I met Val 26 years ago next month when she became our realtor (our first purchase was her first closing!), and then much more. Over the years we've spent countless hours riding horses and talking – about raising kids and aging parents and sibling relationships and faith. A few years ago she moved to Hawaii, but still comes back to the area occasionally for work. We get together when we can, and today was one of those special times. We chose to walk and talk at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and had a beautiful day for it.