Entries by Marcie


Making Miles

On March 6 we pulled anchor and left Sainte Anne and Le Marin behind. Six weeks we spent there adjusting to life afloat. The move aboard on January 23 was significant as we learned the systems of Kairos5. A few weeks in we added boat projects and a couple weeks after that school for the […]


The Hook

“Sailing is 90% boredom and 10% terror.” ~ Dave Bell circa 2003 Looking back, I’m sure this phrase was one that Dave picked up while cruising the Bahamas so many years ago. As a 23 yr old, this phrase enticed me. I wanted to experience that kind of life where you’re not quite certain what […]


Island Time

Island time is notoriously slow. Everyone jokes about it. Now we can say with utmost confidence that island time is even slower than Westside time. We spent the last fifteen years on the westside of Grand Rapids and like most city environments it has it’s own culture for timeliness. Some of us adjusted more quickly […]


We are now free to move about the world!

Huge news! The official papers from France have arrived. Kairos5 is now our boat in every aspect and we are thrilled. Our sights are turning north and (God willing) we will leave Sainte-Anne later this week. We are planning to stop a few times as we work up Martinique’s coast. St. Pierre and hiking the […]

Two weeks in

What a life this is! The highs are glorious, snippets of sheer delight and quality interactions; star gazing on the trampolines, snorkeling together (even Jude who rides on Dave’s back), swimming/playing in the water, meeting other cruisers with kids, and discovery together. (Three other cruising families invited us along for a hike to this pristine […]


“Is everything all right?”, Dave asked. I kept my face neutral as my mind raced to decide how to answer that question. Clearly, he was asking because my reaction to Asa breaking a glass while on dish duty was not gracious. We constantly tell the kids you get to choose – will you react or […]


Two Weeks

Two weeks out check in: Dave has transitioned from full time work to a flexible schedule. One vehicle has sold. (Anyone want a Freestyle?) Toys are packed and stored or packed and weighed. Plan B is in full swing. No shipping barrel (import tax, papers to French consulate, etc) so ten pieces of luggage with […]


Everything’s Breaking

It’s time to go. Everything’s breaking. Dave pulled his foot out of his winter boot and the boot split at the heel. The toaster was sparking and now the center coil is burned out. Adelaide’s lunch box no longer zips. Asa’s zipper pull sheared off his winter coat. Jude has only two pairs of school […]

Don’t make a Freestyle mistake

Late spring we rather tragically lost both our vehicles in the space of three weeks. That time will go down in family lore as the Great Car Debacle of 2018. The scramble to replace vehicles while keeping in mind we would sell them again in eight months was not an enjoyable process. We decided on […]

All the Feels

Ode to Grey Socks Grey socks, grey sock how warm were you Grey socks, grey socks until my toe poked through. Grey socks, grey socks you must go in the trash Grey socks, grey socks all the tears I will dash. Farewell grey socks, I bid you adieu You will always be remembered as trusty […]