taking flight in 2017

The New Year has come leaving last years decisions behind.

At the start of each year we are re-designing our infrastructures. Getting rid of chaos, evaluating tough decisions, being more compassionate, working on our health and beliefs. It’s basically our time once a year to take time to invest in ourselves and to also be forgiving of ourselves.

Our family will take flight in 2017. We are going abroad to live. We will spend and lend ourselves to this family this year. We are planning on leaving late spring to early summer and plan on being gone for a full year. The itinerary isn’t set in stone yet. We have an outline for our jumping off points and where we want to start for optimal weather conditions in each area. We are hoping to get input from people all over the globe on must see places and activities. So, if you have any suggestions please comment! It would be extremely helpful. We are travelers. Together we have been to 23 countries and many more separately. I’m a Sagittarius and we have a lust for travel. There’s nothing better than discovering a place I haven’t seen before.

A favorite author of mine Toni Morison said,

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

I’ve been measuring my life for years and years through several journals. This next adventure we’ve decided to go on will create new words for me to record. I don’t want to become indifferent to life.  The things we have all selfishly torched to the ground in our lives while trying to find happiness; I want to give beauty to the ashes of those experiences.

I have the voice of a poet

The voice of peace

The voice of song (often off key)

The voice of passion

We are taking flight into a New Year

69 thoughts on “taking flight in 2017”

  1. Cant wait to see what adventures await you and your family. I hope to join you in some of the places your journey brings you !

  2. Take flight!!
    I know you’ve heard me say it your whole life “Healthy Birds Fly Away”.
    Can’t wait to see where this year takes you all. And We can’t wait to visit!!! Oh yes there will be Gran and Honey visits!!!

      1. Hello
        My name is Arianna I am 19 years old and soon 20 years in October. I am French, I live in lagny on marne next to Paris. I am in high school because I did not have my exam last year but I would like later to make hotess of the air. My parents are divorced and I live with my mother. I speak a little English. I went two years ago in a family in the United States, I found this family on the internet, writing at school and the family of Los angeles contacted me, my dream is realized, My parents were afraid to let me go but in the end I experienced something unforgettable. I took care of the children, the meal etc … and I am by the same occassion became godmother of the little boy who has just been born. This adventure made me grow.
        I am a caring person, I do not smoke, do not drink, do not go in the evening, I am respectful, attentive, hardworking, funny, warm … My favorite color is pink. I have been playing the piano for 13 years and I love photography. My favorite dish is fish and chips but I also love the pasta. I love cakes and especially sweets.
        To live this adventure would allow me to meet you, and to meet the whole world, I would like you to trust me to your children, I will know how to bring them love and joy.
        You could make me grow and I would have to take responsibility. I am probably not perfect and you may have much better candidates than me but I may be something that differentiates me from others I am UNIQUE. I hope to be the one who will have the chance to meet you and love you. It is up to you to make your choice but my heart beats very quickly to the idea of hearing my name as happy elected. Thank you

  3. Hello,
    Just looking for the nanny application.
    I am a single 58 year old female in good health, currently in Mexico. Ready to go on my next adventure. Love kids, don’t have any grandkids yet. Can teach, do housework, cook and have many talents.
    Have a passport and very little baggage!
    Nancie

  4. Blessings to your plans for you and your family…

    May you find happiness and share them with the people you meet along the way…

  5. I applied for the nanny position. If I don’t hear back, I recommend you visit Machu Pichu in Peru. Tonga and see the hunback whales and their calfs. Finally being Scottish I think you should visit me here and I will take you on a tour of my amazing country

    I didn’t realise you had a little girl, I only mentioned your boys. I hope you have an incredible year together.

    1. Thank you for the travel ideas! Our itinerary is not set in stone in any way so we just may hit you up in Scotland 🙂

  6. Honestly, your plans to travel with the kids are so great. It’ll be great for them to get to know the world and visit new places. I would have loved travelling when I was little, and I’d still love to travel today. When you come to Germany you can give me a shout out, I could offer you a very nice but still not pricey place to stay (if you are going to go to North eastern Germany that is). I really hope you find someone suitable to school your kids. I would love to apply but I don’t have any background in schooling apart from quite a few siblings. You guys seem to be a very nice family and I wish you all the best for your trips.

  7. Hi.
    I saw your video on facebook today, what a woderful experience you are giving your children. If I was not planning a wedding for Oct of next year, I would be jumping at the chance to be a nanny for you. Some of the places you are going are my dream spots to visit. I wish you safe travels, I hope you find tbe perfect nanny for your beautiful children. My son is now 20. They grow up so fast, so you giving them these memories and expising them to such different cultures is wonderful! Happy New Year! Have a year filled with fun and adventure!

