Thomas Meets Seattle – Digipen Institute of Technology Preview Day

December 16 2023

Thomas Meets Seattle

A place of fresh air
Good food

I thought I’d never return
It never truly felt like home.

Sixteen years of my life
Sixteen years of adventures
Of wildness, joy, sadness, laughter, betrayal and heartache.

Being here with you
My wonderful, thoughtful
Child of mine

Making fun and beautiful
Memories together

I’m grateful for you
Walking with me
Through this place I fled 17 years ago
This place that may
Become you’re home
At least for four years, anyway

I am thrilled
we got to have this experience together

I cannot wait to see you fly
Whether that’s here
Or somewhere else

I celebrate you
You are uniquely you
And that’s refreshing in today’s world

I overflow with gratitude
That I get to be your mom
That I get to experience your kind heart
Your fun personality
And I am so very deeply proud of you

December 2023

Last weekend Thomas and I traveled to Seattle. It was a fun and productive long weekend! This was part of Thomas’s 18th birthday gifts. A trip to Seattle for preview day at Digipen. We had lots of fun!

Plus, Lillian did a great job being on her own for three nights!! The security cameras worked great for me to check up on Lillian and Basil. It was a success for all us. ❤️🎉❤️

Here Comes the Sun

December 16 2023

Sixteen years of my life
Sixteen years of

When I left this place
16 years ago
I didn’t think I’d return

Thomas was one year old
When we left for Reno
Now they are 18 years old

This may become they’re home
At least for four years, anyway.

I did it
We did it
Here comes the sun


Photo taken by Thomas at Pier 69 in Seattle. We were there last weekend for preview day at Digipen, the college Thomas is considering attending.