Saturday, December 26, 2015

What a Year...Farewell 2015!

I can't believe that the time has come to bid farewell to 2015! I have been in a mood of reflection while I watch the girls play with their holiday gifts.  It is hard to believe how many changes we have made this year.  Even though we have a plan and things are falling into place within that plan, it all still feels very surreal.  I still wake up and can't believe that we have actually accomplished so many of our goals this year.  I stand back and look at Empyrean in her slip and can't believe she is actually ours, all ours!  We are really doing this!

This year has been such a whirlwind of happenings, really all for the good!  We launched Southwind, then we sold all of our belongings, moved into our trailer and purchased Empyrean! The girls have all adjusted so well, it is amazing!  We had a tiny Christmas, which was a change from our much larger Christmas tradition, but it really felt good.  The girls didn't ask for a lot and everyone was really happy with the few items that they each received.  Zoey, who is 3, asked only for a backpack from Santa and has been thrilled filling it with items that send the rest of the family into a frenzy searching for missing necessities. We all enjoyed family time, sharing a meal, playing games, and looking at holiday lights.  It really was a perfect day.

As I look at what we have accomplished this year, I am super excited to see what 2016 brings.  Each day we are learning more and getting closer to making our sailing dream a reality.  It is sometimes scary to think that this time next year we will be celebrating the holidays on Empyrean somewhere in Mexico!  The coming months are going to be filled with lots of work and tons of new experiences for the whole family.  We will be working hard to get Empyrean ready for our travels, getting paperwork such as passports, registrations and licenses taken care of as well as lots of doctor visits to ensure we are all healthy and up to date on any required immunizations for travel.  I am expecting a flow of emotions to accompany all of this activity as we prepare to leave family and friends plus no one really likes to get shots ;)  and I am sure we will all have some apprehension to leaving the familiar.  Overall there will be lots of excitement for what lies ahead.

We can't wait to share all of the adventures of the coming year!  Hopefully we can inspire others to realize their dreams no matter what those dreams are!  It is possible to make a dream a reality! Stay tuned as we set out to achieve our dreams!

Happy New Year!

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