Posted: 8th May 2014 by in Journal

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WE MADE IT TO IOWA!!! We rolled into Iowa last Saturday and have spent the week trying to get settled in to life outside the hospital walls.

It is bitter sweet leaving our friends behind, our friends that we have been through so many life changing events with.  Those friends know about a piece of us that is indescribable.  It is going to be hard not to see them everyday. Our core group of friends from the hospital (we call ourselves the Walter Reed class of 2012…all those who stepped on a bomb in 2012 band together, forming this connection and bond) well that core group of friends already promised each other to go on some sort of vacation once a year together.  Since everyone is building a house or moving into different communities around the US, we thought each year we could visit one another’s homes.  We could see where everyone settled, meet the community that stood behind them through this trying journey, and catch up on each other’s lives.   We are definitely going to miss seeing the little ones grow up before our eyes.  We were able to see Chloe take her first steps, as her dad was re-learning how to walk.  We loved seeing Landon lose tooth after tooth, becoming the cutest gap-mouthed little boy.  Or welcoming two additions to our Walter Reed family.  Missing our Walter Reed family is the bitter part of the bitter-sweet move but having FaceTime, Skype, and group text will make the time in-between these visits easier too.  I know these friendships last as long as the wounds that started them, we are blessed to have made so many lifelong friend throughout this journey!

(Deep breath…wipe the tears away)

Switching gears, we are extremely excited to start the next chapter of our lives. This first week home we have been taking it day-by-day(just as we did when adjusting to the life altering change of living at a hospital; that traumatic change is happening all over again, but this time the change is for the better).   I am continuing my MBA schooling, which is taking up lots and lots of time and effort.  Taylor is continuing his college career and education.  When we take breaks from school it is usually to love on my nephews, spend time with the family, or hang out with all our friends.  We are hoping to finalize a purchase agreement on the perfect piece of land, in hopes to start building our future dream home… a place that is ours and the last transition of not living in limbo anymore.   <– Well there’s our to-do list for this week and the immediate future…. school,  spend as much time as possible with family and friends, and hopefully building a house 🙂


To recap on this past week of packing, road tripping, returning to Iowa, and getting settled in…

Organized packing is key when you are:

1. Moving across the country

2.  Moving into temporary housing

3. You know you are going to move again in the near future and won’t need to unpack everything right away.

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All loaded up and ready to make the trek from Maryland to Iowa.  With a 17 hour road trip a head of us, it is a must to fuel the body (5 hour energy drink) and fuel the vehicle!    Even with a 17 road trip and the van pack to the ceiling, creating one big blind spot ( I know not safe at all), we had big old smiles the entire way home!  We couldn’t believe it that we had finally broke free from the hospital lifestyle and DC havoc.


We made a few pit-stops along the way.  One was stopping at our friends house in Indiana.  It was the perfect halfway point for a night’s sleep.  Plus we hadnt seen their new place yet so it worked great!  We also stopped at some wind farms, Taylor is super interested.  We watched a documentary about them.  The documentary said they were super noisy so we had to check it out for ourselves.

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Our journey from Maryland to Iowa took two years of rehab, 17 hour road trip, and lots of ups/downs and different terrains but we made it back to Iowa!  We aren’t leaving anytime soon!


MILESTONES! MILESTONES! MILESTONES! The day we reached Iowa on our road trip  marked Taylor’s 2nd alive day (2 years post injury/blast) The past 2 years while we have lived at a hospital; we accomplished countless goals, have been presented with amazing opportunities, met some inspiring people, and made lifelong friends! May 3rd marked the 2 year anniversary, it also marked the completion of our drive/move home. We are ready for the next phase of our lives! With so many changes, one thing that will hold strong is our drive to keep challenging the “impossible.” Proud of all we have overcome and excited for what the future holds!!  I wouldn’t want to go through life with anyone else!!


Since being back, I was able to celebrate my cousins wedding festivities with my sister and lots of other family!

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with an awesome spread of deliciousness!! Thanks Mom!


Sort through mail from the past 2 years of us being at the hospital… It was interesting to see how the messages to Taylor and I evolved from the beginning, when he was first injured, through his rehab journey, and until where we are now.  We have had so much support to be thankful for!!





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