What does it mean to have a big life, and is it really possible in small town? I’m a thirty-something graphic designer married to a software guy. We love to travel and have lived in several great big cities, but in 2005 we decided to move to a small town. Partly we were just ready to leave Washington DC and move back toward our beloved mountains in the West. We also got some inspiration from Rich Kaarlgard’s book Life 2.0, which I highly recommend. Our small town of Sandpoint, Idaho has 6,000 to 8,000 residents, depending on the time of year and how far out into the county your census goes (and who you ask). We do not have Whole Foods Market, but we do have an enthusiastic local whole foods movement. We do not have Trader Joe’s, but we sometimes trade out services! By living a big life I mean not getting stuck in one place or one category; exploring new things, being open and always learning. In a small town that means you have to seek out big city culture sometimes, but you can also learn and do amazing things in your backyard. Our biggest adventure over the past two years has been our adoption from Ethiopia. On May 15th, 2011, we arrived home with our three children, ages six, four and 14 months. It’s been a crazy and wonderful roller coaster ride!