Whew! Can you believe it? 9 months. We set out in September with prayers soaring and big dreams to change our life and now we've seen all of those dreams come true! We're excited to settle back into our HOME in the mountains of Boulder (mid-May)...and enjoy all of that remodeling we did last year!
Our essential oil business has completely transformed our future plans...and we have some pretty fun ideas up our sleeves. If you've been wondering what it would look like to join our TRIBE, click on over here to see what it's all about! Our leaders are experiencing big changes in their lives as well...it's so fun to be a part of it!
As many of you have noticed...I didn't blog much these past 9 months. When I get busy living and loving life, I tend to "blog" over on Instagram instead. So if you've missed any of that, check it out here. But I thought it would be fun to chat about some of the highlights of our trip (as pictured above!).
Filling in the Map: We have now visited 47 states! We're just missing Rhode Island, Alaska and Hawaii. I've actually visited Alaska back in my military days, but not as a family. What an amazing thing to look at a map of the U.S. and have memories and friends in almost every single place across the country. We are so deeply grateful for all of those experiences...we will forever have gypsy hearts because of it.
Matt & Sara Go to Jamaica: Whaaaaaaat?! This was hands down the most amazing thing we've done in a long time. It was THE FIRST TIME we had ever left the girls overnight in 11 years of having children (thank you Nana & Papa!). We spent 8 days and 7 nights in Montego Bay at an all -inclusive resort...completely paid for! It was so fun to spend time with our friends and experience a much needed re-connection with each other as well. We fell in love with each other all over again...AND with the Caribbean! We already have plans to go back as a family later this year. I'm slowly conquering my fear of the ocean and now I want to do ALL THE SNORKLING!! **share your favorite snorkeling spots in the comments please!**
Oh California: People ask all the time what our favorite state is...where we would go over and over again. It's California. We spent a lot of time there this go-around. San Diego, Encinitias, Oceanside, L.A. Malibu, San Francisco, Petaluma...just typing those city's names makes me happy. We spent the most time in Oceanside at a sweet little RV park by the ocean. It was only a few blocks from the ocean and some of our friends camped with us during that time. It was a blast. Several of the images above are from our time in Cali. Cuz that's where my heart is. Love it.
Have Kids, Will Travel: It's been a very different experience this time around, as we've had THREE kiddos and TWO doggies with us on the road. It's always a circus around here...and we like it that way! :) We're always looking for fun excursions and things to experience as we travel. Some of our favorites were the Monterey Bay Aquarium (always a fave!), Redwoods, learning to surf, and seeing a pod of orcas up close (on our beach in Oceanside!). And then of course...just exploring cities together...on the other side of the U.S. Asheville, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago...it's been a whirlwind!
As I type this, I'm soaking up the sunshine in "my office". Listening to the birdies and coaching my team. Loving every minute of our life. Even on the hard days. And yes, we have hard days. In fact, we've had our fair share this year. But God is so gracious and His love for us shines SO BRIGHTLY. Brighter than any darkness or hardship. And did I mention...it's so good to be almost HOME! Weeeeeeeee!