A little less than a year ago, we made the decision to homeschool our daughter. I won’t go into the intricate details of what led up to our decision here, but it has always been a silent whisper of my heart that began getting louder and louder until the message was so clear we took action. I have decided to share some of our stories and moments here on this blog as an inspiration to any parent who may have that same whisper upon their own heart. In April, we took our first three week road trip as a family and it set us upon a road we never considered taking. It set our hearts free and ignited a wanderlust inside of us that brought something unique and sacred into all of our lives. This summer, we took another trip that was recently featured on Wildling, a beautiful magazine for free spirited families. It is such an honor to be a part of this community. We have had a wonderful beginning to our new school year and I encourage anyone who has the yearning to homeschool to go for it! You will have days of profound joy, days of increasing doubt, tears of happiness and tears of frustration, but that is life. I believe in doing life in a way that fills your heart and speaks to your soul. Life is messy, but when we get our hands dirty we can embrace the beauty of creation. Homeschooling has also given us the freedom to travel and pursue some of our passions in a unique way. Traveling offers children an opportunity to see the world and push their limits in ways that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do without these experiences. It was amazing to see these things through their eyes and to watch them bloom right before ours. I truly hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed the adventures and that you will leave this post feeling inspired. From Austin, TX to Las Vegas, NV where Daddy played the WSOP; we stopped in Marfa, Great White Sands, Sedona, and Monument Valley along the way. It was an incredible trip and we are so grateful for these moments with our children, for the ability to show them this beautiful world with the intention that when they grow up they will protect it and nurture it. The trip matured the children in a way that I simply cannot articulate and secured a friendship between them that is priceless. Seeing the world through my children’s eyes fuels the wanderlust and free spirit that has always lived inside of me and I am grateful to be able to capture it all through my lens. I am also grateful that we decided to take a leap of faith and chart unfamiliar territory to venture out into the great unknown when we decided to embark on the adventure to homeschool. May you listen to your heart and follow your dreams, the rest will fall right into place often in unexpected and delightful ways!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.