We wanted to tell everyone a few months ago. We wanted to be straight about it every time someone asked, "So what cool adventures are up next?" We don't like having to sit on exciting stuff, even if it's mainly exciting to us.
But now we are free to share the next chapter. No, we are not selling the rest of our stuff to backpack around Europe (that was a real rumor). No, we are not moving to Central America (it was a slight possibility). No, I am not pregnant (just no).
We are joining Engineering Ministries International. Kevin will be a Project Leader, taking volunteer teams of design professionals to the developing world to design facility expansions, renovations, and master plans for Christian ministries serving the lost, broken, forgotten, and impoverished. He gets to use 20+ years of experience in engineering to leave a lasting impact somewhere outside of the Western world. Me? I get to photograph it.
Practically speaking, this means we get to do the whole purge/sell/pack/say-good-bye thing all over again in about six months. It means instead of blogging daily from a new national park we will blog occasionally from a new perspective. Rather than tales from great hikes we will have stories of God's great redemption. We won't be dodging moose and bears as often as we dodge stuff like malaria and mango worms, but that sounds like the stuff of excellent blog posts. Like the time in Honduras when I tried to hop a wire fence on a farm and learned that carbon fiber tripods will indeed conduct electricity. Or when Kevin spent two days on a horse with no name (really) following a guy who only spoke Spanish as they plotted the GPS coordinates of the farm boundaries. We named a truck after him. The Spanish man. Not the horse, obviously, since it did not have one.
We invite you to stick around. All our stuff from last year's travels is still here. Meanwhile, we will be sharing how we got here (this decision) and how we will get there (the next dream). Or more accurately, how GOD will get us there. Because that is a story that never stops unfolding, never stops being fun and exciting, and breath-taking and worthy of following.
Mango worms, malaria and nameless horses notwithstanding.
P.S. With this post, we officially launch our new(ish) site. The main content will change a bit, but all the content from our year on the road will remain accessible under the menu tab "2013 RV Trip."