Whether it’s by dressing the part of pre-Revolutionary colonists in colonial Williamsburg, picking cocoa with Belizean Mayans, climbing ancient ruins in Mexico, enjoying a traditional tea in Japan, or hiking the 2000 year-old rice terraces in the Philippines, we seize hands-on education with the world as our backyard.
We love to travel “deep.”Slow travel allows us to do more than check off another location.We become global citizens as we get to know our neighbors, attend local churches, shop local markets and live in authentic neighborhoods.Travel is not a race to a destination, but a journey to be savored. We also have been traveling “wide” since 2007. We are currently trekking overland from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Argentina in a 1991 Toyota/Winnebago RV.
We have five biological children, two born abroad. We have been called the United Nations family since we have four adopted children with ethnic backgrounds in China, Egypt, India and S. Korea, each with special needs. We have found that travel has given them “wings”; they are not shackled by their labels of profound autism, cerebral palsy or quadriplegia. All of our children thrive while living “range-free” on the road. We recently gave birth to our ninth child here in Mexico. He surprised us with the gift of Down Syndrome. He’s the sunshine of our home.
Travel quickly becomes meaningless if lived only for one’s self. Sometimes that means bringing a wheel chair to a child in need. Other times, we head up building projects, bring food to the hungry or just spend time volunteering at local orphanages. We also visit local temples, shrines and cathedrals. While we respect ethnicity, diversity and open dialogue, we are Christians. As such, we believe the Bible to be entirely true, share our hope with those interested, and yet maintain friends from a wide range of beliefs.
Grab yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea and join our discussions on education, be inspired to follow your own dream, and pick up some tips on making family travel a success. Prepare to laugh and cry with us as we share our travel adventures and blunders with you.
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