What is our mission? Recently Chris and I were pondering this. Have you ever talked to someone and wondered…”why are they doing this?” Well, we did. We walked away from a conversation wondering what someone’s mission was. What was their purpose? This led me to contemplate what perception I give to others. Really, it’s a tricky thing. In the world of Photoshop, filters and Instagram perfect images…people mostly see what they want to see. I know I do. I intentionally follow the Instagram pages of those I love or those that inspire me. According to my husband, I more often than not, seek to find optimism rather than see my glass as half empty. I prefer things neat and tidy. This is what I want to see. I want to remember how adorable my tiny home is when things are orderly…not when it is a disheveled craziness after a long week of homeschooling and a weekend of travel. So I fill my feed with the photos that bless my spirit…images that make me smile, not cringe. What about you?
As I continue this line of thinking I am reminded that not everyone will look at my photos with the same interpretation. I wonder, how does that look through your eyes?
I once tried a business in a multilevel marketing company. I learned the value of “knowing your why.” (I also learned a bit about having a vision board…those are essentially my Instagram and Pinterest boards!…but that is another topic) So I ponder…is it clear to others exactly what my “why” is? Nope. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Wipeout. Ok…so many people do know my why. I willingly share my heart on this with everyone that is interested. But what about those who have not asked? What about those who catch a photo online? What about myself and my kids in 30 years? Will we all remember why or we will all just recall that we rode off into the sunset and traveled the country?
My mission is simple…my ministry is my children. The Lord has blessed me with the task of raising these little humans to someday (very soon), be grown adults. For each of us parents, this looks different. For the Barry’s, our goal is to raise Christ-seeking children who are independent and bear the Fruits of the Spirit, whom are educated in both life skills and academics and who understand and respect others as well as their own physical bodies.
I am truly blessed beyond words to have a husband who shares my same vision and who works diligently to afford me the opportunity to stay home and raise our children in this pursuit. We believe wholeheartedly that this is God’s will for our family at this time. In this season of our lives, our choice to travel with our children is our faith in action. We know that this is the path for our family…at this moment…in order to accomplish our goal. I will be honest, I do not understand everything behind this. I do know however, that we constantly receive affirmation as well as find blessings in the pursuit of this lifestyle as a family.
Over the last 22 months, we have grown together and dealt with character development in regards to being in close quarters (you know how kids love to sit shoulder to shoulder in the car for extended periods of time) and we have learned the value of addressing the issue at hand, lest the sun go down on our anger (you cannot send everyone of to their rooms and deal with it later). We have had an amazing opportunity to focus on areas in our parenting and in our character that needed to be addressed…oh yes, and we discover more daily! In this next season of travel, it is my prayer that as we continue to grow (all five of us), we will find significant opportunities to serve and give to others in this journey. There are so many awesome opportunities and ministries out there, we just need to find the ones that will work with Chris’ business travel and our journey. As with anything in life and parenting, there are seasons. We also find these seasons in fulltime RV travel.
Yes, we travel the country with our children in this grand adventure. We do not travel though, simply for travel sake. We travel in pursuit of our family goal. This life is brief and we do not know what tomorrow will bring. When the opportunity arose to ditch suburbia and pursue our goals through faith and adventure, we said yes!
It is my hearts desire that others will witness our journey and be inspired. Not because we simply travel and show our kids the states or because of the natural beauty that we see…but because we are intentionally living in pursuit of our family goal and values. I love witnessing what that means for other families, as much as I cherish reflecting on what that has encompassed for our family.
If you feel that you may be called to ditch suburbia too, our friends at Ditching Suburbia have some amazing resources for you to consider.