I have been living in sunny Arizona for 10, count ‘em, 10 years, officially as of today. It seems really hard to believe an entire decade has passed since I took a big leap of faith, packed my truck (which is still on the road, by the way), kissed my beautiful wife goodbye (she stayed behind until November to tie up loose ends while I left to begin my new job) and made the 3,000+ mile journey through ten states to make it down here, leaving behind my birthplace and home of over 31 years at that point. To say the ensuing decade has had its share of ups and downs is quite an understatement, mostly due to my unstable employment in an industry highly susceptible to booms and busts that was hit especially hard after the financial crisis and subsequent real-estate crash and recession. Through the trials and tribulations, we have managed to purchase a home and almost 11 months ago we welcomed our lovely little Arizona natives, Lydia and Sophia, to the household. That was a miracle unto itself, as they were born over three months early and spent 126 days in the NICU, experiencing more health issues than some people face in an entire lifetime. They have come a LONG way since they came home in February. Life has certainly changed significantly since 2004 when I arrived here, but most of the changes have been positive. My wife has been working since 2006 at the same place, and has moved up the ranks in her department. I am extremely proud of her and her accomplishments, and now seeing her as a mother has made her even more incredible in my eyes. I miss family and friends back in the Northeast and I don’t get back as much as I should, I miss the Fall change in weather, and I miss a lot of foods you just can’t get down here, but we have made life-long friends here and have become very integrated with this amazing state and it really does feel like home at this point. Sure, it gets sweltering hot for about four months every year, but the rest of the year is wonderful, and you don’t have to shovel sunshine! I DO NOT miss a miserable Northeast winter, not one bit. Cheers to 10 YEARS!