Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Unless we're reviewing our life, we'll never be sure of what we've missed -- or what we're missing out on.
Here's What You Missed... That was the subject line of an email from Google Photos -- the place where we store our 75,000+ photos from the last 12+ years of travel and 35+ countries.
When I clicked the link, it took me to a page that read 'Rediscover this Day' with photos from October for the last several years.
Here's what happened to the Dennings in Octobers:
Photos from our one-month-new home base in Georgia, USA, plus a backpacking trip to North Carolina.
We spent the month in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico hanging out with worldschooling friends and launching our Extraordinary Marriage course.
Parker & Greg returned from their trek to Base Camp in Nepal (where he bought me a gorgeous elephant tapestry).
Went also hiking as a family in the Southern Utah desert; hiked Angel's Landing in Zion National Park; visited by our friends the Kellys; and dressed up for Halloween in our saris from India and jellabas from Morocco.
We traveled to the Netherlands, visited Amsterdam, Zaans Schaans, and the North Sea. Climbed 533 steps to the top of the Cologne Cathedral trying to induce labor (didn't work). Later, gave birth to baby #7 at home in Germany.
Rode camels in the Sahara desert; swam in the freezing cold pool at our riad near the medina in Marrakesh, Morocco where we spent three months; took a trip to the beach town of Essaouira; drank mint tea every day; went to a Moroccan wedding.
We lived on an organic farm in Costa Rica; ate a lot of tropical fruit that grew on the property; played in the Baru River and went to the beach -- a lot.
Lived on 'The Homestead' in the highlands of Guatemala (which would later become the base of Cultiva International); Visited Chichicastenango, the largest market in Central America, and the Giant Kite Festival in Sumpango, Guatemala.
Lived at our rented a house in Panajachel, Guatemala (where we stayed for almost two years and co-founding Cultiva.) Went to the Pana fair and rode the Ferris Wheel; flew kites in Pana. Mostly we hung out and homeschooled with our friends the Jensens and Kellys.
Overlanding in our truck with a rooftop tent. Visited Tombstone, AZ; Crossed the border into Mexico; stayed with friends in Lake Chapala, Mexico (and got super sick! Not their fault :)
Living in Homer, Alaska. Brand new baby. Carved pumpkins and got in a car accident (Oct 30) while in costumes -- it would alter the course of our lives.
A tough, but good, time... we had just moved to Northern Georgia, USA after running out of money in the Dominican Republic. ANOTHER failure. We lived there for six months but just couldn't figure out how to fund it online.
We moved into a small house in Georgia that we exchanged labor and improvements for rent (to fix up the place). These were the only photos I had for the month.
Another difficult -- but good -- time. We had just lost a LOT of money and our income in the stock market crash that year. So we left Costa Rica, where we had been living, and moved back to Utah. Greg got a job as a waiter at a restaurant and we started over.
We considered going back to 'normal life' and giving up on our dream of traveling the world... but as you can guess, we didn't. We rejected the mortgage and high paying job offer that soon came ($100k+ a year) and in 2009 moved to the Dominican Republic instead.
We were living in Costa Rica but came to Utah for a visit. We stayed in one of our rental houses. This was soon before we began to lose everything in the market crash of 2008.
I'm always in awe of the amazing life we've created.
Each one of these pictures could be a post or two... or even a book! I really do feel like we've lived multiple lifetimes.
“Some people say they have 20 years experience when in reality, they have one year's experience repeated 20 times." -- Stephen Covey