In 2014…

… we lived a full life.

We laughed, we cried, we made mistakes, and we made progress.
And to give you a little glimpse, here’s our 2014 via this fill-in-the-blank quiz.


We gained a new appreciation for the magnitude of a cross country move.

We lost the security of a predictable life when we left Marion.

We stopped at plenty of restaurants to try their milkshakes.

We started acknowledging issues in our individual lives and determined to address them together.

We were immensely fulfilled by the time we were able to spend with family.

We were frustrated by our failure to stay in consistent touch with close friends and family. 

We were so embarrassed that we did not get a Christmas card out in 2014(!!)

Once again, we tried pho in nearly every city we visited.

Once again, we didn’t find the world’s greatest bowl of pho. (We intend to travel to Vietnam to find it!)

The biggest difference between us last January and this January is we are warmer in Alaska than we were in Marion.

We loved spending time sharing meals with friends, new and old.

Why did we spend even two minutes arguing about silly things?

We should have spent more time being silly and telling jokes. (i.e. What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday? Aye matey!)

We regret buying seeds for our garden in Marion (we never planted them and then left during prime growing season anyway).

We will never regret buying a plane ticket for Hobbes to come up to Alaska even though with that money we could have bought 3 new kitties in Alaska.

We spent time staring at screens way too much.

We didn’t blog consistently enough.

Gas prices (particularly in the Yukon….$7/gallon!) drove us crazy.

Was Justin Bieber crazier than ever last year? Or was it just us?

The most relaxing place we went was the Takhini Hot Springs near Whitehorse, YT.

Why did we go to see a production of A Christmas Carol during a tornado warning? We spent most of it sheltered in the boy’s locker room.

The best thing that we did for someone else was support Mercedes so that she could go to school, stay healthy, and keep learning more about Jesus. (Meet your own child to sponsor here.)

The best thing that we did for ourselves was decide to get jobs that we enjoy, despite the pay cuts.

The best thing someone did for us was coming to help us pack and clean our entire house when we left Marion. (Thanks Katrine!)

The one thing we’d like to do again, but do it better, is sell our things, pack what’s left, and head somewhere new. (Coming in August 2015!)

What did you do in 2014? We’d love to know how you would answer some (or all!) of these questions too! Now that we’re a week into the new year, maybe you are finally ready to look back too 🙂

  • You guys definitely had a great 2014 & I know 2015 will be even better! We’re excited to come visit you in March! And again on your next move 🙂


    • Yay! Yes, we can’t wait for all that 2015 will bring 😉 We are already brainstorming fun things to do in March.. we’ll have to have a little facetime session to talk about it as the date draws closer!

  • i’m so glad you decided to move hobbes. getting new kitties just aren’t the same. 🙂 justin bieber moved into atlanta and the entire neighborhood filed a complaint trying to kick him out. 😛 also i must know where your fave pho places are now! we love our pho, and found a handful of decent places in LA and Vegas.

    • Haha yes… Hobbes was never in much danger. Although we are going to have to rehome him, at least for a few years and possibly permanently, when we move abroad. So sad!! I try not to think about it, haha. And that is so funny about Justin Bieber. Tyler got a kick out of that little bit of trivia. And as far as pho goes, I’ll have to have Tyler compile a list. Our favorites are in different cities, but I’m sure we can pick out at least a top three!

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