My Boyfriend had been working in Fort McMurray for his whole career. He later became my fiance, then we got married and moving to Fort McMurray became our honeymoon. We moved here on June 1st, 2005. The move was mostly exciting because I was young and I was a newlywed and I had never lived with my husband prior to getting married, we were very traditional.
We had our wedding on May 28th, then we bought our first house in Fort McMurray together. We packed up my apartment and his house and we left in the middle of the night and drove all night to take possession of the house, we were just so excited.
I think the reason we love it here is that when we moved here we didn't have a huge friend network. Everyone was so friendly, just like everyone always says about the people of Fort McMurray. We made lots of really fast and good friends that are still to this day our friends, the have become our family.
I never really thought back when I was like 23 moving up here that this would be our hometown per say. Now, this is my children's hometown, they were all born here. So when the fire happened and we thought about all the options. The kids were devastated to think about not coming back, they were born here, they were raised here, this is their hometown.
My friends are here, the arts community is amazing, and the people that live here are great. Aside from all that, the thing that really keeps me here is that this is my children's hometown. There's always something going on whether that is dance classes, art classes or sports games. I feel like if anyone is ever here saying there's nothing to do - then you are really not trying.
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