It’s been quite a while since I’ve written and I have some very good reasons (not excuses)…life has changed a lot in the past 3 months.
First, I married my best friend and the love of my life on January 21, 2011. It was perfect! Barefoot ceremony on a beautiful Mexican beach followed by a wonderful reception full of dancing, family and friends. I promise to post a full recap complete with photos and videos soon. (Update: See our wedding recap here)
Then, upon return from our short honeymoon in Tulum, Brett and I found out his father’s melanoma had returned. His parents cut their winter vacation in Alabama short to return to Iowa for more medical tests. The news came as a shock as we struggled to find answers to our questions about the disease. We thought about what we could do to help and after much discussion, we decided our best option was to move back to Iowa for a short while. In the span of 10 days, we packed up our two bedroom apartment, subleased it out, moved our stuff into a storage unit, and packed our car to the gills. We made the 12 hour drive a couple weeks ago and have been settling into a new routine.
We want to support his parents as they face this difficult time. Our plan here is to help where we can. At the moment that means fixing most of the meals and driving Steve (Brett’s Dad) to some of his treatments – they are and hour and a half away and he has to go three times a week.
This turn of events also has me thinking about things and life a bit differently. Being away from beautiful Colorado has me very homesick and the space has allowed me to open my eyes a bit more. Some of this inward focus lead me to changing the tagline for my blog to “discovering the adventurous, healthy, and intentional life I want to live.” I hope to share my new goals and the meaning behind them with you over the next few weeks.
For now, we feel very fortunate to be in a place in our lives where we can pick up and relocate at a moments notice. I know there are not that many people who have the flexibility to work from anywhere. We definitely appreciate this ability and will not take it for granted.
Please send good thoughts and warm fuzzies to Brett’s family as we face these difficult times.