Today is special in so many ways! For many, October 18th is observed as Alaska’s birthday.

Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States, which occurred on Friday, October 18, 1867.

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For our family, today is our one year anniversary with Alaska. The day we arrived in Alaska, 365 days ago. It is incredible to believe that one year has passed since we set foot (or tire) in the Last Frontier. Each day has brought the unexpected in different ways, which continues to keep us on our toes.

Three moves in five months was a bit chaotic, knowing that our plans include to move once more in several months — hoping for a more permanent residence. The Lord has blessed us every step of the way with love and encouragement from family and both new and old friends.

I am not sure to call it culture shock, repatriation, life in Alaska, ministry in a congregation rather than a world mission or a combination of all of the above… took a stronger toll on me than I ever anticipated. I am endlessly thankful for the unchanging grace and Word of God that led me through these unchartered waters.

I hope to share all our spring and summer adventures in the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned!