When we were house hunting in 2015, we knew we wanted a neighborhood with other little kids. We wanted somewhere that felt safe so kids could run around and it wouldn’t be a scary thing. Spokane has lots of great pockets and neighborhoods but when we came across this neighborhood in the South Hill and were instantly met by the “next-door neighbors”, we knew it was a great place. Lots of sweet kids, places to run around and ride bikes, and great neighbors. Clint and I really believe in the idea that it “takes a village” and we wanted a neighborhood that felt like a village.

I think we hit the jackpot.

I love watching out kids play with and grow alongside so many other kids. Ten years from now I hope I remember how Eleanor’s butt wiggled while she tried to peddle her trike. I wonder what kind of friendship or rivalry she’ll have with the boy across the street. As a parent, it’s the ultimate joy watching your kid foster bonds with lifelong friends. I imagine what life will be like in 5, 10, 15 years. Who we will see on Christmas reunions and friends we’ll support through graduations and proms.

I moved a lot as a kid. I never had a neighborhood like this. So it really means a lot to me that my kids get a beautiful place like this to grow up and I’ll never take it for granted.

“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” – Winnie the Pooh


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