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Jun 25, 2009
 
I am planning on moving my family to Alaska in September. I am interested in the Homer area. I would like to communicate with people who already live there. I have so many questions that have not yet been answered by the research that I have already done. It has always been my dream since I was a little girl to see Alaska. Now for many reasons I just want to live there. Please can anyone help me.
homerfaith

Kenai, AK

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Jul 20, 2009
 
seeking wrote:
I am planning on moving my family to Alaska in September. I am interested in the Homer area. I would like to communicate with people who already live there. I have so many questions that have not yet been answered by the research that I have already done. It has always been my dream since I was a little girl to see Alaska. Now for many reasons I just want to live there. Please can anyone help me.
I have lived in Homer for 14 years. What do you want to know?
Faith
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West Liberty, KY

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Jul 22, 2009
 
Thank you so much for your willingness to answer my questions. I had just about given up. I have done a lot of research online, but I still want to know more. Is Homer a good town to raise kids? Is it really as beautiful as the pictures that I have seen online? Is it a friendly community? I would enjoy making new friends. What are winters like? I am not worried about snow, I love snow. We don't get much snow here in Kentucky. I am interested in seeing the Northern Lights, can you view them there in Homer like you can in areas like Fairbanks? Finding work will not be a concern as I run a home-based business that is completely internet based. I am also currently writing a book. Is there good medical care in the area? How about a veterinarian, as I have several
tiny dogs. I would like to know about housing. I would probably need to rent at first, but then I am hoping to buy a home. I have read on some of the websites that some people in Alaska have hard feelings against people from the lower 48 that move up there, is that true? I just want to start over in a peaceful and beautiful place for many reasons. I hope I have not asked too many questions. I will be waiting anxiously for your answers.
homerfaith

Soldotna, AK

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Jul 24, 2009
 
seeking wrote:
Thank you so much for your willingness to answer my questions. I had just about given up. I have done a lot of research online, but I still want to know more. Is Homer a good town to raise kids? Is it really as beautiful as the pictures that I have seen online? Is it a friendly community? I would enjoy making new friends. What are winters like? I am not worried about snow, I love snow. We don't get much snow here in Kentucky. I am interested in seeing the Northern Lights, can you view them there in Homer like you can in areas like Fairbanks? Finding work will not be a concern as I run a home-based business that is completely internet based. I am also currently writing a book. Is there good medical care in the area? How about a veterinarian, as I have several
tiny dogs. I would like to know about housing. I would probably need to rent at first, but then I am hoping to buy a home. I have read on some of the websites that some people in Alaska have hard feelings against people from the lower 48 that move up there, is that true? I just want to start over in a peaceful and beautiful place for many reasons. I hope I have not asked too many questions. I will be waiting anxiously for your answers.
Ok,
Yes, Homer is a great place to raise kids. I raised/am raising 4 here myself and know people to moved Outside only to return to raise their children because of the violence, etc that is not present to that degree ion Homer.
It is absolutely gorgeous here. The view at the top of BayCrest Hill will either make you gasp for breath or you are dead or blind. It's truly that simple. That said, I want to remind you that we DO live in AK where the weather chages fairly qwuickly and when the clouds move in, you would not know there were mountains or an ocean out there if you had not already seen it. It can look quite ethereal at times.
I have seen Aurora B many times from my house. I can see them from my dining room, wehich makes it convenient for me. Other people see them here too but it is probably not as vivid as what can be seen from Fairbanks and colder places around the state.
Glad to hear you have that business because Homerites are mostly willing to make money any legal way. What I mean is, you may come here with an engineering degree, having been the BEST engineer ever, but if you want to live in Homer, you might end up being the manager of the local Subway because that's how you can get income and still live in the best place ever.
I do not know what kind of money you have but if you've got it, there are PLENTY places to buy here. You do not HAVE to rent but it might be best if you did, so you can get a feel for which part of town you want to live. Each of your micro-communities here are of a different flavor. Look me up when you come to town. We'll talk. There are several smaller communities skirting Homer. I am sure youll find at least one you like and want to live in.
I cannot speak for everyone in Homer, but I think it safe to say that hardly ANY one here is prejudice against Outsiders. If you want to live in Homer, then you'll come to love and respect it like the rest of us and you'll care and take care of her. No one will come after you or harrass you. We are not that kind of community.
Homer is a great place to live. It is neither Heaven, nor Eden. It is beautiful but we all pick up afyer ourselves and others. We show respect and want that back. We'll love you if you love us and where we live.
I hope this helps. Ask details or other questions if you want.
I hope this all works out for you.
Faith
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Chesterfield, MO

