As we near the end of the year and approach the five month mark since we made the move from the Southwest to the Northwest, I’ve been thinking a lot about how grateful I am for all of the opportunities that we’ve had and the support we’ve received in 2013.

I can honestly say that 2013 has been one of the best years of our lives thus far. From living in our first home together, to being engaged and married, then moving to the city we fell in love with, we’ve accomplished a lot in the last year. Though, we couldn’t have done any of this without the strength and support of our family and friends, however difficult it was for them to accept us moving 2,000+ miles away.

We recently flew to Phoenix to visit some of our family over Thanksgiving and although it was a short visit, it was great to see everyone and we all had the best time together. We knew that it would be difficult to leave and come back home alone to Seattle for the holidays, and we had been talking about growing our family for awhile now, so before we left, we arranged to expand our family by adopting an Australian Shepherd when we got back home.

We had originally planned on keeping our pup a secret, so we could send a message to our families once we had her home, with something along the lines of “So, we have a big announcement to make.”

But, anyone who knows me knows that I am a storyteller and that I like to share news like this, so we told everyone before we could go through with our plan. (I am glad it worked out the way it did, because a few family members did start to suspect that we were expecting. We’re not!)


Meet the newest addition to the Burm family: Olive.

She’s been home with us for a few weeks now and is everything we could have hoped for and more. We can’t wait for her to continue to grow so she can go on some hikes with us in the Northwest soon.

More photos to come!

Posted by:Caitlin Burm

Hi! I’m Caitlin, the creator of Burm Voyage, a blog sharing my family’s lives, moments, and travels across the U.S.

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