts, then two years later, to SE Arizona. 

Through a lot of hard work on his part, and a lot of support on mine (and a lot of tolerance on the part of the Valkyrie, who's put up with cross-country moves, school changes, leaving friends behind and in general a pair of crazy parents) we've come full circle. As soon as we sell the house in Arizona, our last "loose end" will be tied up, and we'll be ready to settle long-term back into life in the NW.

It's been an awesome adventure. we've seen things we never expected to...

We've seen the Naked Cowboy performing in Time Square, and wild tarantulas crossing lone desert highways.

Black bears and javelina have ravaged our garbage cans on opposite corners of the country.

We've explored Central Park, The Atlantic shore and the Chiricahua Desert.

We've weathered Nor'easters and monsoons and that delicate sprinkling of snow in the desert that somehow seems all the more magical for its elusive nature.

We fostered raccoon kits, raised rats, adopted (And re-homed) some awesome puppies, lost family members (Rogue, my cat, and the three rat-girls) and gained another one (Geisha, our new kitty).

Perhaps most importantly, we've made friends on our travels, all across the continent, and through the wonders of the Internets, around the globe.

It's been a grand adventure, but we're very glad to be back home, especially at this time of year.

And, from all of us, to all of you - I offer my traditional holiday wishes...

(Lyrics by John Denver, from the John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together album)

I don't know if you believe in Christmas
Or if you have presents underneath the Christmas tree
But if you believe in love
That will be more than enough
For you to come and celebrate with me

For I have held the precious gift that love brings
Even though I never saw a Christmas star
I know there is a light
I have felt it burn inside
And I have seen it shining from afar

Christmas is the time to come together
A time to put all differences aside

And I reach out my hand
To the family of Man

To share the joy I feel at Christmas time

For the truth that binds us all together
I would like to say a simple prayer
That at this special time
You will have true peace of mind
And love to last throughout the coming year

And if you believe in love
That will be more than enough
For peace to last throughout the coming year

And peace on earth will last throughout the year


A Merry Merry Christmas to you and your familia! I'm happy you've made the circle and gone "home" again.
I also wish you all a very happy new year!
I am glad you guys are all snuggled back home :) I am also happy that the journey you took brought you out here to us. My life can be nothing but richer for knowing all of you. Merry Christmas dear. *hug*
Happy Holidays from all of us here. It's good that you are back here in Northwest.
Happy Holidays, Jess. Give the Viking and the Valkyrie hugs from us.

Carmen and Wade
So glad you're back! Have a great holiday season, and then onward!
Hugs to all.
Glad to hear that you're moving back to "home"! Just wanted to wish a happy holiday on behalf of both Lainn and I.
Love you.
Thrilled to pieces that you're home again.
I can hardly wait to see you and the family! Much Love! Ka
Happy Holidays! I've missed your regular updates on LJ.

Is it possible for the Viking to set up a cross-posting system?

So glad your travels have ended and you are back where you want to be.
Welcome home!
Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Happy Christmas to you and yours, dear!
Merry Christmas! Alas, I am no longer in the green green NW to welcome you, having decamped for SoCal, but I will still offer my earnest felicitations on your return. :-)