Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Our 10 Year Anniversary


TODAY is our 10 year anniversary of a life changing event. Mom, Ammon, Bree and I took off on an adventure that lasted four years and took us through 80 countries as a family, changing all of our lives forever. It’s incredible to look back and see how much we have accomplished individually and as a family since we took that leap of faith, left our normal lives in Vancouver, Canada and flew to China. Each step we took for the next four years was a mystery and gamble that ultimately took us to where we are today. Since then I have grown so incredibly much and become a person I would never recognize as that same teenager who left kicking and screaming ten whole years ago.
                                                                       During our trip  

  After the trip
As a family we made unforgettable memories and shared the most incredible experiences. Together we have stood in some of the highest and lowest points on earth, jumped from planes and bridges, learned to scuba dive in the Red Sea, trekked by camel back in the Sahara desert, slept under the stars in the Himalayas, walked on some of the oldest creations in the world, relaxed on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and lakes, shared meals and slept in local family’s homes throughout West Africa and Afghanistan, listened to locals’ first hand experiences of wars and ventured to Timbuktu and back again!
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                           Nepal                                                                            China
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                      South Africa                                                           Dominican Republic
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                          Sahara Desert                                                           Timbuktu
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                               Sudan                                                                 Maldives
Bree has since become an incredible stunt woman in the movie industry, Ammon has become an air traffic controller and I have become an author.
After falling in love in the deep dark jungles of Africa I moved abroad and became an expat in Holland at 18, visited 100 countries and wrote two books.
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                                 Then                                                                             Now
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I am so excited to see where else this life will take us because I know there is so much more in store for each of us! I love watching my family grow and form their lives around things they love and are passionate about.
PS. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sandra who greeted us on the other side in Hong Kong for the very first days of our trip. She is a big character in Book 3 so you will get to know her very soon.


At 10:44 AM , Blogger Jonny Blair said...

10 year anniversary and 80 countries? That's a phenomenal achievement! Well done and safe travels. Jonny

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