Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
Be aware of when an opportunity arises
and don't be afraid to jump.
Wendy Swart Grossman
Our house (RV) may be small
but the world is our garden.
Although we ended our home-schooling, family on
the road, 7-month adventure on March 4, 2010, we
are leaving the Web site up for all who are
interested. We are now based fulltime in
Brookline, MA and enjoying having that doesn't
move around and has real doors.
Here's what we wrote before setting out...
The stars are aligning...and we are channeling
our inner adventure spirit. With Evan
leaving his job the end of June and Wendy's
consulting gigs in the nonprofit world just not
profitable enough, combined with the boys
growing up faster than we would like, it
is one of these rare opportunities to regroup,
realign, and recharge.
We have loved living in London the past 6 years
but our accents and loud voices can't deny we
are Americans. Our kids don't remember living in
the US. In some ways, neither do we.
It is time to move home to the land of
drive-through banks, Fourth of July
parades, Trader Joe's, and smiling faces of
friends and family.
But we aren't ready to settle down just yet.
are pulling the kids out of school for the
2009/2010 school year and hitting the road.
When else will we have this chance?
The boys are at fabulous ages where they will
remember the adventures, can read their own
chapter books, write their own journals, and
Josh is strong enough to carry a full size
suitcase...with wheels of course!
Yet they aren't old enough to be too embarrassed
to be seen with their parents.
Most sailors know that sometimes it's better to
ride out a storm at sea, and rather than trying
to settle down in the midst of the greatest
financial crisis in 80 years, why not put the
cash in the bank, resist taking on any new debt
and have some adventures in the process?
We have to move anyway, all our stuff will be in
storage and we won't own a house.
Is this irresponsible or is this just taking
advantage of an opportunity?
Party on Garth!
Enough with the justifications!
This is an adventure on many fronts:
(1) Explore the US - Washington DC,
Philadelphia, Lewis and Clark, National Parks,
Compare the Largest Balls of Twine in Cawker
Kansas with the one in Darwin, Minnesota,
baseball stadiums and laundromats;
(2) Physical well being - biking and hiking;
(3) Spiritual - as Unitarians we are hoping to
check out various UU congregations on days when
they serve the free lunch;
(4) Community Service - we are looking into
various charities to do projects with;
(5) Family history and genealogy - hoping to
spend time collecting stories and video taping
(6) Our own family-of-four dynamics - Are we a
democracy or benevolent dictatorship.
An RV is in our future for the US portion and
then backpacks for the international pieces.
Needless to say we will be blogging,
facebooking, journaling, parking in your
driveway and mooching off your hospitality.