And We’re Off

My fingers were shaking and my heart was racing as I turned the key to lock my clean, empty home.  Everything was out.  Our beds, artwork, and vast array of books were tucked into the outbuilding we recently constructed.  The canoe was nestled into our walled off, half of the garage with our bikes, gardening tools, and dishes.  While my home was empty of its stuff, my mind reeled with memories as I mopped the floors.  Babies born, friendships forged, songs sung, meals shared, books read, games played, projects created, gardens grown are all part of the richness that Joey and I created together within these walls and on this little plot of land.

And ever so quickly, under the cover of night, we were gone.  The car was loaded down and a bit squirrely under the weight of 700 feet of line, an anchor, chain, books, games, art materials, and clothes.  If you do anything with boats and you find yourself in Bellingham, WA, you must make your way to Pacific Marine Exchange (, a store of previously owned marine equipment and supplies.  We saved an incredible amount of money there.  Now we just have to share the car with our bounty.

We are spending the day with family like friends in Kirkland, recovering from three days of a mad dash to get out of the house.  We are resting and getting ready for the long drive to more family and friends and finally the boat in Charleston, SC.  While we all feel some sadness in leaving our chosen clan, incredible friends, inspiring community, and lovely life in Bellingham, the joys of travel are upon us.


16 responses to “And We’re Off

  1. We’ll miss you! I stopped by the house today to see if there were signs hidden anywhere about for me to pick up, but no… and no worries about that. It was strange seeing it so quiet and tidied up for ‘storage.’ Can’t wait to read about the adventure as it unfolds!

  2. Have a wonderful adventure! We’ll live vicariously through you. Looking forward to hearing more.

  3. Ken Vance-Borland

    Bon voyage, Heather and Joey!!

  4. You are such an inspiration!! Love you all and can’t wait to see you 🙂

  5. Have a safe trip – look forward to seeing all of you.

  6. carrie bishop-cruz

    …sooo eery to drive by your house and see the absence of gaiety or gardening. No smoke coming out of the chimney, No Luca keeping watch. Em keeps making things to give to Junie. Your presence in the Raymond hood is missed.

    • Carrie, Juniper is also constantly busy making things for Emerson and Olive. She also keeps asking where she is going and requests to go home. She is rolling with it pretty well though. We all miss Raymond Street and look forward to coming back.

  7. Heather, I had no idea! I am so happy for you all and can’t wait to read more about your journey. Love to you all, and the best of luck on your adventure!

  8. Emmelina Mojica

    So glad you posted in the newsletter, otherwise I never would have known. Since then I have read all of your posts. I think your platform is developing quite nicely. I am so grateful to know you and your family and cannot wait to read more of your adventure. Much love!

    • Thanks Emmelina, I was thankful to see Lisiana after the assembly to give her a hug before we left, although I didn’t get to tell her much about our leaving. I’m sorry you had to read about our trip in the newsletter, but I’m glad that you can follow our adventure all the same. Thanks for all of you kind thoughts!

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