I return to Oregon on May 20 ... for the rest of the year. When I return, I will call Maui home year round. I am so grateful to be able to choose which picture perfect place to call home.
The hard part will be missing big moments in Kate's family's lives. Yet many grandparents are long distance so we will make the most of it. They are keeping the office available for my "hotel room" when I do come to visit, which I hope will be 4-5 times a year. And the boys love Facetime (although Deacon just wants to hug me on the phone).
Life here is ramping up. I've committed to volunteering with Na Hoaloha (similar to a Village). My hope is to "adopt" a senior for a weekly friendship as I did on my own in Portland. It was a fast and fabulous friendship for 20 years.
The best way to meet people is to simply smile. Then speak! We met Hanna and Emre at Starbucks a few years ago and I am still Facebook friends with them, and the occasional email. This also works at the beach (Pam and Carl!) And of course, right here in the neighborhood (thanks Julie)
The BEST part of heading to Oregon for a long stretch is having some GREAT friends come housesit for me! For six months!!! Leilani and Gary owned a home in this neighborhood for several years but due to some major health challenges, decided to move back to Alabama for specialized care. We met over the big political issue (free roaming cats!) and became close friends.
While getting here is a big challenge, the fact that they have worked out so many details to be able to stay for an extended visit is a miracle. That was meant to be. Now I have no worries on this end.
Thanks Maui friends for making my choice just that much easier. Coming at you Portland friends ... then you must come vacation here at the Kihei Kottage!