The last day of summer 2011 was a few days back and it only took one day for the weather to change to the "normal" northwest fall. Blustery winds, grey skies, and rain. Oh the normalcy of it all! It's good to be back in our Vancouver house and see how our yard has changed over the past few years. It's amazing how quickly things grow.
This red maple in our front yard started out around three feet tall nine years ago and here it is today.
It's also good to be around some old friends. Last Saturday, our neighbors Dave and Floreen Clark, had a mystery welcome home dinner at their house. This is a role playing who-done-it murder mystery that includes dinner, mayhem, and wine...of course. Bill and Jackie Woods, and Shane and Duane Yokum rounded out the group.
Of course there are more changes occurring in our family. Our oldest son, Nathan, graduated from nursing school last December and accepted a position at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington (about two hours north of our Vancouver house). Here Nathan is driving a UHAUL truck with his family's belongings to their new home in Tacoma.
I'm reminded that Changes are always around us and is an important constant in our lives. Just like the weather, growing things, and the good people around us.