The idea of traveling the world, or bits and pieces of it, has been a long-time dream of ours. Brad and I love to travel and have had some of the most amazing times of our lives overseas in foreign places, speaking foreign languages and living as foreigners, but only for brief periods of time. Now, we have this incredible opportunity to open our children’s eyes and hearts to a 6-month journey traveling across all 7 continents.
Our goal is to broaden the life perspective for all of us, by meeting families from diverse backgrounds and environments, participate in a number of service learning projects in places like Indonesia, Cambodia, South Africa and Chile and simply see more of the world than we have thus far in life. We want the bubble that we live in to burst in the most dramatic way through experiences that will amaze us, awaken us and scare us, maybe all at the same time.
To be perfectly candid, I am nervous…we will find ourselves uncomfortable so many times that I am certain we will wish for home, comforts and safety of what we know now. I am also intrigued by the dynamics of our family spending 6-months everyday and every night together…how will we grow, how will we fail, how we will react to life out of suitcase, how will we feel having these opportunities to grow, learn and make a difference in our souls? Mostly, I am excited…travel has been the best source of growth for me, personally throughout my life. Living in Italy as a child, sea kayaking through Baja, Mexico as a young adult, getting married in Italy and now this.
I am blessed with a husband who is willing to pick up and keep dreaming. I am blessed with a daughter who sees the world with the most optimism of anyone I know and I am blessed to have a son who appreciates and understands the impact this live experience will have on him. Thank you, family for giving us all this gift of time, love, confidence and desire to set free on this journey.
We will miss you, Naniabob…we know you will have a tough time without your grandbabies, but we promise to come back stronger and deeper and we can’t wait to see you somewhere on the road.