  8. Hi.
    I saw your video on facebook today, what a woderful experience you are giving your children. If I was not planning a wedding for Oct of next year, I would be jumping at the chance to be a nanny for you. Some of the places you are going are my dream spots to visit. I wish you safe travels, I hope you find tbe perfect nanny for your beautiful children. My son is now 20. They grow up so fast, so you giving them these memories and exposing them to such different cultures is wonderful! Happy New Year! Have a year filled with fun and adventure!

  9. If I can suggest -> do not miss Finland and Rovaniemi, the Official Home Town of Santa Claus. Search for Joulukka – Santa Claus Secret Forest. Best experience you will ever have with kiddos. They are booked fast so I suggest that you write to them well in advanced!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion! The kids did say they wanted to go to Santa’s house so I am adding this destination onto the list!

  10. Hey there ive applyed to be your nanny but if i dont here back i hope that you and your amazing family have a wonderfull experience traveling may god watch over you and your family as you travel and let the lord lead you in the right direction

  11. I applied for the nanny position! Looking forward to hopefully meeting your family! If not, I look forward to following along as you travel! Best of luck in finding the perfect person for the job!

  12. I applied for the nanny job and I hope you find the perfect match for your family.
    In Sweden I was working with children with special needs and also in a triplets family to help ( During highschool)
    I´m currently an au pair in the US and I work in a five children’s family. Im home with all five of them all day because we do, homeschooling. I´m familiar with the concept and I love it.
    I hope to hear from you.

    Love, Anna!

  13. What you’re able to do with your family and the risks your taking to live life fully and abundantly is INSPIRING! I am excited to see we have mutual goals and dreams! Praying the most suitable opportunities come our way!
    I am already grateful to know about you & wish you the best on this journey!

  14. Wonderful post, and opportunity! I applied for the position, but regardless…this is now on my list of blogs to follow! Thank you for including the world in your adventure! May everyday be fun, filled with laughter, risks, and experiences that bring you all together as a family! Looking forward to either experiencing the journey alongside you, or watching it from afar! What an awesome family you are!

  15. Be sure to visit Ireland. It will be the best stop of your journey! If you need help finding places to stay let me know. I’ll be glad to help.

  16. This is amazing and will be such a great thing for your family this year. I am doing my own world travels for the better part of 2017 or I would definitely be applying as your nanny. You and your kids are going to experience so much this year and I am excited to follow along on your journey. What may not make sense to some, is exactly what the world needs more of. Wishing you all the best and praying for a year of abundant joy and adventure!

  17. What an inspiring and interesting family! Have just applied for the nanny position and I am so excited to hear back from you!

    I am 25 year old Australian primary school teacher, looking to broaden my teaching experiences. What a perfect way to do it!!

  18. I would love to talk to you about your trip… I can’t nanny as I have three kids of my own, but I write curriculums for families that travel the world!

  19. Please visit Croatia and Bosnia! Croatia is a hidden gem with lovely beaches, old towns, and a stunning national park (Plitvice!). Bosnia has such deep heritage and culture, wonderful people with a painful history. Both are well worth the trip!

    1. We have been to Croatia and will most likely return there on this trip! It is a beautiful country! We will look into Bosnia, we haven’t been before. Any suggestions on places to see there?

  20. This genuinely sounds amazing, you’ll have an incredible time and gain so many new friends and experiences. I would apply but i am travelling myself come August (only for 5 months though). If you manage to make it over to the UK i highly recommend a visit to Wales (slightly biased). I could possibly help you out with some accomodation as well if you did make a visit.

    I hope you find your nanny and enjoy your life changing adventure.
    “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

    Regards,
    Tom

  21. You need to meet me. I am a professional nanny who have traveled with families and have the love for children and people, experience and skills. I have completed your questionnaire where can I email my CV? Very excited to hear from you since reading your exciting plans for the year. Kind Regards Hanneke xhx

  22. I have a background in education but by far am not the most qualified. For those saying it isn’t enough money they obviously don’t love children and adventure. If you don’t love those two things you shouldn’t be a nanny. Two things I love are adventure and children so if you are still looking I would be happy to join and when kids through fits they are kids but people first sometimee listening is the hardest but the best and small bits of structure on an ever changing adventure is a must.

