Stronk Clan. My mother’s sister and family live about 3.5 hours south of here in the beautiful community called West Linn. Some of my fondest childhood memories involved road trips to spend time at their lovely riverfront home. The Willamette River taught me at an early age that if something was bothering me, I could only hang on to it for as long as it was in my sight. Once the river’s current took it downstream and around the bend, it wasn’t mine to hang onto anymore. While I don’t always practice this, I hope I can recount this valuable lesson when the doors open.
My aunt and uncle have always been staunch supporters of both my education and career. Hopefully this new endeavor will make them all proud.