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Not even a year ago if you would have asked me if the ‘American Dream’ could still be attained in this country I would have laughed at you.  With how hard everyone has been hit with the ‘Great Recession’ and the changes and new realities that we have all faced this idea of owning a house and raising your family within it seemed like something completely unattainable to me.  It especially seemed unattainable within anywhere worthwhile in Southern California.  The rules don’t apply here, money isn’t the same here, and that meant that owning a home was something that I never thought I could have here.

Yet, I am a week away from moving into my first house with my husband and it is all surreal to me.  Especially because of the catalyst for such a life changing decision – we’re having a baby.  God has very hilarious timing, and it wasn’t until I decided to go back to school and obtain my teaching credential did He decide that a baby was just what we needed in our lives.    It was from that one little test that my husband decided we needed a house – not another apartment.  He worked tirelessly and has suffered through some of the most contradictory and confusing paperwork and processes I’ve ever encountered.  But once we have those keys in our hands on Friday it will all be far too real.

My father commented that we will have done quite a bit of living by the end of this year.  He also said he didn’t think it was possible to still have the ‘American Dream’ anymore – but here we are…a week away from obtaining it and I couldn’t be happier, prouder, or more overwhelmed.  And I can’t wait to put away those little shoes in my son’s room…

 

 

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California Dreaming

Yep, just another epic Saturday out here in Southern California.  This photo was taken on my iPhone with the panorama app, you might notice the line – I’m still new at it – don’t judge so hard!  😉

This is the view from my parent’s back yard.  Hence my love of photography, especially of sunsets.  How could you not love sunset photography when THIS is what you grew up with every day?

Stay warm all my friends Back East!  LOL!

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Wildflowers in SCV

Giant Lupine field by my house

There’s something you need to understand about southern California – we don’t have seasons.  Well – let me rephrase that…we have two seasons.  We have Fire Season, and we have Rain Season.  This thing the rest of the nation calls “Autumn” – what is that?  This interesting idea of being snowed in…yeah that doesn’t really happen here either.

What does happen is that it rains and rains and rains in these long spurts of mega storms that the local news tells us is important by the invention of their headline “STORM WATCH-insert year”.  We need the rain – we really, really do, but most SoCal residents hate the rain.  It makes everyone crazy when they drive, and we turn into regular Wicked Witches of the West.  Hmmm…guess that actually makes sense now that you think about it.  She hated water…we hate water.

But soon after Rain Season is over Fire Season starts right up.  The moment that things start to dry out, a wind kicks up and suddenly everything is on fire.  Everything! Usually we’re talking about fires big enough to be seen from SPACE.  And I’m sure the astronauts are laughing at us.  Yet, unlike Rain Season we know how to deal with Fire Season.

We know when we wake up and the sun is orange – fire somewhere.  We know when the sunset looks absolutely breathtaking – fire somewhere.  We know that when one fire starts – there will be a fire somewhere else.  They just multiply from wind, and dry brush, and crazy pyro-maniacs that think one raging wildfire just isn’t enough.

But last year…it rained enough to crop up a nice spread of wildflowers, like this field by my house:

And as I was driving past it this evening I started to see the budding of perhaps another lovely crop of wildflowers.  So here’s hoping that this year, due to the ungodly amount of rain and snow we had, that with the drought over, all the mountainsides will be covered in majestic flowers…until the fire devours them.

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