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This is where I'm from.

Why would I chose to live in a place smack dab in the middle of nowhere, where the temperature can range from +40 to -40?  Where there are 4 seasons, but mostly winter?  Where the biggest city (1 million +) is a 6 hour drive away?
I get that it may not sound appealing, but to me it's more than that.  It's my home.  It is where the majority of my friends and family live.  I would have a very hard time moving somewhere mainly for that fact: our parents are a short hourish drive away.  My friends live within 20 minutes and soon one will live across the road!  It would be so lonely without them.  Who would have beer and clam with me on the deck?  Who would go to movies with me?

I was born and raised in Saskatchewan and I am proud to call this beautiful farming province home.   It is where my Grandparents settled, farmed (somewhat) and raised their families.  The highways are lined with the golden yellow fields of canola and purple flax in the summer.  In the autumn, the patchwork quilt of land are lit up with golden hues.  The winter can be beautiful too with the pastel shades and northern lights.
This province, built on hard work and pioneering souls is a beautiful place to live.
Saskatchewan  has a total area of 651,900 square kilometres (251,700 sq mi).  Just to help my American friends picture the size, Texas is 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2).  
So we're similar in size, but there's a huge difference,  we have close to 1.2 million people.  Texas? 26 million.
I will always remember what Valerie, a friend from Belgium, living in Sask for a summer said on her visit.  She was so amazed by the sky;  she said she had never seen the sky so panoramic and so alive. That's one of the biggest draws to me: the space, the sky, the simple beauty.   While I have lived in many places in my little life:   Prince Albert, where I was born and raised, Montreal, where I did an exchange in high school, Regina and Quebec City, where I went to University, finally it is in Saskatoon where Dan and I decided to set up shop.

I am proud to call Saskatoon my home.
 I love that Saskatoon is still a "big" city, by Sask standards, but still small city enough that it only takes me 30 minutes to drive across the city to bring Willis to school.
And we live 10 minutes out of town.
I am proud to be a Canadian Prairie Girl.
I love that we're kinda in the middle of everywhere so we can visit coast to coast for travel.
I love that I can have good shopping and great restaurants and that they are never crazy crowded.  I love going away and visiting other cities and every single time I'm about to come home I get so excited to be back to the incredible skylines and fresh air of Saskatchewan.

There is so much to explore in Saskatoon that I'm pretty sure Willis, Lucia and I are going to have a great little adventure every day this summer.  There are tons of great restaurants, like Bon Temps Cafe where we had my birthday party in April.  But also, there are sooo many more that I need to try, like Drift, hello crepes!! and the breakfast bistro, Poached.    There is also a really cool local shop, called HardPressed that does some cool Saskatoon inspired clothing.  Actually, my PA peeps will appreciate one of the items in the shop, done by my childhood friend, Cory and his gorgeous wife (and model in picture).  They teamed up and created this brilliant shirt, which you may only understand the pure epicness of it if you're from the PA.  I'm hoping they do a Welcome Inn one next.

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I love where I live.  And really, the only way you could get me to move is by packing up my friends and family too.  And the sky and the northern lights and the lakes and the geese and the moose and the snowdrifts and the sunsets.
Oh, and I'll never leave our acreage.
That is all.
I think it's important to love where you live, don't you?

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