12 / by Amanda Powell

 

As of yesterday,my family and I have been in Bellingham WA for a year. A year! A whole year!

We've realized a dream and now, here we are, a year later. (did I mention this? I don't think I did) The last 12 months have brought many things into focus for us. We have a reasonably clear picture of what we want and where we're headed. The how is still a little blurry. So, we're trying things. Jumping into new working arrangements, getting our food in different ways, tweaking a knob here, turning a dial there. Basically, committing to new processes for a time to see if they get us closer to the life we'd like. I'm enjoying this experiment, honestly. It's a low pressure way to adopt something new, adjust as needed, try something else, and practice taking the uncontrollable in stride. I'm liking the variety of it all. I'm thankful for the opportunity to live life this way.

Moving was a good decision. We've had many challenges along the way, some stemming from the decisions we've made. Others have simply come because life is indeed, a box of chocolates. If this last year has taught me anything, it's that you *must* take the good with the bad, the mundane with the amazing. Neither can exist without the other as a measuring tool. This life, our life, is one I'm happy to be a part of, with its own unique set of challenges, but also its unique set of rewards. 

SO, without further adieu, a visual year in review, if you will (and you will, you have no say here. Also, I love you and thanks for reading, really).

**End note** One image a month doesn't seem quite fair. We've had many visits from family, made friends, taken side trips.. All of our life isn't reflected here. Many times I've purposely chosen to put down the camera. I also don't want to exclude anyone... OR I've already shared the images in another post... OR I don't want this post to go on for days.  


July- the most whirlwind month of our lives and many "firsts"

July- the most whirlwind month of our lives and many "firsts"


August- several visitors and bunches of exploring, all on virtually NO sleep (three words- six month old).

August- several visitors and bunches of exploring, all on virtually NO sleep (three words- six month old).


September-a chill month, both literally and metaphorically.

September-a chill month, both literally and metaphorically.


October- the gateway into what felt like constant sickness, but fall is so beautiful in the PNW

October- the gateway into what felt like constant sickness, but fall is so beautiful in the PNW


November- back to AL for a visit!

November- back to AL for a visit!


December- a white Christmas, lots of packages, a birthday, many colds, but we enjoyed  the season!

December- a white Christmas, lots of packages, a birthday, many colds, but we enjoyed  the season!

January- can't remember too much from this month, because we were sick constantly. Welcome to new germs.

January- can't remember too much from this month, because we were sick constantly. Welcome to new germs.

February- we celebrate a year with this one, who, as it turns out, is a cake-enthusiast.

February- we celebrate a year with this one, who, as it turns out, is a cake-enthusiast.

March- the sun shines again!

March- the sun shines again!

April- more visitors, fun places, and great spectating (not us with that hang-glider, just FYI)

April- more visitors, fun places, and great spectating (not us with that hang-glider, just FYI)

May- Bryan has a big birthday and we drive through Cascade National Park. Next time, there'll be more hiking.

May- Bryan has a big birthday and we drive through Cascade National Park. Next time, there'll be more hiking.

June- Parks, friends, art-projects, and some preschool home-schooling going on!

June- Parks, friends, art-projects, and some preschool home-schooling going on!

July- Happy 4th, and woah, wait a minute, where did the year go?!

July- Happy 4th, and woah, wait a minute, where did the year go?!