Laura and I met in England in the summer of 1995 while volunteering for Youth With A Mission (YWAM)–an international, non-denominational, non-profit Christian organization. It was there where we developed an understanding that the world was much more than our respective hometowns, gained a deeper appreciation for other cultures, and cultivated a desire to both connect with and serve the people we met along the way. We returned to the US later that year, were married the following summer, and have hit the typical milestones that one might expect out of people riding the “Conveyor Belt of Life” (more on this in a future blog) through the years: college, car, house, kids, corporate career, etc.
Laura and I have never lost our desire to experience the world and love it’s people. We’ve spent most of our marriage involved in local churches, local schools/co-ops, and earnestly serving teammates in the workplace (quick shout out to my friends at T-Mobile USA). However, our opportunities to see the world were relatively limited as we raised our young family. It seems like I’ve either heard or uttered the phrase “someday let’s visit [place]” hundreds of times in recent years.
So now what?
Now in early 2015, Trey and Kamaile are now old enough to travel well and appreciate new experiences; yet, young enough to still be excited about sharing those experiences with Mom and Dad. We’ve had the privilege of taking wonderful family vacations in the past couple years–Hawaii, NYC, Disneyworld, and Disneyland. Last year, Laura and I got the chance to take a trip to Iceland. Why? Why not? 🙂
As amazing as those experiences have been, over the past 18 months, we have been dreaming about spending more time traveling together before the kids got too old. Reality often quickly set in as we considered the time/resources/guts required to take a 6-month Sabbatical, or even a Gap Year. Yet, a series of recent events suddenly make those barriers, those excuses, go away.
We are now ready to embark on a journey to see the world and provide our family opportunities for service, adventure, education, and fun! This journey is our attempt to not let so many “somedays” pass us by. Somedayletsvisit.com is our attempt to chronicle that journey. We’re starting out with very little clue about where we’re headed, when we’re going, or even how to begin. We invite you to join us. Perhaps we’ll entertain you. Perhaps we’ll inspire you. At minimum, perhaps you’ll learn from the mistakes we’re bound to make along the way.