It has been quite the year for us as a family. Ups and Downs that could never have been prepared for or expected, small and large emotional sacrifices and victories. As a family it was very challenging and difficult. Julie took the brunt of the parenting, I took the brunt of the work load, and the girls had to endure very little time with dad, for the first 6 months and probably more challenging, a LOT of time with dad the last 6 months.
It is a testament to our special girls, that through everything they heard, saw and felt with the business issues, they never lost hope and used a lot of laughter to cope with the changes.
A quick breakdown for those that haven’t been kept in the loop with what our familiar soap opera has entailed of for the last 14 months. Controller theft, sold 20 year old family Business, moved from Dallas, moved to Laguna Beach, got through transition of sale, Girls started 7th grade in California, Julie quit her counseling work in Dallas, started ramping up new company, got small office, Julie getting ready to start work in California, girls realize they are a year ahead in school, girls get straight A+'s, Riley joins Volleyball team, Morgan joins Soccer Team, Morgan starts playing the guitar, Riley starts Photography, We decide as a family there is no better time in our lives to leave what we have in place and experience the world. Literally 3 months of planning an around the world trip and we are ready.
No one in the family was complaining about the beauty of Laguna Beach, we all recognize the beauty, art, and culture of the southern California lifestyle, but I believe we all felt a certain call to look at something bigger than ourselves and to really experience what the world can teach us.... It seems like as a society we live in a world full of tomorrows, our society has become one of what we WILL becomes and WHEN will we be’s. It not about now, and how we are now, how we act now and how we feel now, but rather what we WILL do with ourselves?!?!.
It seems that we are defined about future moments and how we WILL act, how we WILL be perceived. Think about the questions most people ask from childhood on. WHEN will you get straight A’s, when will you be on a varsity team, WHEN will you go to college, WHEN will you get married, WHEN will you have Children, WHEN will you be successful, When will you?????? Conventional American thought has defined what we are supposed to do and when. Well here is our attempt as a family to challenge that equation and expectation a little and say NOW!!!! NOW is the time to experience different culture, NOW is the time to embrace others, NOW is the opportunity the universe has put in front of us, NOW is the time, to be a travelling family and embrace the experience we are so fortunate to have.
NOW is the time for our daughters to become students of the world!!
So we have started our planning for the adventure of a lifetime. But how do you plan something with so many unknowns? Where do you start? In typical Oberholtzer fashion, you don’t plan too much, just enough to make it exciting, educational and safe. We will keep anyone that's interested updated on our progress, Maybe it will be useful to someone out there, if not it will be a good way for us to order the events and keep us sane.
With Much hope and excitement