It was almost eleven years to the day in December 2003 when upon redeployment from Iraq, I loaded up our Chevy Suburban and a 6×12 U-Haul trailer.
We were departing Ft. Hood Texas for Plantation, Florida so our girls could start school in a new semester — and Angela could continue her career as a financial advisor. I reflected upon that trip during the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America in May. We came down I-35 to Hwy 190 to Houston and hit I-10 then down to the Florida turnpike. We found our way to Sunrise Blvd and headed west to Nob Hill Road and what would become our home in the subdivision called Fountain Springs.
We arrived around 2 am and boy, was I beat — and thus began the longest period of time the West family hunkered down in one location.
And so it is that today I will load up a Jeep Cherokee Overland and another 6×12 U-Haul trailer heading back to Texas to assume the position of CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. Aubrey, now a 21-year-old college senior will ride with Dad while Austen, an 18-year-old high school senior will fly out with Mom on Christmas morning. Yep, bummer, Angela and I will spend our 25th anniversary apart — but hey, she’s getting a really nice house in Dallas.
So, eleven years here in South Florida, no regrets, and there are so many great lifelong friends we’ve made. It was the place where our girls grew up and yes, we’ll be keeping the home in Fountain Springs – that’s how you build a legacy for your children.
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