At the time of this writing, in February 2020, my family is in the middle of some major life changes. My husband just got the shocking news that he is being laid off. Our daughter, Ziva just had her Bat Mitzvah in Rincón, Puerto Rico. Our New Mexico home is under construction due to structural problems. Our belongings are spread out between the New Mexico home’s garage, a storage unit in Austin, Texas, friends’ homes in Orlando and West Palm Beach and our minivan in Okeechobee, Florida. We currently have no home base. Although we do know where we are sleeping tonight I can’t say the same about next week. We have been traveling as a family full-time for 7 months now and I am tired.
They say when you face a big, unexpected life change — say the death of a loved one or the loss of a job — you should not make any drastic changes in your life for several months, until the dust settles a bit. But we set this up in a way that we really have no choice but to make some big family decisions right now, and that is typically how we roll. Our unpredictable way of living would probably send many others off the deep end. For us, it is just par for the course. Over the years we have come to trust each other and to believe that whatever comes our way, as long as we are together, we will all be okay. When she was little, someone asked Ziva where her home was and she responded, “Home is where my family is.” That sums it up for me.
So, as we face the uncertain future together, I am grateful for this New Mexi-Castaways podcast which gives me the chance to pause and look back to a very different time in our lives. This episode is from early 2015, when Ahava and Ziva were in elementary school and we were working together to create a film called, “Sofia and the Mysterious School,” with the help of some amazing professional filmmakers and some really awesome kids. This was before we left New Mexico and moved onto a sailing catamaran. Before we became full-time travelers. It is fun for me to think of how much we didn’t know back then. I am also keenly aware of how much we still have to learn today.
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Lots of love,
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