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  24. What an amazing opportunity for the perfect nanny! I sent in my application and am anxiously awaiting your decision! Even if I am not chosen, I have traveled as a nanny on the 1st National Tour of WICKED on Broadway for about two years, so I know the ins and outs that go along with living, traveling, and working with a family. If you have any questions on some situations you might come across when having a nanny on the road with you, I would be more than happy to help you out! It can be a little tricky in the beginning until everyone is on the same page so I would love to help out with some things that might make it a little less hectic from the start. Especially if it is a new situation for everyone, it can take some time to get everyone on the same groove! Good luck in your nanny search and happy, safe travels for everyone! What an adventure! ❤

  25. I want to travel with my little girl, she is 2 years old and I want to give her the opportunity to know many amazing places at woldwide, also if I improve my English level I will get betters jobs opportunities in Costa Rica I went to finish my professional of accountant and I would save money for that.
    If I would take care your cutes kids I doit the best way and with much happiness in my ear.Thanks for your family time

  26. I’m interested for being the lucky nanny!! I’ve been searching up for where to send my application; is there an email or something?

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  29. hola muy buenas noches me interesa y encuentro muy atractiva vuestra propuesta… puedo aprender ingles, hablo portugues, castellano y tambien soy secretaria y cocino me encanta viajar se primero auxilios y puedo aprender todo lo que ustedes esten dispuesto a enseñarme .

  30. Hello my name is Gabriele,but you can call me Gabi or Bibi ,I’m 19 years old ,I’m astudent, I’m from Brazil.
    I really wanted This job for 2 reasons, because I really need a job and the number off unemployed in Brazil is huge because of inflation.
    Well I haver experiences with my cousins Who practically live almost every day in my house, I know the basics of English,but I have an application that helps me,mt Heart is almost coming out of the mouth of so much emotion and anxiety to travel World,I Think it’s evereyone’s deram and you’re giving This chance.
    Please,I hope to be accepted even though I do not know who you are or you do not know who I am,but please,I really need a job,even If it’s outside Brazil.
    I promise not to disappoint them, because I know how to take care of children very Wellington,I helped my mother with her children’s education students,I train mt English throught the application and also with a friend that i did for Instagram, I’II leave my Facebook and mt Instagram…. Please Think with Your Heart hahaha, Sorry I’m só nervouser.
    Facebook:Gabriele Carneiro
    Instagram:Carneirogaby

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  32. Olá vi um vídeo de vocês no Facebook, e me interessei na vaga para babá, tenho experiência com crianças, faço faculdade de Engenharia de Produção estou no 4°ano, sou Brasileira e gostaria de embarcar nessa aventura com vocês, grata.

  33. Hello my name is Sandra I’m 49 , don’t have grandchildren yet, good healthy condition, I ‘m a teacher as well. I’ m applying to be your nanny . I’ m living in Canada right now but I’m Brazilian. I can cook, do laundry, take care of the children or whatever is necessary. Thank you

  34. I Amazing idea,
    I am available . I work all my life on the tourism . I have no family , since I born 5 mar /1965 , I feel that some thing special wanting for me .

  35. Hi ! my name’s Anne-Sophie
    I’m French and I’m 29 years old.
    I’m interesting for more informations for being your kid’s nurse.
    I am writing you without Google traduction haha.
    In fact I was a baby sitter for long years (baby, kids, teenager), today I’m a working girl but I’m leaving my work in a few month I want to learn english for speaking fluently. I love kids, travels and I am seriously motivate for helping you in yours travels.
    I’m ready to keep yours children, to help them for homeschool, to learn them french and spanish if you would like and help you for cleaning and bagages.
    Do you find your baby-sitter N? Can we talk about the job ?

    You can send me a mail

    Best regards

  36. I would like to apply for the vacancy of nanny. And around for world travel with you. I’M 37 years old, I don’t have children, but I like the kids. I’m from El Salvador. My only problem is that I don’t speak English very well 😢

  37. What a Great idea ,what a Great Trip Iam a Professional Photographer from Germany , Love traveling and Love Kids what a Great Job Iam the one you Need 😄😎
    best regards from Germany
    Sabine Antonius

  38. Hi! I´m interested in the position of nanny.I am from Argentina, Buenos Aires. I´m Teacher of English. I´ve already uploaded the video (my instagram is @trottis22 ) and I´ve completed the application form.
    Best wishes!

