Wednesday, October 1, 2014

hello, Alaska {31 day series}


Welcome to October, everyone!

This month, I'll be joining The Nester and the gang for another round of posting every day on a topic for 31 Days straight. Click the 31 Days link to see what I'm talking about, and then enjoy perusing all the different month-long series which are linked up for all to see.

Last October, I was in way over my head, deciding the day before that I was going to write a 31 Days series with no prior planning or thought. Wow. Just wow. It was hard. I wanted to quit and vowed there was no way I was putting myself through that kind of misery again.

But, alas, here I am.

I've had a change of heart. I've decided to write a simple series on my beloved Alaska.
Welcome to hello, Alaska.


If you're new here, let me take a minute to introduce myself.

I'm Amanda. I'm a wife and mom of eight children. I've lived in Alaska for twenty-eight years, moving here when I was a little girl when my family was relocated here by my Dad's company. Scary stuff for a kid who thought she'd be living in an igloo, taking a pet penguin for walks.

But it has turned out alright. So alright.


In addition to being a wife and a mom, I'm a writer. Hence the blog. But I'm also steeped in ministry that I'm crazy about to women right here in this space, and also over at The Masterpiece Mom, where I'm the co-creator of the blog and podcast bringing hope and encouragement to moms everywhere.

Thanks for stopping by, I think this will be great fun.

Each day you can come expecting to take in a snippet of what life's like living in the 49th state. I can't promise I'll cover the whole of Alaskan life, but I can share life from my perspective.We'll discuss things like moose in backyards munching on branches, black ice, footwear, food, fashion, and termination dust. And we can't forget the mountains and rivers and crazy quirks too. I promise there are so many unique things about living in Alaska.

So tell me, have you ever been curious about Alaska?
What would you like to know?
What possible myths would you like to have cleared up? 
There are no dumb questions. Leave your answers in the comments.

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Each day's post will end up archived right here on day 1, so if you miss one or two or ten, come on back and get all caught up!

hello, Alaska
money in our pockets
let's talk size
is it really dark all the time in the winter?
fireweed
spring's not green
in Alaska it's called a...
termination dust
glory days
plugging in our cars
the lower 48
facebook news feeds look different here
I'm human
ain't no mountain high enough
it's the strangest thing
the Ferry and Jefferson Starship
Seward
moms who think outside the box
Iditarod - The Last Great Race
One of the Many Cool Things About Alaska


Do you know of anyone who'd like following along with this series?
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A fun way to check out what other people are writing these 31 Days is to type in the hashtag #write31Days on social media. Give it a try!

I'd also love to invite you to follow my Instagram feed for more peeks into family life in Alaska! This is me: @amandabaconbits

We'll see you back here tomorrow.





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17 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to learning more about Alaska from your perspective! I have a friend who travels from Tennessee to Alaska to work as a nurse practitioner for 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off, and it has been the adventure of her lifetime. How do you deal with the periods of constant sunlight and constant darkness and help your kids handle it, too?

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    1. Hi Amanda! Yes, yes. We need to talk darkness and daylight. Will do! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Amanda! First of all, this is my first attempt at the 31 day writing challenge! I'm so excited to see your link, because I've always wanted to go to Alaska and haven't been! I love to travel and it's at the top of my list!! AND, I'm perusing your blog a tad and see we have lots in common---encouraging moms, Compassion, the Lord!! So excited to find you!!!

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    1. Yay, Lindley! Happy you're here. :) Happy 31 Days to you!!

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  3. Yay! Alaska! We have lived here for 3 years so far...

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    1. Oh fun, Pattie! A most amazing place to live, eh? :)

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  4. I was giddy when I saw your button on the write31days blog. I'm super curious about Alaska. Here's my questions: do you know hardcore homesteaders like the people in the Alaska series? Do normal people {like your family} have to prepare for winter in an intense way?

    So glad you're doing this fun series! : )

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    1. I love these questions, Marian! Thank you. Happy 31 Days to you, friend. :) I can't wait to follow along with yours as well.

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  5. This is going to be so great, Amanda! Our topics complement each other nicely, yes? PS I love your graphics. xo

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  6. Oooh! How can I visit!?? :) That's what I want to know :) I'm excited to read along with you this month!!

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    1. Get on up here, Lexie. Not even kidding. !!! Happy you're following along!

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  7. We moved away from Alaska last year, and I miss it every day. We talk about moving back there, visiting, retiring...
    I never knew a place could feel so much like home in such a short time. Looking forward to hearing more from you! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lindsay! It's fun to hear from you. Alaska sure has its charm and ability to stamp a strong emotion on a person, doesn't it?

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  8. My boys and I drove to Alaska and spent a month their this past summer. We loved it! Looking forward to hearing more about it from a natives point of view.

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  9. Oh my word, I read them all! I am part Alaskan... as in, my Dad was in the Coast Guard and we lived there not once but twice. We lived on Kodiak (darkness 24/7 in winter! daylight 24/7 in summer!) and Juneau when I was in high school. In between we lived in several lower 48 states. I loved Alaska, the mountains, the summers, the SEAFOOD. I want to take my family up to see it and tourist around in several of the towns up there. You made me really miss it!! :)

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