Hey. Hi. Hello.

Welcome to our sailing blog. We are traveling the world in search of people who shine like stars. Join us!

Dream Monkeys And Ruining Your Kids' Lives

Dream Monkeys And Ruining Your Kids' Lives

Afraid that the monkeys in her dreams would climb up the side of the bunk bed to “get” her in the middle of the night, our 4-year-old tearfully decided that instead of sleeping in the top bunk she would sleep in the bottom.  {You know, because the monkeys apparently wouldn’t care to harass her there.}  

The terrorizing dream-monkeys showed up just a few days after we sold our house, got rid of most of our possessions, and moved into temporary housing until we secure our next home — the boat {what our daughter calls the “sea house”}.  During this time, our sweet girl cried, “I don’t want everything to be different!  I don’t want to live in a sea house! I want to go back to our house in Bryan where my bed was across the hall from you!!” 

I held her as she sobbed into my shoulder.  Unable to grasp our hope for a future full of big, colorful story, she ached for her previous corner of familiar.  

And I wondered aloud to Mitchell later: what if this big change ruins our children for life? 

After all, our move also uproots our oldest from friendships developed over a decade and removes both girls from a character-building dance school as well as a spiritually vibrant church family.  

Even Mitchell and I have had moments where we’ve questioned this new life journey, thinking we might be a touch insane leaving the safety of our established home and solid employment for the exact opposite of something “established” and “solid.”  

But with a conviction that we’re not called merely to live a safe life, we move through these uneasy feelings, knowing this is the way we’re to go.  To live an adventurous faith-walk looks a lot like stepping forward in the dark, being sure of what we cannot see but trusting the One who can (think Hebrews 11:1).  

So while we have moments of feeling like big change will ruin our children for life, we’re having bigger moments of hoping this big change will train them (and us!) to move forward in spite of uncertainty all the while listening intently for next steps and trusting wholeheartedly in the Author of the journey.  

And I guess, when I think about it that way, I’m hoping this experience WILL ruin our children — and for life … but in the best way possible. 

How We Chose Our Boat

How We Chose Our Boat

Selling The House...And Everything Else

Selling The House...And Everything Else