Sunday, January 5, 2014


Despite having "oodles" of time* I have yet to fall into a regular blogging pattern.  You could technically replace blogging with just about any verb but that's my issue.

There is a lot to catch the internets up on, and by internets I mean the few friends I know who actually read this thing.   So here it goes-- the mega post.

We wrapped 2013!  We declared it the year of Faith and although we had less tangible goals than we have had in the past we have had several heady conversations as a couple about what our life together should stand for and how God fitz into the greater plan.   The other big win from this was the peace I felt in light of the many unknowns around us.  Although there is less to write about regarding faith, this really ended up being a good theme for 2013.

So a year in recap--
  • We added to our family.  After three and a half years, countless documents and developing friendships with the local bank notary, we have a son.  I know I am overdue on giving a Simon update-- but he's doing great. He certainly deserves his own post and I'll do my darnedest to give a meaningful update soon.
  • I directed Matt in a play-- The Importance of Being Earnest.  It was a ton of fun and equal amounts of work.  This will probably be the last Fitz-family production** for a while.  Heck of a send off though.
  • We celebrated a lot this year-- the centennial of my college, the weddings of two of my best friends and many other daily joys.
  • I made the bold transition to a stay at home mom.  This was planned (keep reading) but came a little earlier than anticipated.  I am glad to say that it is going better each and every day.  Truth be told, I don't think I realized how exhausted I was with the career/ family thing.  Although I am still finding my groove, I feel more confident in my ability to do so. 
  • After many hours discussing faith in general and the construction of our little family,  we have made the decision to move to Ketchikan, AK for an 18 month family sabbatical.   The Mary Oliver quote from above has been bouncing around my head more frequently lately.*** What do you intend to do with your wild precious life?  Well, I don't know about the rest of y'all, but I am going to live on a remote island and contemplate the beauty that is my children while they are still children.  And eat salmon.
The Fitz Family New Digs
 So 2014 will be a very different year for us-- we are set to leave Minneapolis in a few weeks and are excited about what this next year has in store.   We also haven't celebrated our 5th anniversary yet (which was December 31) so no discussion on an annual mantra.     I celebrated the new year with a flu/cold thinger that knocked me pretty hard on my arse.  All resolutions and deep thoughts pending until I have the energy to think with both hemispheres and possibly less a toddler.

*And a healthy dose of sarcasm.
**My sister in law Mary was even in the cast! 
***As in more frequently since college.


  1. You have had a full and blessed year Dana. So cool to see the highlights. Exciting to see you have some new adventures ahead for the year. Congrats on being a stay at home. I also made that decision a year and a half ago. Bumpy at first but now wouldn't change it for the world.

  2. My sibs did a five year stint in Alaska and loved every minute. It's GORGEOUS up there. Enjoy!! And if you get a chance to drive the full length of the Dalton Highway, do it.