Sunday, October 1, 2017

Beginning our transition back...FROM LAND TO SEA

For those of you who may have followed us before (as "Sailing Autumn's Wind") you might have found yourself wondering... Where did they go???

Well, if you remember back in late Nov 2015, Ayden fell off the boat in the boat yard and was life-flighted to Miami Children's Hospital. We were in the FL Keys at the time of the accident, just finishing the refit of our Morgan 33' Classic "Autumn's Wind". 

Lets just say that the accident turned out to be huge GAME CHANGER for us!!! To make a VERY LONG, BITTER story short and sweet...we found ourselves at a crossroad! We could sell the boat (we just finished refitting) and move inland to seek better medical attention... or stay, and watch our son continue to slowly deteriorate. At the time of our decision, Ayden's neuropathy had become neuritis (a lot of medical terminology not really needed for this blog post) and it had moved from his extremities, into his face. The moment his Pediatric Neurosurgeon mentioned the possibility of it affecting his optic nerves (which could cause blindness), we knew what we had to do!!! We left our family refit adventure, and began a new adventure, in the BEAUTIFUL mountains of Colorado!!!

As much as we have tried hard to make this a new FUN ADVENTURE, the Krew was still completely heartbroken about selling our boat!😢 In fact, in the last two years that is all they've talked about!!! "Mommy, why did we sell the boat and stop traveling?"..."Are we ever going to buy a new boat?" ..."Mommy, will we get to live on another boat and travel again soon?" 

Now to the EXCITING part!!! Ayden's treatment plan here in Colorado has been a HUGE SUCCESS!!!  It has been a long road, but one I would take again in a heartbeat!!!
 As of Spring 2017, Ayden is off all medication, and has been cleared by neuro with a CLEAN EEG!!! This has made EVERYTHING TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! I mean, all any parent wants for their child is a clean bill of health...and now, with that in hand, we are ready to begin our transition back from LAND TO SEA!!! 



  1. Happy to know there was a happy ending - and looking forward to seeing you all out on the water!

    1. Thanks! We look forward to crossing paths with you guys😊

    2. In a series of random events I crossed paths with Mrs. Mckissick as she was turning in her keys to their apartment here in CO the day before setting off to FL to join their boat. I will never forget this day as long as I live and wanted to share what this has done for me with the Mckissick family and readers who come across this blog as this truly was a life changing experience.
      Apologizes for the length, but this was truly life changing for me.
      She was excited it was her last day at the apartment and I thought to myself, "Oh no, she is bursting with excitement to get out of these apartments, not good. Should I even rent here?"
      Then I hear her say she and her family were headed out to go live on a boat for the next few years, I had to chime in and exclaim my 10-yr. plan to buy a boat and live on it.
      She turned around and said to me, "NO, DO IT NOW! You may not be alive by then!"
      I watched her drive away in a sports car convertible and I sighed to myself as I sent her positive well-wishing vibes, someday......
      Thankfully she gave us her blog address to follow an I immediately came home to check it out wanting to live vicariously.
      I am looking at SV-Margarita and it dawns on me... that is not a $1.2m boat, wait, and the whole family lives on it? Why did I constrict my dreams to waiting until I could afford a $1.2 m catamaran??
      What finally sunk in was, if you truly want to do something, don't wait until someday when this happens or that happens, just do it at what means you have available.
      It has not been 24 hours since crossing paths with Mrs. Mckissick and I have already began to put my dream plans into action. I am now so overcome with joy about my dreams materializing before my eyes I have been holding back tears of joy.
      There is absolutely nothing from stopping me from living my dreams except ME!
      Sincere gratitude and enormous best wishes to the Mckissick family. You did more than inspire me and I will hold this memory in my heart.
      You kicked open the door for me to go for my dreams, priceless.

  2. I am so GLAD to have been able to inspired you!!! It is SOOO don't have to have a million $$$ ⛵ to travel and make your dreams a reality! Just take what you have and walk in the direction you want to go...and make it up as you go! Best of wishes to you on this journey, and I hope to see you out here on the water soon😘


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