4:48 AM and the purpose of life!

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Sep 12, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, June 24, 2012

We are only one more sleep away from leaving our home and the comforts of our life here in beautiful Summerland British Columbia and traveling around the world once again. Are we crazy?  Things could not be better right now - right here! Everybody's happy, wealthy and healthy!

What gets you up in the morning? What gets you out of bed when you had a difficult week? For months now I automatically wake up at 4:48 AM every morning. It doesn't matter what time I go to bed I automatically wake up at 4:48 AM.  Is it a sense of purpose or a sense of fear that gets me up without an alarm clock every day? Am I afraid to miss out on something therefore I automatically wake up or do I have something greater to accomplish that excites me about life which makes me wake up?

What about Monique? Monique is nine years old and this is her second major trip around the world. Monique barely turned six years old when we last traveled around world. What will be the impact of these trips on her life? 

James our second youngest is now 12 years old and I don't think he cares one way or another that we are traveling for 80 days. James loves soccer, to read, eat and listen to the Christian radio play "Adventures in Odyssey" while at the same time playing with Lego. 

Sophia, our second oldest is 14 years old who is only now beginning to articulate her needs and wants and growing into a beautiful young woman. Sophia loves to cook, read, surf the Internet, and chat with friends. 

Our firstborn, Sabrina has come of age! Sabrina is 16 years old, mature, focused, and filled with a great passion for life!  Thus our current adventure……………. a trip around the world leaving Sabrina in China to live on her own.

Let me make clear, we are not taking this trip for Sabrina rather it is an example of how Janice and I try to live our life and wish  all of our children to live their lives.  We have had many people ask “how can you let your 16 year old leave like that?” – Trust us, we have asked ourselves that more times than anyone and the best answer we could come up with was: How can we NOT?  To not let/encourage Sabrina go would be 'starving her' of who she is and who she is to become.

We all have goals and dreams. We see our children as young, immature, unfocused, selfish, and directionless. However as parents, we are more like talent scouts (agents if you will) watching and studying the development of our children.  Once we see a passion, a desire and/or a direction we figure out how we can be that “extra force” (i.e. encouragement)  by helping them move in that desired direction. 

I think I can speak for Janice here and for myself and what gets us up, what gets us excited, what keeps us moving forward is a greater desire to see our children reach their fullest potential than trying to get ‘comfortable in life’.  We are so thankful for our four children and looking forward to this adventure with them - seeking and filling their futures.

I am sure you don't have to wake up at 4:48 am every day (seconded by Janice) to be on fire for life but you do have to want something - and that's something is what makes you -  YOU
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Way to go, Sabrina, for knowing what you want and going for it!

Raymond and Janice, I admire the way you are raising your children. Enjoy your 2012 travels, and keep us all posted on the adventure.

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