As many of you know, I grew up in a small town in South Dakota. (And when I use the word small, I mean one-traffic-light-kind-of-small…) I had one of those simple upbringings that is likely impossible to recreate in 2018, no matter where you live. I am incredibly grateful for days in this prairie town that taught me how to work hard bailing hay, enjoy homemade ice cream on the back porch with cousins, and go to church on Wednesday nights and Sundays.

I went home recently to visit my mom and dad. I guess you could say I had a yearning to see the plains and spend time with my folks all by myself. It’s no small feat to get to Wagner, South Dakota, but after a couple of plane rides ending at big and small airports, and a rental car and several hours on the road, I walked into my mother’s kitchen, and I was once again overwhelmed with the sense of home.

What’s interesting is that I didn’t walk into a home I was familiar with – I’d never stepped foot into this particular place; it was my parents new one-level, downsized townhome. But seeing my dad in his easy chair, my mom standing over the stove cooking the same meals that she has for decades, and framed pictures hanging on the wall of times gone by, all evoked memories of home. And when I crawled into bed later that night underneath a time-worn quilt, the unfamiliar walls around me didn’t matter. I was home.

I recently worked with some friends who made a decision to let go of the big house and downsize, and they couldn’t be happier. I’ve found an adorable home for a first-time homebuying couple, and I’ve enjoyed working with another single young woman who has inspired me with her determination and work ethic that have led her to purchase her first home.

No matter what season of life you’re in- time to downsize, time to upsize, time to stop renting- let me know if I can help. And in the meantime, this is just a good reminder that no matter where we live, it’s not the walls that make the memories; it’s the people inside. And this Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for each and every one of mine!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,