Jan 1, 2015

the year to beat

What a difference a year makes!

This time last year we were living on a sailboat, moored in Key West (and slightly miserable).  One year later, we are living in a downtown apartment, renovating a house and expecting a baby!  That sounds like an awful lot of change for one year's time, but we have been so fortunate as far as opportunities and timing go that it all just feels as natural as can be.  I've come to realize, too, that I just really like change.  Thank goodness.

I love that this blog has captured some of the most memorable events of the past year, even if the posting was a bit sparse at times.  Here are my top 5 favorite moments of 2014:

1. Exploring beautiful places by boat.  Looking back now, it's hard to believe that we were even still on the boat in early 2014!  The end of our trip saw stops in some of my now favorite places: East Bahia Honda, Vero Beach, St. Augustine, and Cumberland Island.

2. Completing our dream of sailing down the coast and returning home safe and sound.  It was a bittersweet end, to be sure, but above all we were grateful that it was such a memorable and fulfilling experience.  And that we survived.

3. Finding my dream downtown apartment in just a few short days after returning to shore.  Since we had rented out our home before setting sail, we had no idea where we would live when we returned, which was a bit worrisome whenever we really stopped to think about it.  But like most worries, they were completely unfounded, especially since we loved the very first place we even looked at and were able to move right in.

4. Falling in love with Roanoke from a new perspective.  Before we left on our sailing trip, I was sure that I would fall head over heels with one of the coastal towns that we visited and become simply desperate to live there. And while I did in fact fall in love with many of them, as it turned out, I was still excited to come back and make our home in Roanoke.  I had lived in two very different areas around Roanoke for the last 10 years or so, but coming back to it with a fresh perspective and the opportunity to experience it from the center of the city felt new and exciting.  We made so many great memories from our Spring, Summer, and Fall in this city. 

5. Finding out (on the very same day!) that our offer on a house was accepted and that we're expecting a baby.  That was a day we won't soon forget!

2014 was an unbelievable journey, and I'm halfway tempted to say that it'd be hard to beat.  However, 2015 will see us continuing renovations on our house, moving in and making it our home, and welcoming a baby into our little family.  Adventure awaits us still.

Happy New Year!


  1. You had such an eventful year! And it sounds like this year will be just as eventful for the two of you. Happy 2015! :)

  2. Sounds and looks like 2014 was a great year for you guys. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

    1. Thank you Marieken, and Happy New Year to you as well!


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