You’ve lived in how many homes in the last decade?

We have history of moving. A lot! Ever since we left our childhood homes in San Jose, California (Brett) and Newberg, Oregon (Laura), we’ve moved frequently for a variety of reasons. Job. Change of scenery. School. Most moves have been our decision, though, we’ve been more enthusiastic about some more than others.

So exactly how many places have we called home in the last decade? 17 to be exact.

We’ve lived in 17 homes in 12 cities in 3 states in 2 countries. Whereas moving to a new location within a city isn’t very much fun, it’s always been an exciting adventure to move from one city to another city or state or country.

4This Labor Day will mark our one year anniversary in the Seattle area. It’s hard to imagine living in a spot for more than two years since we haven’t done so since we met each other. Most of our moves have been without children which generally made relocating easy. Ethan was born in Eugene in 2007. He’s called four houses home, while Autumn is still on one (slacker). We truly love living in the Seattle area. It has a ton to offer in terms of recreation, events, culture, and more. I look west to see the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. I turn east to view the mighty Cascade Mountain range. I love my job and people I work with on a daily basis. There are many opportunities for Laura to attend graduate school and find work when the time comes. Ethan and Autumn have many learning experiences awaiting them here.

11Of course, I think children bring a new perspective on moving. While we want them to have the opportunity to develop roots in an area, have a place to call their childhood home, and develop deep childhood relationships as we were given in our childhood; we also want them to have the opportunity to travel and experience the world and to understand new cultures, lifestyles, people, and religion.  Having lived overseas for a year and half, we believe that the only way to truly experience a place is to live there for an extended period of time. Throughout our travels we strive to develop a sense of culture, understanding of people, and embrace society. This balancing act as we move will be our  forward.

14Though Laura and I started this decade in two different states, with two different paths in front of us, we’ve carved our (constant moving) niche in life and found happiness in the present….or in the present as we think of what the future holds.

We recommend that you view the Cities We’ve Called Home (Birth to Present) Map on our Google My Maps.

[Click on an image to view some of our homes and moving experiences.]

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2 Replies to “You’ve lived in how many homes in the last decade?”

  1. Too cool! I love the Google Map. How did you do that?

    PS> I’m getting closer to making J16 more usable. I found a WordBook plugin that will allow posting to FB automatically. Also, found WP app for my phone so I can replace FB functionality. Just need to find the time to experiment.

    Not sure if I am ready to jump back into the theme development. I could care less to play with PhotoShop and the like. Might just find one already made and improve the images.

    By the way, are you using Gallery for your images or the native WP functionality?

    1. Thanks for reading Jason. You can make a Google My Map by signing into your Google account, going to Google maps, and selecting My Maps. Select Edit and you are on your way to adding locations, selecting icons, and writing text. This is the first one I did and it was easier than I thought. I’m sure there are more features available than what I did, but it’s a great tool.

      It’s amazing how many plugins are available to integrate all of our websites and gadgets. I agree that theme development is not fun at all. I looked for many months for a theme I was comfortable with out of the box. I will eventually customize this theme, but I’m not in a hurry. Right now I’m focused on content and functionality. It seems I’m changing this site each day because I found a better plugin or I want to test a new plugin.

      For all of our pictures I’m using NextGen Gallery. With a few plugins to accompany it (such as the way you view the photos), it seems to be a great photo organizer and viewer.

      Again, thanks for following us. I’m looking forward to your website updates.

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