It’s quickly coming up on one year that I have been living here in Palo Alto, time sure has flown by! I submitted my lease renewal last week – which means I will be able to stay in my current apartment for only $50 more a month. I will stay close to the church, near all of the wonderful coffee shops and restaurants I have come to know many workers at, and near my neighbors Chris and Judee. I am pleased to find a place to call home but must admit that it has taken a long time for me to truly feel like this is “home.” Gregory Griffey has reflected a lot with me on the importance of place and how he himself has intentionally worked at making the Bay Area “home” rather than merely the next place he shops, eats, and sleeps. He has had to hike and explore history, the land and its people. I have done the same, but what truly makes Palo Alto my home is that I have a family that cares for me more than I could ever imagine, that supports me, my passion for Jesus Christ, and my love for our Baptist and Christian traditions; I have a family that would make that extra trip to the airport for me or sit at my bedside if I were to get sick; I have a family that cooks for me and sings with and for me; I have a family that always shows up and always provides; I have a really big, diverse, and wonderful family and it’s you! Thank you for making Palo Alto home.