Kissing CoupleI’m in love. Yes, with my husband and children, but I have a secret (ok – maybe not so secret) love. It’s an ongoing affair I’m having with where I live. I have lived here for 13 years and never see myself living anywhere else. This year, I’m sending a Valentine to my town, my community, my county. And I don’t think I’m alone in my adoration of Thurston County.

There are several categories of people who live, work and play in Thurston County. First are “The Lifers.” These people were born and raised here and even after living elsewhere for college or a job, they are back and they are staying. Love for Thurston County oozes from their pores.