Chevrolet Suburban 1500’s ignition turned on July 14, 2014 at 08:46AM near

Latitude: 40.57596533976795
Longitude: -111.9373767381621

via Automatic

As excited as we are for our new adventure,we are sad at the reality of leaving so many of those we love behind. I don’t think the kids quite understand us moving away from our family. I never grew up around family and only saw my relatives every couple of years. One of my great desires is for my kids to grow up around cousins, grandparents, and other relatives. I have greatly enjoyed seeing those relationships with family from over the last couple of years and it makes me so sad to know that we won’t be around them in person anymore.  I am grateful for the opportunity that we have had to be around our family members and am grateful for technology so that we can FaceTime/Skype with so many of them from far away.  All the goodbyes we have said have brought many tears and it has not been easy at all. Knowing that our place is in Alaska and that is  where our Heavenly Father wants us to be makes the big adventure worthwhile and bearable.   I am grateful for the chance to go on this adventure  and look forward to all the many wonderful experiences and challenges that it will bring.   -Staci
Funny moments from today:
Cali told Tenzing to put on his headphones so he could hear the movie. Tenzing replied, “I can’t put them on. I am trying to concentrate!”

Wow. Our trailer is packed up and our other belongings are in our car. We are really heading to Kodiak, Alaska.

We need to thank our friends and family that came and helped us get all packed up on Saturday (and for the last three weeks!). Your contributions saved us time, energy, money, emotional stress, and so much more. Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts.

We love you all so much and we are so grateful for the impact you have made in our lives.
Closing up the trailer!20140713-093413-34453585.jpg



Staci and Amber



Megan providing some moral support!20140713-093413-34453106.jpg

Jethro and Ben Flexing Their Muscles20140713-093411-34451733.jpg

The Hakkarinen Family (Mike, Linda, and their son)20140713-093412-34452729.jpg

Jethro and Ben squeezing the last boxes in. 20140713-093414-34454079.jpg

Ben, Brian, Jen, Margot, and Michelle (some ladies from work). 20140713-093412-34452064.jpg

Some camping gear.20140713-093415-34455466.jpg

Susan, Dave, and Cali enjoying some pizza.20140713-093414-34454602.jpg

Kristen with her kids and Eloise! 20140713-093415-34455141.jpg


A time lapse of our farewell pizza party