My Special Home is Where Family Memories are Made

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My Special Home is Where Family Memories are Made


Home is where the heart lies. For AR March blogging contest, we are asked to write a blog about our favorite place that meant the most to us either because of its location or memories that were built in it. 


How do I decide which place meant the most to me? Which location meant the most? Which house was the most memorable? This was difficult for me to pick just one location, for I have moved so often since birth. There were years that I have moved even twice a year. Nope, I am not a military brat, however, due to circumstances, long term residence was never in the books for me. 


Born in Taiwan, my parents decided to move to Brasil when I was only 5 years old. I guess I would have to say the cruise ship across the ocean was my home for several months. Upon arrival, our first home was a small apartment where a family of four made memories with books, bicycle, and paper toys. My favorite was designing house floor models made of paper. (I guess I had an interest in real estate from a very early age.) As my dad learned the language and we all adjusted to the local culture, our income status improved from year to year. Dad got promoted very quickly, and soon we were moving every two years into a different house. Mom and dad knew from the start that one way to build wealth was through real estate. Of all the houses we moved into, the last one was the most memorable. There was this master bathroom door entrance that blended in as a regular wall to wall shelf cabinet. I use to love to show my friends that I lived in a house that had a secret room.



In my teens, we moved to the good old USA. Our first residence was in downtown Los Angeles. We moved in close to my grandmother who was battling cancer. Then a year later, we moved to Anaheim, CA to help with the construction building of the first church meeting hall in America. At this location is where most of my happy childhood memories were made. Walking distance to our local high school and church, pool in the backyard, Summer and Winter training where my parents hosted many foreign brothers and sisters of our church to reside in our home. Shortly after, we moved to Houston TX, then to Boston Ma, then back to Fountain Valley, CA, then Cypress CA. At this point, I have gotten married, and we move to Spokane WA due to job relocation. 



I googled the image of our old Spokane house. We installed the basketball hoop on the left.


Spokane WA was a sweet spot in all my moves. It is the first house that Les and I bought together. We wanted to raise our family in this community. We bought a house where we did a lot of DIY projects. We even brought in a gas line for the fireplace into the house on our own...yes, we are both very handy. But this move was also short lived. Due to job relocations, we ended up in Mission Viejo CA for a few years, then finally to the Inland Empire. At this time, we started investing ourselves and moved pretty much every other year. Our investments took us to the high desert, then to the Bay area and finally, it brought us back full circle to the Inland Empire. 


I have to say that I never experienced what it feels like to belong to a community, or to make long lasting friends, or to build lasting relationships. However, the trade off is that I learned that a home is where the heart returns to every night. I learned to be more diverse and accepting of different cultures, heritages, and beliefs. I learned to be very dependent on family, the quality of friendship and not on the quantity. I learned to read people, to be more aware of my surroundings and to be more self-sufficient. 



I have to say that my favorite home is each and every location that my Lord placed me throughout this thing I call the journey of life. 



My Special Home is Where Family Memories are Made

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Comments (8)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That was a real adventure and I like how you brought us a long the way Les & Sarah Oswald 

Mar 25, 2017 05:37 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington 

Mar 25, 2017 10:27 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Les & Sarah Oswald  You are so right  Home is where the Heart is --- Fill a house with Love and it is a Home --- Loved your Post --- I also liked your video 


Mar 26, 2017 02:24 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Thank you, Hannah Williams. It's an honor to have you stop by my post.

Mar 27, 2017 07:41 PM
Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

Very interesting story and so true about heart and home. I've lived 17 years in one house for a portion of my life. And then moved several times for a while at another season of life while helping with special needs. And both seasons have been sweet blessings as well. 

Mar 29, 2017 08:49 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Kaye Swain -  Many wouldn't be able to handle all my moves. However, I consider it a blessing. I got to experience differences in community, neighborhoods, diversities, and it made me more self resilient throughout the process. 

Mar 29, 2017 08:58 AM
Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

Very definitely agree! 

Mar 29, 2017 09:57 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You've lived in a lot of places and seen many different communities.  It's nice that you can now choose for yourself and enjoy the home in a location that suits you best.

Apr 22, 2017 02:57 PM