The Puerto Rico Experiment

We've spent the last 3 months in paradise! In fact...we even sold everything and MOVED our life here to beautiful and enchanting Rincon, Puerto Rico. The people here are amazing and so welcoming. The food is perfection. And the beaches...OH! The beaches.

BUT...we've come to the decision that we much prefer visiting islands rather than living full time on one. 

Yep, we're coming home! Back to the states. Next week in fact.

I'm purposely over simplifying this heart-wrenching decision...it wasn't an easy one. But through LOTS of prayer, late night tearful chats, and seeking good counsel...we've heard very clearly that this was just for a season. 

We believe that God guides us in all that we do...and we were beyond a doubt led here. It was super clear. But the way God works doesn't always make sense in our human minds. Sometimes you are led somewhere...so that you can find a new path that you might not have gone down otherwise. A re-direct.  So we trust. And take the next step. 

This isn't a disappointment. Or a failure. It was an amazing experience in which we learned a lot about ourselves and what we really want right now in our life.

And yet, our hearts will grieve it as a loss. Every change in our lives is a form of loss.

In one of my favorite podcast episodes of all time, Rob Bell says...that sometimes even GOOD seasons come to an end. And you can just say...

"This was great. And now we're leaving because it was great. We're going to stop doing this because it did what it was supposed to do. And now...we're going to do something else." 

He continues with perfect wisdom "...hold your palms open and let it go. And you grieve whatever you need to grieve. And you say YES to whatever the new season is."

We have some ideas about what our next move will be...but we'll wait until we have a solid plan before we share it with everyone. But whatever we do...there will most definitely be lots of beach time sprinkled in. We will be forever grateful for this time we've spent falling in love with the ocean. Without Puerto Rico...we may not have discovered how deep this love ran.

And so we adventure on...in search of a rainbow leading to the next beautiful thing. 

Our House is FOR SALE!

It's true! Our sweet mountain retreat is up for grabs! This was a hard decision...because we LOVE the stillness, the wildlife, the proximity to Boulder (foodie heaven), and the perfect perfectness. BUT, it's time for a new adventure.

We'll be calling the open road "home" indefinitely...while we teach about essential oils around the country and connect with our TRIBE. As we travel, we'll be keeping our eyes open for somewhere we'd like to put down roots again. That might be back in Colorado...or on a beach somewhere. We're embracing the beautiful unknown!

All of the details (and more photos) are at www.360skytrail.com...but here are a few to start. I think this is actually the first "full tour" we've done of the house since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago!

Let me know what you think!

Repurposed Rainbow

Remember way back in 2013 when I decided that I needed more color in my backyard?! I loved that sweet little house (Emma was born there)! Well...after that, the rainbow fence followed us to the farm and welcomed our guests at the gate.

After the farm, it moved up to the mountains and sat next to our hot tub for 2 years...offering a rainbow of happiness while we soaked our cares away. 

But NOW...it's found a new home! 

It's becoming fast friends with the barnwood we found at the Boulder dump...

...and it's being shaped and repurposed into it's new life. 

Almost done!

Voila! A brand new, colorful wall in our office! This took Matt about an hour or so to complete...I'm in awe of his mad skills. And yes, I totally rainbowfied my books just for this photo. Spell check does not think rainbowfied is a word. It's wrong. :) 

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And now...if you're a part of our TRIBE, you'll see this pretty wall on our video calls! Just one more way to add some HAPPY to our life!