This blog is for me and for you. It began 2009 as “Chelsea in Jerusalem” so that I could document my journeys in the Holy Land. And I’m so grateful that I continued recording thoughts and adventures since then. I started out at happychelsea.blogspot.com, and when I recently moved away from blogspot to my own url (how cool), happychelsea was already taken. So naturally, I used the portuguese word for happy, FELIZ. I looooove portuguese so very very much. And I’ve been very blessed to be a rather happy girl for many days of my life. So thank you for visiting felizchelsea and enjoy my wanderings and ponderings.
I am an Alaska girl with a semi nomadic soul and I seem to view the phases of my life based on the places I’ve been. My first 18 years of life were spent living and growing in Alaska, with exceptional parents and three siblings who have become my very best friends. I temporally left my Alaskan home in 2007 and I headed south to find more constant sunshine. I studied Health and Wellness and Intercultural Peacebuilding at BYU-Hawaii, and I played at the beach and frolicked in the mountains. Laie, HI is a very sacred place to me and the relationships made there helped form me into a much better human.
In 2009 I was so very privileged to spend a semester at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. I turned 20 in the Holy Land, and I made unforgettable friends and had the most unforgettable experiences. Those four months traveling around the Near East will always be a bright light in my story, and it was one of the greatest influences in helping me decide to serve a mission.
In 2010 I became a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I served in and around Vitória, Brasil. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my time as a missionary, and people I grew to love so much. My mission was such a sacred, dedicated time, and a period where I felt wonderful peace and joy. It was hard, there were many moments I wanted to come home, but that year and a half was one of my greatest. Goodness, there are so many people there that I just can’t wait to go back and hug. And there’s lots of fruits I want to fetch from the trees!
I returned home to Alaska in summer of 2012, and went back to my usual summer boat cleaning, which is excellent. I also met Mr. Christopher, who would shortly (or not so shortly) become my dearest companion. We got married in Alaska on winter solstice of 2013, and sealed in the Manti UT temple in December 2014.
Chris and I like adventuring around, whether it be with family and friends in Utah or California, or anywhere else in the “Lower 48” (as we Alaskans call it), or here in our Alaskan backyard. We have our pooch, Miss Edelweiss, and two funny mother and daughter cats, Bel and Piper.
We have a precious baby boy named Apollo, born 19 November 2016. He is light and love and brings me joy and keeps me on my toes. Being a mother is the greatest yet.
Another darling baby boy, River, joined us February 2019 and it is so nice growing together as a family. Babies are heaven sent.