... for memories
I just wanted to say a few things about Juneau before I move away from here.
When I moved here 3 1/2 years ago, it was like moving to a city for me. Very much bigger than what I was used to. I thought to myself, "I don't know if I can live around all those people." But Juneau turned out to be an OK place to live. Everyone I've met has been friendly and likable. There's so many of you out there who are always volunteering to help out with various activities going on. It's really incredible to me. There's a lot of you who go out of your way just to make others feel good. And it's no big deal to you.
I can't say enough good about the teachers at Glacier Valley Elementary. They are very dedicated and caring people. They have done a wonderful job working with my two children, and I'd like to thank them for everything they've done.
I'm going to be leaving at the first of the year. I'm going back to Nevada and as the time gets closer, a feeling of sadness comes over me. I'm really going to miss the people here a lot. The ones in my neighborhood, at my kids' school and at the grocery stores. There's also the ones at Ron's Apothecary and the ones who pull over to the side of the road as soon as they know you need help, and the ones who take the time to decorate their houses at Christmas, just so others can enjoy the beauty of what they've done. I have to mention the little house on the road to Auke Lake. In the summer their place is so colorful and cheerful with all the flowers and statues and what-not they've got there. And in the winter the lights they have displayed makes the place look almost magical. My kids and I have driven by many times and admired the creations they've come up with. (We especially liked the two bears sitting on the bench together).
There are several reasons why I'm moving back home, but the two biggest reasons are because I can't drive away when I want to and because the sun doesn't shine enough around here. I'm sure after I'm gone and I'm alone in the desert, there will be times when I miss a lot of things about Juneau. But it's the people I'm going to miss the most.
Every time it rains on me, I'll think about Juneau and all the nice people who live here.
... for emergency help
I would like to express my deepest thanks to some wonderful people of Juneau. Recently my two children and I went through a very difficult time. Few people can imagine how devastating it is to suddenly be alone 4,000 miles away from your family. Little did we know that we were not alone at all. God works in mysterious ways. He sent some awesome friends to help us through and stand by our side through it all. In order for our house to be placed on the market for sale, some things had to be done first. One friend organized a "work" party one Saturday. Everything that needed to be done got accomplished that day.
I cannot thank all of these people enough that took time out of their busy schedules to come over and help us. They would not want me to mention their names, because they did not ask for any reward or recognition. But I believe they are angels and will receive their reward in Heaven. Thanks everyone (you know who you are) for the help, support, advice, etc., when we needed it the most.
Also, an anonymous person sent a letter from "Mrs. Santa" with a very nice gift certificate from Fred Meyer inside. I don't know who you are, but my daughters and I want to thank you for blessing us during Christmas.
Juneau has some truly incredible people.