    1. Bonjour, je viens vers vous car je souhaite postuler à cette offre merveilleuse que vous proposé très proche des enfants et je cest très bien m’en occuper les activités, les faire manger, les laver je suis très autonome et sans oublier le tour du monde qui est un de mes plus grand reve se ne sera vraiment pas un travail pour moi mais de l’apprentissage vraiment moi qui na pas encore d’enfant mais l’aîné d’une grande famille je souhaite vivement vous rencontre à fin de pouvoir vivre une magnifique aventure avec vos enfant. J’espère que vous me contacterai vous ne serez vraiment pas déçu avec moi

  39. Mkenzie and Derek,
    I just dont know how can I get to you in another way. Im a little slow on social networks, so I send my video and my profile here in the blog yesterday, because it was when i saw the news og you. I send my video on Facebook messenger.
    I beg you than give me a chance! I love work with kids more than anything! I work since I have 16 years with kids (and now I’ll make 26 years) I’m nanny and psychologist.
    I saw the video on facebook , where Derek ask about your youngest daughter put your finger in your mouth. Some kids put your finger in your mouths as a representation of breast-feeding, or in a moment of “lack”. But it doesn’t give to generalize, each case is different. As each child is a child and deserves careful differentiated.
    I hope this message will be read.
    Rafaela Bogas Martins (@rafaelabogas)

  40. hello,
    I am a candidate to be your Nanny I forgot to tell you that as well as i am a coach of various sports, and taught in Italian International School I have the patent of first aid and defibrillator use .
    i wored in usa for 2 year in california and in wv university (reserch physiology)
    for more about me please contact me infocentre

  41. Hello,
    My name is Anaïs and I’m French. I speak French, Spanish and two regional languages. I don’t  speak a very good English but by hearing it every day that can only improve. I wanted to have a break in my studies to help the others. This morning a friend sent me a message with your video.I like your project! Could I send you more information about me? I have just seen that it was before today… Good luck for your project!

  42. Good morning from Spain. I’m Sheila and I’m 26 years old. I love travelling, One of my dreams is going around the world, like Willy Fog. I love childrens and spending time with them laughing and telling funny stories. I think I’m abble to spend many months of my live with you.

    Hugs from Zaragoza
    Sheila

  43. Hello I’m really interested about your project, I live in France and I already looked after children cause I was nanny last year in australia. Please if you can send me a mail because I really want to come with us to share this world tour and meet your sweet babies

  44. Bonjour!

    I’m Anaïs, I’m French, I’m 29 and I actually live and work in Cape Town.
    I’m a teacher (since 5 years) and, I hope, your next travel nanny 🙂

    Hope I could tell you more about me.
    Look forward,

  45. Hi,
    I don’t know if it’s still ok for the application but I tried here !
    I’m a 25 years old french primary teacher who loved travelling.
    I love my job but I ‘m looking for a new experience and with your project it’s perfect ! I’m very social, smiling person. I have experience with children and education. I want to learn with you about the world ! I’ll be very happy to meet yours sweets childrens.
    Hope to be able to speak face to face for a better introducing !
    xxx
    Mathilde.

  46. I love your project, and I really want to take part.
    But i’m a french student of 17 years and I think for you I would be too young.
    Don’t worry I would follow your great adventure live from france and why not meet in Paris ^-^
    I hope that you will find the perfect person.

  47. Hello family! My name is Priscila Golob, i’m from Brazil!!!
    Eu sou Brasileira e falo português, espanhol e um pouco de inglês!! Seria um desafio e tanto, para mim e para vocês, pois conversar com uma pessoa que não entende bem seu idioma pode ser bem engraçado… Minha cor favorita é rosa, eu tenho 30 anos e ainda não tenho filhos, minha profissão é Baba, eu adoro crianças!! Sou casada à pouco tempo, à penas 5 meses, mas eu gosto de desafios, e esse seria com certeza o maior desafio da minha vida; Minha classe social é baixa, nunca viajei para fora do Brasil, essa seria a primeira viajem, e eu, iria mudar minha vida para sempre!!! Eu sou Mórmon, e através das minhas atitudes vocês irão confiar na minha pessoa. Me ajudem a ajudar vocês, por favor! Obrigada…

  48. Hey I’m tommy I live in France . I am 25 years old I don’t smoke.
    My favorite thinks are:
    Sport
    Traveling
    Photographie
    Making food
    And meet some news Pearson

    I work like a cancalor since my 17 that’s mean I ust to kids and I got tree sister and brother.
    I can lear them French and English
    And I can get some references from a few off my old boss if you need

    It will be a pleasure tu have a face time with you and your kids to learn to know them

  49. Hello to all of you, I am happy to read you. I am a single woman of 27 years, I live in Switzerland. I have no children but I have had the opportunity to work with many children and I love it. I have many experiences with children and also experience life. For me, it would be the greatest dream of my life to be part of this wonderful journey in your company. I am a person, stable, independent, organized … I am a person who exudes the joy of living and who loves to laugh. I would rather work for you and with you. Hopefully you have enjoyed it, I hope you find the best person for your project. I think you should have received a lot of messages but I still tried my luck. Thanks for reading me! kisses, see you soon

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