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I am Dianna Wehr.
I started this blog in 2017 in Alaska as my husband and I were severing ties to our 9-to-5-wishing-for-the-weekend-and-retirement existence and heading into unknown territories … both physically as we set off to explore the world, and also mentally as we left the comfort of our normal routines. I was recovering from multiple miscarriages and setting an intention to live well despite the inability to have biological children of my own. Soon after, the universe tilted on its axis and a pregnancy thrived- although life took a different trajectory, I’ve kept the blog to document, remind, focus and connect.
The Past and Origination of this Blog
Rodney and I both grew up in Alaska. We met in 7th grade, went to the same high school, and we even danced together at senior prom. Nonetheless, our paths lay along divergent trajectories – or so it seemed. For about 10 years, we made our separate ways through the world, with marriages, graduate studies, oceans and continents between us. And then, in 2010, our paths intersected again … right back in the same small town where we first met. Since then we’ve forged our way together.
We started this website back in 2017, when we had decided as a couple to move past the years of heartache and emotional turbulence caused by infertility and to give up trying to have a biological child of our own. Instead, we wanted to refocus our energy into creating a life of less stress and more “living.” At that time, we planned to leave Alaska in August of 2018 to pursue the lifestyle changes we had been dreaming of: an indefinite period of slow travel with the goal to merely live fully and deliberately.
Only a few short months after typing out those plans (and purchasing the one-way, non-refundable tickets to Europe), we found out that a) we were pregnant again, and b) this pregnancy seemed to be holding on for the long haul. We couldn’t believe it, we were really going to have a baby!!!! Instead of throwing out our travel plans completely and sinking back into “normal,” we moved down to Ecuador to regroup and to have our baby girl. After 5 months at the equator, we spent 6 months visiting family in Alaska and California and visiting old friends and making new ones in Europe. We tried “settling down” in Spokane, WA which lasted all of 6 months, we survived covid-19 quarantine in an apartment in Cuenca, Ecuador (where I gave birth to our son) and now we’re in Tarqui, Ecuador, doing our best to enjoy our kids and our slower pace of life.
* Originally posted on 16 November, 2017, Updated 28 January 2020, 07 May 2020, 07 May 2021 (what a weird coincidence!)