It is crazy to sit here and think that in just a matter of 6 short weeks my life will start a journey on a whirlwind adventure. That means only 6 more weeks that I will work with some of my favorite people in the world. Six more Sunday’s that I will be attending the church that I have been attending for the last 10 plus years and pouring countless hours into children’s lives that I care so much about. Six more weeks to see the friends who have become family who mean the world to me and that I will miss dearly.
In just 6 short weeks I will be moving up to Dillingham Alaska with my brother (Travis), sister in law (Hannah), nieces (Harper & Eden) and my nephew (Ivan). Moving is never an easy thing; especially for me; to another town in the same state, or out of state for that matter. For me I do not particularly care for change. I like routine. Sure I can fly by the seat of my pants but I prefer routine. But here I am jumping way out of my comfort zone and I am so excited!
One day when I got home from work Travis says to me, “How would you feel about moving to Dillingham Alaska?” My first thought that popped into my head was “Where in the world is Dillingham?!” If you are anything like me when you think of Alaska you think Anchorage or Fairbanks. When Travis and Hannah told me that Dillingham was located in the Southeast Bristol Bay Region by the Bering Sea in Alaska, it surprised me. But the next thing they told me shocked me even more. Hannah told me that the only way in and out of the town is by plane or barge, and there was only 21 miles of road in the whole town and the population was a whopping 2,500 people…I am not going to lie, I was freaking out a little inside my head when they told me all of this. Hannah had applied for a few jobs for the University of Alaska, since she has always wanted to work for a university. Hannah told me they wanted to do a Skype interview with her in the next few days. My mind started racing…oh my goodness, would I really want to move to Alaska? What would I do if I decided not to go with them? How would I handle the only family that I have left in Boise leaving me? My mind was racing nonstop for the next few days. The day that Hannah had her Skype interview I got home after a long day of work and asked her how it went, Hannah overwhelmingly said “I don’t feel like I interviewed well,” and she left it at that. At this point my mind was still racing in a million different directions. I really tried to put everything in back of mind after hearing this. A few short days later Hannah told me that The University of Alaska wanted to fly her to Dillingham to interview her for the job. At this point my mind really started racing again, but again really tried to put it in the back of my mind. On an early Thursday morning before I dropped Hannah off at the airport for her to fly too little ole Dillingham for her interview. That same Saturday Travis and I were super anxious to hear about how her time in Dillingham went, Hannah was excited about how most of her time went, over dinner at one of our favorite places she showed us pictures of the little fishing town and told us stories about the prices of normal everyday items. She basically said too that they had told her if she wanted the job that it would be hers, again my mind starting going a million miles a minute in different directions. About a week later after Hannah got home from Dillingham she got a call with an official offer. I would now have to decide what I was going to do.
I thought to myself, ok what options do I really have? Option 1: Move to Alaska with my family. Option 2: Stay here where I have friends, jobs, church and a life already established. Option 3: Move to Seattle area were we had previously lived for 15 plus years of my life, where my best friend in the whole entire world is. Option 4: Move to Philadelphia area were my parents moved to several years ago. Option 5: Move to California area where my aunts and uncles are on my mom’s side of the family. With not a lot of thinking I had already in my mind narrowed it down to really 2 options, either stay here in Idaho or move to Alaska. By now most of you know that I will be going to Alaska with Travis, Hannah and the kids!
Many people have asked me “Why Alaska?” “Why are you moving to a remote area?” My answer to people is twofold. On one hand it will be an adventure that I would not normal take! If you know me I am much more of a girly girl than an outdoors type of girl. I am one that loves to shop and get my nails done. I truly am looking forward to experiencing new things and stepping outside of my comfort zone. The other part of my answer to people is a simple one, I cannot go without seeing my family. Yes this may sound too odd to some. But my family is one of the most important things in my life to me. For the last 3 plus years I have lived with Travis, Hannah and the kids. The experience that I have had living with them is not one that I would trade for anything. I am truly blessed that I have this opportunity to live with them and be such a huge part of the kids’ lives! So I just cannot image not seeing them every day or at least whenever I wanted to. So the clear choice was to move with them!
So needless to say that we have started the MASSIVE process of the logistics of getting to Alaska. Hannah will be leaving to head to Dillingham on July 8th. Travis, the kids and I will be heading to Seattle on August 10th to put both of our SUV’s on a barge that will then transport our cars up to Dillingham. Once in Seattle we will spend time with my mom who is going to fly in to help with the kids and spend time with us, along with visiting my best friend; both of which I am ecstatic about. Travis, the kids and I will head out of Seattle bright and early on August 16th to fly to Dillingham joining Hannah to start the next chapter of our lives. Between now and August we are downsizing to pretty much what ever we can fit in our 2 SUV’s. So that means multiple moving sales along with going thru everything in our house and deciding what is important to us to keep.
As you can imagine this whole process is a huge undertaking, we are asking for our friends and family to cover us in prayer in preparation for this amazing adventure that we are about to embark on. We have also set up a Go Fund Me account to help with some of the expenses with getting us all up there. Another huge prayer request that we have is that we are able to find a house that is big enough for all of us to live in. You can imagine that there isn’t a lot of housing available in such a small town, let alone for 6 people. But I am certain God knows exactly where we will live once we are up there.
This amazing opportunity scares me and excites me all at the same time! I am so excited have a fresh start in a brand new place, a place that I would never have seen myself being. I am also scared; scared of the unknown and scared of how are things going to turn out? I know God has the perfect plan for us! I am so excited to see what he has in store for us!