29 February 2012
Work, downsize, and pack, paperwork, family, homeschool, life … repeat.
Trying to keep up with all that needs to be done with the clock ticking is quite wearing.
More things come up and more things go undone but I keep telling myself we’ll kick into overdrive and all will be accomplished.
On a brighter note, find some really great photos of Judith growing up and hopefully I’ll have time this weekend to post them.
26 February 2012
24 February 2012
23 February 2012
19 February 2012
18 February 2012
After many years of symptoms and poor quality of mind-set, we as a family found a specialist to diagnose what has been ailing all eight of us in recent years. After several hours of tests, it was determined that we all suffered from N.D.D. also known as Nature-Deficit Disorder.
As you can well expect, we were shocked by this news and were afraid of what this devastating diagnosis would bring. How would having a disorder change our life, what changes would we have to make, and most of all, would the quality of our life drastically change forever?
You betcha! The doctor wrote us out a prescription to move to the country, breathe fresh air, eat fresh vegetables from our garden, explore the woods, run through the meadow and take off our shoes and get some soil between our toes!
You know what they say … Doctor’s orders – Gotta go.
79 days and counting.
17 February 2012
16 February 2012
Well our adventure starts in less than 82 days and our present days are filled with downsizing, packing and stress. We’ll be moving from 1100 square feet down to 650 and many things have to go including half the children … only kidding.
The idea of relocating to 41 acres – most of which is wooded – without running water, a septic system, electricity, a kitchen, bed rooms, or even steps to get up into the mobile home sounds a bit extreme and crazy to some. But to us it sounds like a chance of a lifetime and an adventure of that the children will always remember. They are thrilled and ready to go and continually start sentences with “When we get to Arkansas …“.
Some of the added stress Joseph is experiencing comes from running a business while at the same time trying to close it down. It can be so difficult to know where to draw the line and when to say no to more work. He is also preparing his long-time customers for the prospect of finding a new contractor to replace him. Many are heartbroken to see us go.
Speaking of being broken hearted, moving far away is bitter sweet. On one hand, you can’t wait for the adventure to start and, on the other hand, you leave a life that you have been building for 25 years with so many great friends and a close-knit family. We love a lot of things about being in the same place for decades.
Daily life is filled with friends and playmates and millions of happy memories. All of our children were born, raised and schooled in this little house and we have a fond attachment that runs deep. We often talk about how it will be when we leave Hollywood for the last time. We’ll have to remember to pack the Kleenex!
There are so many aspects of South Florida that we’re going to miss, the many wonderful friendships, terrific relationships, and many good people. But just like a book each chapter brings a new adventure and for us the remaining, adventurous chapters will be spent in the country - living out our dreams.
15 February 2012
13 February 2012
I took Judith and Elise out to dinner at Catfish Dewey's in Fort Lauderdale this evening. It was an early celebration for Valentine’s Day. The food was great and I was out with the two most beautiful girls in South Florida, my wife and Girlie.
Excited to be going out on a special night with Papa and Mama
Driving on 95 in heavy traffic
False alarm, just bad New York drivers
The two most beautiful girls in South Florida, my wife and Girlie.
A relaxing time
I have a secret ... it's a gift for my little Girlie.
My little girl!
Just what she always wanted
My little Valentine
The chocolate tastes good too!
Back at home with my Valentine Judith