I want to thank all of you for your positive and encouraging response to our most recent announcement of the changes coming for our family. (If you missed that post you can read about our new journey here: http://judahsjourney.com/2013/04/07/somethings-moving-somethings-changing/ Many of you have asked some great questions. For those of you who may also have questions, here are the answers to the ones that were most frequently asked:
What about Chad’s job? Chad’s business, http://www.ideavibe.com/ is mobile. As long as he has a computer and phone, he’s in business.
What about the children’s school? Our children home school. For the first two months of our trip they’ll be on summer break. After that we’ll home school wherever we’re located.
What about Judah’s doctors and therapists? We will be all caught up with our regular doctor visits for Judah before we leave. Also, Lord willing, while in California we will be seeing one of the top therapists in the country who’s had tremendous success working with children like Judah.
What about Judah’s hyperbaric chamber? It’ll come along with us.
Where will you keep your belongings? In storage here in Lakeland until we know our final destination.
How long are you going to be gone? As of right now we are unsure. We could be gone for 2 months, 4-6 months, or permanently.
Why are you traveling to Minnesota? Chad’s family lives there. Our original plan was to vacation there this summer for a time of refreshing for our family. It’s been years since we’ve vacationed in MN during the summer months. We’re excited to show the kids what MN is like without snow :) and what it’s like to swim in lakes that don’t have alligators. It’ll also be a tremendous blessing to have help and support from relatives.
Why are you traveling to California? I grew up in California. We’re excited to travel out that way to see family and show the children the places I loved visiting when I was a child. We’re also excited to stop in Denver, CO on our way to CA to visit precious friends who recently launched a church. We will also be pursuing some additional therapy near San Francisco. Our length of stay in CA will depend on how well Judah responds to the therapy and how the Spirit leads.
How does this fit into your budget? We are moving out of our home and getting out of our lease – this will eliminate quite a bit of our bills. Fundraising efforts like our puzzle fundraiser will help with the cost of therapy in CA.
How have your children reacted to the news? Overall, they’re very excited to visit family and friends. They have their moments of tears and will miss their friends here tremendously; but they know we’ll return to Lakeland – whether for a visit or to call Lakeland home.
Do you know where your final destination will be? No. We are seeking the Lord and will continue to follow one step at a time. Chad recently summed it up best: “We don’t yet know where we’re going, but we do know the One we are following.”
Thank you for your continued prayers as we prepare for this new journey. We love you!