Living an Extraordinary Life One Ordinary Day at a Time

established in 1989

Todd and I have been married for 30 years. We started our family in Todd’s hometown of Payson UT.

In 1996 we moved our family of five to Anchorage, Alaska, my hometown, to start a new adventure. Todd built a thriving contracting business and I became a licensed midwife. Our family grew in size, evolving into a homeschooling family of twelve.

Adventure is in our blood! Whether it was a trip into the nearby mountains to pick berries, catch fish, or enjoy the wildflowers or a 2200 mile road trip to explore the western coast of North America we have done it with our kids. Kids are the reason for life! They bring joy and new beginnings to each successive generation.

Living Outside the Box

As the years ticked by, we were determined to become debt free and decided to build a house without a mortgage. With the help of our children, we cleared property and built a home surrounded by Alaskan wilderness.

Together we ran several businesses. Todd’s a talented woodworker, having been raised building cabinets with his dad. This allowed him to be a much sought after craftsman. But everyone needs a hobby, so we turned our interest in self defense into a thriving business. We taught everyday people, like ourselves, how to safely own and defend themselves with a handgun.

As midwifery became too big of a burden on my growing family, I opened a photography studio and eventually began to teach others how to tell the stories they saw through their lens. Over the years wanderlust and cold temperatures had me looking for something different. This led to a nationwide tour in 2014, traveling for seven months pulling our home behind us, as I taught photography workshops.

When we returned to Alaska we began to search in earnest for a way to travel full-time. We wanted to live completely outside the proverbial box. We dreamt bigger, simplified, set goals, became obsessed, and believed! In 2015 we hit the road again. While Alaska will always be home, new adventures keep us learning and exploring much of the year.

Sailing Away

While, crisscrossing the country towing a 31’ travel trailer, we’ve had four kids get married, welcomed five grand babies, and launched two missionaries. We currently have four children still at home.

In the summer of 2018, after exploring much of the US, we purchased a 46’ hurricane damaged sailboat. Together as a family we are rebuilding it, learning to sail, and preparing to sail around the world.

Welcome to our adventure!