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Jul 26, 2009
 
Thank you so much for answering some of my questions. I feel even more excited about my family's move to Homer. I am glad that it is a good place to raise kids since I have five. I feel like we will be safe there. My kids safety is one of my top priorities. I am a single mom and my kids are my world. I already feel like I will have at least one friend when I get there. It is nice to have your advice. I still need to know about medical care. Can you recommend good doctors? With you being a mom, do you know of a good pediatrician? Also, is there a mental health clinic? My kids see a counselor here and I need to continue this once we move. Also, is Homer a good place to have pets? We have several very small chihuahuas. Is there a veterinarians office in Homer or nearby? What about grocery stores, is there one nearby? It does sound beautiful. I have seen pictures online, but I know pictures are not as good nice as the real thing. I want a house that sits up high with that gorgeous view of the mountains and the spit. I don't see any problems with running my business from Homer. I went to college intending to be a social worker. I wanted to help battered women. My guidance counselor told me all the way through college that I would make a perfect social worker, because I knew what it was like since I had experienced it all myself. She said that when I would say " I know how you feel" I really would. But, I had a double major the other being a degree in business and somehow that's where I am now. I guess that is enough for now I don't want to over do it. I will be waiting to hear from you. Take care and God bless.
Deborah
homerfaith

Soldotna, AK

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#6
Jul 27, 2009
 
Deb
Sorry. I forgot some of the questions.
Yes, there are a few medical clinics. We go to Homer Medical with several GREAT doctors. Also Seldovia Village Tribal clinic, which serves more than Natives, good place to go-friendly people. there too. All have good doctors - we use Dr. Wise but all are good. We do not specify - just take whoever is free to see us. We do not really have pediatiricians here but like I said, all the Docs are pretty good. There's only a surgeon or two that I'd think twice about operating on me. Even then, we have talent here. It's just very different than living Outside.
We have a vets office with three vets serving the community. Almost everyone here has an animal. the only problem I'd be worried about with your bitty dogs are the eagles. we had one knock over a woman this past winter and take her little dog for a snack- NO JOKE!!
It sounds like you will want to look for housiung out East End road (EER) where you can sit high and see the view. I'd at least look there if I were you. We live off the highway, near mile 168 and sit up about 1000 feet. we have a direct view of Illiamna. It is nice when you can see it. The clouds like to take over so often!!
I am glad this has helped and you feel even better about moving here. i think you will love it. Depending on where you live, the kids will have great schools to atend, unless you decide to homeschool them. In that case, you'll have lots of community support. There are many things lined up for kids here. I hope they are as excited as you.
I hope you'll let me know when you come. Maybe we can grab a tea or something.

Take care,
Faith
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Chesterfield, MO

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#7
Jul 28, 2009
 
Faith,
Thank you so very much for all of your information and help. The more I communicate with you the more hopeful and excited about moving to Homer I get. The kids are all just as excited as I am. We are glad that Homer sounds like a nice, friendly, family oriented town. I really think that we will love living there. The kids are happy that there will be things for them to do. There are not many things around here for them to do. Most kids around here get in trouble or hooked on drugs. I do homeschool my kids for just these reasons. I am glad that Homer supports homeschooling.
I guess when my dogs are outside I will have to keep them in an enclosed area. That is sad about that woman's dog.
I would love to meet you and have tea. I drink both tea and coffee. I can drink two pots of coffee a day by myself. Are there many places in Homer that serve coffee and tea? Also is there a Walmart close by? What about grocery stores?

Best wishes,
Deborah
homerfaith

Soldotna, AK

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Aug 4, 2009
 
Deb,
No walmart - We have tried hard to keep big box stores away. However, I just heard today that the largest Walmart in the State is expected to be built in Kenai. Ugh!! Right now, the closest stores of this kind are in Anchorage, about 5 hours away. We have three stores in town, Safeway, Save-U-More (knock off of costco) and Kachemak Wholesale which few people go to because we do not want to support the owner who is not a nice guy.(I hope this does not offend you. Just telling the truth. In a town like Homer, you begin to realize that your dollars support local economy more than when you live Outside. We like to support locally owned businesses.
I am glad this has all been helpful. I look forward to meeting you and your children. There are a few places to sit and drink - tea & coffee. We'll find a place you like.
Take Care,
Faith
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West Liberty, KY

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#9
Aug 5, 2009
 
Faith,
I am not a supporter of big business either. So, no I am not offended. I run a small business myself. It is good that the people in Homer prefer to support locally owned businesses. I am looking forward to meeting you too. I feel like that I will have at least one friend in Homer when I get there. We still plan on making our move in the fall. I can't wait. I hate it here.
Best Wishes,
Deborah
Curious

Terre Haute, IN

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Feb 4, 2014
 
well its been 5 years did you two ever meet for that tea?
Linda

Huntington, IN

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Mar 2, 2014
 
I wondered that too.

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