I was raised on the other side of the country. I did life there for 23 years and I loved it. Then I moved to Southern California, the other side of earth. Atleast it felt like it at the time. It took me awhile to adjust to California life, especially Southern California life. But I embraced it. Looking back I can say that I have transformed into a California girl and I love it! And I love that I love it! Of course I’ll always be a midwest girl at heart (pop will is still called pop, not soda or coke). But I like the “Cali” flare I have picked up. I am thankful for how God has used my time in California. I grew up a lot in the last 9 years, became a wife and a mom. I now know that I needed distance and space for God to grow me into the woman I am today. Now after 9 years almost to the date I am moving back to my roots. I am sad to leave the state I have grown to love. But I am excited to go back and to take my family with me. I am thankful for this unexpected door that has been opened for us and thankful for the opportunity to share my California flare with my midwest family and friends.