150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville

Last March, I went to the 150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Bentonville in Four Oaks, NC. I had never been to a reenactment before so I was very intrigued by it and looked forward to going for a few weeks leading up to it. (Thanks mom for the invite and ticket!) It was a marvel witnessing the sheer number of people who saddled up, dressed up, and showed up to do this. The uniforms were incredible, each unique while still being historically accurate. I found myself in the woods, completely by accident, as they marched to the battlefield! It was a perfect opportunity to photograph everyone up close since during the battle there was not much access for anyone to photograph since it was so far away on a flat field.

I still find it hard to imagine that the Civil War was only 150 years ago. Brothers and Friends fighting one another in the backyards of regular citizens. I wont¬†get political here so I’m not touching “the discussion” with a ten foot pole, but for Dan and I, this war has always been fascinating.¬†I highly recommend reading the book “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara and it wouldn’t hurt to watch the classic (1993) film “Gettysburg” if you really want to nerd out. (We own it….)

Here’s a rundown of what this battle was all about:¬†http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/bentonville.html

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Happy Mother’s Day 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to our Moms.

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Photos thanks to Mike and Allie Photography.

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Out of the Office: We are in ICELAND

Hi readers! We will be out of the office from now until May 4, traveling to Iceland and then moving into our new apartment in Portland. We will get back to everyone as soon as we can once we are back in the USA and have a desk set up.

Since we have never been to Iceland, we dont exactly have a great landscape photo to share with you so here are our bags and our boots, packed and ready to go! Farewell for now! See you again soon!

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Your Big Scary Dream

Recently, Dan and I were at a crossroads. It was a good crossroads, one that had two pretty good roads to choose from, but a crossroads nonetheless. Im keeping my cards a little close to the chest until we have everything set in stone,¬†but I¬†think it’s important to share the big picture stuff with you to serve as an encouragement to you for you to keep on moving forward.

Dan and I are both adventurous spirits. If you haven’t clued into that yet, thats completely ok, but Im assuming you’re new around here.¬†In the span of our 7 year marriage, we have been on one epic kayak trip that lasted 8 months, we have moved from place to place a total of 11 times, which included 2 tents during our outdoor adventures, our stuff has all been packed up and stored 4 times. All this while we started a business together, AND…. stay in love!

This past week we were faced with a decision that boiled down to one choice: Go for your big scary dreams OR Settle down, Grow up, and Get comfortable. The allure of both options was truly hard for us to choose between. As you read, we have been on the move, making our dreams come true, for a long time. It’s not easy to do that! We are both pretty tired actually.¬†Each of our dreams and subsequent accomplishments and/or failures each took sacrifices and this one will be no different… and probably even harder. The risk is bigger. We don’t have any guarantee it will work. ¬†People think we are a bit crazy I think. Big Dreams take sacrifice and tears and self-doubt and risk and making choices and saying NO to somethings in order to have different things.

So in the face of choosing comfort, we once again chose a Big Scary Dream. Im here to tell you that you can do that too.

That dream you have, the one that keeps popping up in the back of your head, give it a chance. Take one step today… right now, that explores the possibility to making that dream a reality. Write the first chapter of your memoir. Name your future coffee shop. Research that adoption agency. Buy that film camera. Just don’t give up.

Imagine your life with that dream as a reality, and then remind yourself that your one precious life is worth giving it a go. 

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  1. You two are my favorite adventurers. You inspire the hell out of Matt and I and I love seeing you guys chase your dreams. Can’t wait to see you tackle whatever is next. Your kind of crazy is my favorite kind. <3

  2. Alright, I’m going to suggest that you are “grown up” because you are kind, generous, and awesome. And “settled down” because you make decisions and compromise with your husband and your dog. But I totally subscribe to living life outside the comfort zone…sometimes…just not your “grown-up” or “settled” metrics. Wishing you guys all the best! As always your adventurist enthusiasm is contagious.

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Life Lately List: April 13, 2015

Happy April!

I feel like this year is racing by…¬†racing by so fast you can physically feel the wind¬†as the dates rush by. Here’s a rundown of things:

It seems like we just began work on the renovations here at the trailer in the OBX of NC, and there is still so much left to be done! I confess to not taking nearly as many photographs as I intended to with this since the slow progress was hard to get excited about. We only have a week or so left to work on it so we are scrambling here near the finish line, and I use finish line loosely. Hopefully by the time we are back in Maine (May 1) we will have finished 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Yes, that took us 3 months. #redheadreno

At the¬†end of last month Dan and his best friend drove the ALCAN Highway, roadtripping from Anchorage to Raleigh. It deserves it’s own blog post but it was kind of a big deal worth mentioning here too.

Last week we went on a whirlwind road-trip UP to Maine in order to find and sign for an apartment. In the span of three days we went to Maine, looked at NINE apartments, chose and signed for one, and drove back here to NC.

Next week we are leaving for a ten day trip to Iceland that Dan gave me for my birthday last year. Yes… in the middle of all this we are going on a vacation. Yes thats nuts. Yes we need it now more than ever.

Did I mention that we are tired? I am so glad that we are going to have a month to get settled back in Maine before the wedding season begins. It will feel so good to nest again, and not be living in a renovation project.2015-03-08 07.24.32Alaska Road Trip 0010

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