The following post is a love letter to Saskatchewan. Part of a project to tell the world how awesome Saskatchewan is.

On June 15, 2012 (TODAY)  everyone is called to rally and send a massive love letter from Saskatchewan to the world. It could be a photo, video, tweet, blog post, song, video or other medium you come up.

Add your personalized message and the phrase #wishyouwerehere #saskatchewan and prepare to spread to the world.

The following is my love letter.

Dear Saskatchewan,
I remember when I was 17. I couldn’t wait to leave you. I was ready to venture out and explore the world. A few years later I was making my dreams come true. I packed my bags and boarded the plane to fly overseas and start a new Saskatchewan-free life. I was leaving behind the small town, the lack an anonymity and culture and I wasn’t going to look back and definitely not return to my rural roots … or so I thought …

Australian Sunset that increased my homesickness.

It wasn’t until I found myself in the middle out outback Australia that I felt you pull on my heart stings.

If you love someone let them go, if they are yours they will come back to you.

Well Saskatchewan, I came back to you and although we have our moments when I think about leaving you again, I can’t. You have your hold on me. Not long ago I wrote about the strength of your pull and the beauty of your living skies. That was just part of it. While overseas I began to long for wide open spaces, for the place I called home and where everyone knew my name. As I traveled through nations that excelled at celebrating their identity and sharing their culture I started to realize how much the “Saskatchewan way of life” meant to me and how important it was for me to share that same pride.

Now, I am determined to share my love for you with the world. It is the least I can do for all you have done for me. The more I share about you the greater I appreciate what you have to offer. My heart swells when I drive through the rolling hills towards my husband’s childhood farm nestled into the hill landscape near Assiniboia (read one of our recent posts here).

A sense of peace flows over me as I dip through the Saskatchewan River Valley on my way home. You offer me serenity as I hike through the hills or drop my rod in an ice fishing hole at Lac Pelletier.

Ice Fishing for Perch at Lac Pelletier

You taught me the importance of community and determination in the face of adversity / the importance of cheering for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders even when they aren’t contenders for the Grey Cup.

I look forward to many more years and even more memories together.