Big changes on the horizon here...and I promise I'll get into more detail in upcoming weeks. These big changes have kept me quite busy with dreaming, planning, thinking, researching, and apparently not with blogging.
A few weeks ago a friend on Facebook posed the question, "What makes a home?" An interesting question. Beautiful and complex in all of its simplicity. I've spent a fair amount of time contemplating that question recently. What's important to me? What do I want, need, desire to live a fulfilled, authentic life?
I consistently come up with the same answers. My family, simplicity, and a space to exercise my creativity.
And the things I don't want? Clutter. More space than I utilize. Excess. Working hard to pay the bills so that we can spend our free time cleaning, tidying, maintaining, mowing, etc. Having all our monthly mortgage payment go to the interest on our home loan - a home that we never intended to be our "forever" home in the first place.
So this evening, after spending some time with new friends on their 30' Newport sailboat at one of the marinas here in town we made a decision that was surprisingly easy.
This winter we will be getting our house ready to put on the market in the spring and we'll buy our own boat, joining a small but passionate community of live aboards. And I promise I'll be talking more about this as we go through this journey - leaving the land behind for a life on water - but for now here a few pictures from our evening out.
Our friends' boat:
Looking out past the marina into the Columbia River:
Walking down the pier - we didn't bring extra clothes for him, but it seemed optional anyhow....
Playing in the water - near a sand spit that forms with low tide.
Two peas in a pod. He spent the way back to the car telling his daddy about being a pirate living on a boat. You can't see it in the picture, but he has a fantastical wooden pirate sword tucked into the back of his shirt.
Choosing to live purposefully and with passion,