πŸ™‚ This summer has truly been a summer of possibilities. Like I said, I planned this trip to Massachusetts with very little in mind other than: working, family time, and catching up with far away friends. Then as the date approached, even more good things appeared in front of me… and then I actually came here, and BAM:Β a dream happened. Marlowe and I are officially starting to pack up again. In five short days: We’re heading to Hawaii! We’ll be finishing our summer adventure on Oahu, cooking for the more than wonderful:Β Fortuna Family. I cannot wait. In between cooking meals for everyone, we will be spending our time on the beach, exploring wildlife, cuddling a baby… and also: working on another fun project. This trip came up so completely unexpected. Maryam and I had talked about it back and forth, but I didn’t know how truly serious she was about flying me out there. Well, I guess she was pretty serious because before I knew it, a confirmation email arrived, stating that my flight was booked. We’re sad to leave our friends and family in Massachusetts much quicker than expected, but this is absolutely an opportunity that I would be crazy to pass up. I’m so grateful that children adjust so well and so grateful to have such a supportive family, uplifting and reassuring me that: though they will miss us, I am absolutely making the right move. I cannot wait. I feel so truly lucky to have this opportunity. Blessed really, to be able to pursue my dreams without having to sacrifice my family. It has been and will be so wonderful to have Marlowe by my side, every step of the way. She is going to love it. LOVE it: two little boys to play and explore with, one little brand new baby to give kisses to, beautiful sunshine, and beach time every single day. What a dream life for both of us.

**the photo above was taken a few days before heading to Massachusetts, when we had NO IDEA that Hawaii would be in our future. Maybe Marlowe has been secretly wishing for this all along πŸ˜‰


  1. That sounds like an amazing opportunity! Hope you have a blast. btw – one of my family friends recently changed their last name to Fortuna – I got excited when i saw the link and thought maybe they had a blog – but nope, different Fortuna family πŸ˜‰

  2. This is so awesome! I'm SO THRILLED for you two! You deserve it and it sounds like just the beginning of so much more excitement and opportunity!!!

  3. seriously?! Girlfriend, the universe is diggin' YOU right now. How fantastic. I'm admittedly jealous of your new adventure and your ability to pick up and go. Ah, what a dream…Oahu. I'm happy to live vicariously through you and your amazing pics that I'm sure you'll share with us soon enough πŸ™‚ Aloha!

  4. How wonderful.. what a dream come true. 2012 is an amazing years of possibilities and I think some amazing miracles are happening for many people. Just wanted to tell you, we are moving to hawaii too! We currently live in New Zealand and will be moving to Maui by the end of the year, with the generous help/support/$ of my lovely amazing mom. So yay for Hawaii, beaches and paradise! xx

  5. ahhh! I am so happy for you. Seriously Drea, this just gave me goosebumps. What a wonderful adventures. And, you'll be embarking on this journey with another amazing woman, Maryam. Congrats to you both πŸ˜‰

  6. Wow, that's an amazing opportunity! You would have to be out of your mind to pass that up! Good luck on your new adventure and I can't wait to see your posts from Hawaii πŸ™‚

  7. What a fun new adventure! I hope the flight goes smoothly and that you and Marlowe get settled in quickly. I look forward to your posts from Hawaii!

  8. hi drea, just wanted to say how happy i am for you and marlowe! what an amazing summer this is turning out to be for you two. best of luck on your travels, looking forward to all the pretty stories & pictures to come…
    love sarah (from native home)

  9. Some of my best memories are from living in Oahu with our twins. You're going to have an amazing time!!

  10. what a wonderful experience this will be!!!
    i can't wait to see all the pics & posts from hawaii πŸ™‚

  11. That's an amazing + crazy opportunity! I am more than sure you guys will have loads of fun. πŸ™‚

  12. Wow congratulations! can wait for all the Hawaiian posts πŸ™‚