our life, upended...

Joy Follows is Noah Star + Julie Jane, and sometimes little Moses Moon...

Even before that first kiss, we somehow knew we were meant to make beautiful music together, but as it is with Seattle traffic in particular and most of life in general, getting there often takes far longer than anticipated on a road riddled with potholes. The Spring of 2013 found us just minding our own business, cozied up at home, deeply in love, and thoroughly exhausted by life. It wasn't exactly out of the blue, but our lives were abruptly upended when someone spoke that most horrible word: cancer. The six days between diagnosis and treatment might as well have been years. Desperate and just days away from four months of chemotherapy, we asked our friends and family to pray for an all out miracle and went back to church for the first time in far too long. I walked in feeling sick. I walked out feeling well.

In the months that followed we prayed a lifetime's worth of prayers and cried a lifetime's worth of tears. We spent those months believing the unbelievable and learning to trust in a good God who is able to turn even cancer into a good gift. I did not go to chemo, yet within four months I was cancer free! It was a slow miracle... healing my body, captivating our hearts, and utterly upending our all-too-comfortable little life.

The day we got the good news was the day we quit our income. Within three weeks, we had rented out our place, packed up our things (and Moses, our not-quite-two year old son), moved out of our home, moved into the mid-80's camper van we'd literally just purchased, and driven away. It has been the most amazing, most aggravating, most unexpected adventure... with countless new friends and epic challenges and beautiful memories all along the way.

The year after I was declared cancer free in late August of 2013 was unprecedented: 9 western states, 14 countries, 20K miles in a VW van, and 30,000 photos. After months on the road during an impossibly cold winter, we found ourselves heading to Jerusalem, where we spent 11 life changing weeks making music, falling in love with that glorious place, and writing many, many new songs. We left that city on a hill just one day before the relative peace in Jerusalem was shattered, and headed for Europe, where we traveled anywhere and everywhere in yet another VW camper van. For six weeks we sang over towns and cities from Copenhagen to Prague to Rome. We worshiped on mountaintops, from the northernmost point of Norway to the highest meadows in Austria to the tallest mountain in Switzerland...

After settling back into our home, it didn't take long before we realized that very idea of home had dramatically changed, as had we... and the mountains continued to call our names. In the Spring of 2015, we downsized dramatically and moved 90 miles north of Seattle to the gateway to the glorious Northern Cascade mountains in the Skagit Valley to Noah's home town of Marblemount. We bought a flatbed trailer, a few windows and doors, and began building the tiny house on wheels we'd been joking about for over eight years...

So we find ourselves now out on yet another long limb: laboring to enter into rest and making music while fashioning our own little tinytopia. What you'll find below is our story, which begins in the middle and which we hope will end with yet another new beginning. We pray our music and tiny adventures will inspire you to find your own wild faith and chase after your own crazy dreams...