Lately the hubs and I have been desperately trying to research and find ways that our family, meaning all six of us, can travel and see more of what God has placed here for us to enjoy. Now that may seem odd to some, however for us, traveling to places outside of Orlando, occasionally New York, and Georgia, seemed like quite the dream. And what I've come to realize as of late is that most, if not all dreams, aren't free; they almost always come with a price. That being said, this year we became fed up with the limitations being placed upon us by companies with no real sense of a what an average family looks like. You see, my reality is that my cute little family is very darn beautiful, and ain't so little. Another very real aspect of our lives is that we don't make millions, don't have tons saved, yet we still want to expose our children to the beauty in the world. As parents, we want to invest more in our children, our growth as a family, and unique experiences that our children are sure to remember, always. This is a dream that we want to manifest into a reality for our family. So now the question is, how do we do this?
Well, the first thing that we've begun to do is get real with the idea of traveling. This means, figuring in costs, developing budgets, deciding on destinations, considering hazards, all of that! So much planning is involved in the process of traveling, especially traveling with children, that it almost makes complete sense to begin planning well in advance. That said, we are finally in the planning stages of our first international trip as a family. Well, it's more like, I'm in the planning stages of it. Because I'm a huge cheese ball, I actually want for this one to be a surprise. I'm almost convinced that I'll be able to keep it that way since the kids don't really read the blog much. At least I don't think that they do. So, plans start now for a trip that will prayerfully take place in April, 2018.
Where to? Well, you'll have to stay tuned for that one. But one thing's for sure, you'll definitely be included in the process; from beginning to end. Along with getting serious about family travel, I've also begun to get really serious about other things as well. One, for sure, being the direction of Kai Noelle. Over my much-needed break away from blogging, I've had plenty of time to pray, reflect, and really consider what is best for me overall. I'm at a place where growth is apparent and the need for fulfillment, on many levels, has really taken a front seat to all else. I want for Kai Noelle to comfortably transition into a place where family travel and ways to achieve, enjoy, and communicate its fullness comes second to God, family, and love. What's scary in all of this though is that fear is often associated with change. Will you all be as accepting of me as you've been in pastimes? Will you continue to "feel" me and "ride out" with me as I embark on a new journey? Will I be able to continue to truly serve God in the way that He so richly deserves? All of these are questions that I still have with regard to starting anew. Even in the midst of all of these questions, however, one thing is for certain and without a doubt, and that is that if my desires to please God are, and remain, sincere, then my desires will undoubtedly align with His. I will begin to see life as He does and develop the understanding that what isn't given to me just may not be in my best interest to have. I trust in The Lord's care and provision, so if one thing should put my heart at peace with all of this, it's that.
I'll begin to share more as the weeks, months, and years continue, but for now, I'll say this. Kai Noelle is me. I'm the daughter of the Most High, a wife, a mother, a sister to one, and a friend to many. But Kai Noelle is also a visionary, a creative, and someone looking to explore the world, with the people whom she loves most in the world. I want for our journeys and our experiences to become transparent. I want to share God, our family, our growth, and our travels, with YOU! Prayerfully, just prayerfully, you'll continue to journey along with us, as we love and appreciate you for hanging in there with us thus far.