A bit late to the posting party on this... but yeah... welcome home, huh...
So this "welcome home" present... that image was taken a mile from the house we had closed on about 90 minutes earlier. My wife and I were in the process of getting our mattress from the POD when she spotted the funnel over my shoulder.
At that point, I didn't see any dust/debris coming up from behind the house, so I just kinda chuckled and said, woot, nice welcome. As we were muscling in the mattress through the front door, I saw the dust rising from behind the houses, shoved the mattress and my wife through the front door, then yanked my wife out, closing everything (but not locking up), and we basically drove a mile south to the top of a hill and watched this tornado together.
This was my wife's first tornado... she's chased with me a handful of times over the years, but never on a tornado day. While it's hard to count this as a chase (I mean, we DID drive a mile toward it), I was delighted we were together for this one (and she's very high on the fact that SHE spotted it first)
The whole transition from start-to-finish has felt very much as if this was all meant to be. Anyone who knows me knows how much we wanted out of Denver back in 2013. We couldn't get out quick. But when all this started to unroll in late January, it happened quick, and so naturally. And going back to Colorado didn't mean going back to Denver. But all our friends and family are here, and when that door was cracked opened as this process got going, it was a shocking realization how much we wanted this. It was not an easy path to get to this point; and this all started out of a lot of disappointment and loss. But if there was anything more meant to be than this.. LOL
But to see that journey end this way... I'm not sure I could've written a better ending. While the signs were there throughout the entire process, this cemented everything.