Trusting The Journey

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Lately the question Daniel and I are being asked the most is, “So where are you going next?”

The question makes sense. We love to travel as a family. We are transforming the way we do life so we can travel. Our family’s journey led us to visiting four different international cities this year. Our journeys are teaching us a lot of the nuts and bolts of travel and teaching us what is in our hearts.

It takes courage to not know the destination and to still participate in the journey. – page 179, Leeana Tankersley, Breathing Room

Where are we going next?

The short answer is – I don’t know what destination God has for us next. What I do know that is that I am trusting the journey. I know God is going to use our experiences for something else in the future. I don’t know what 2015 will look like for our family.

What about Digital Tentmaking?

We still desire to serve missionaries and churches and to travel as Digital Tentmakers. We’ve been able to do a tiny bit of that last year, but not in the way we envision for a large Digital Tentmaking trip. I hope we will be able to serve somewhere in 2015, but at this time we don’t have any clear leads of places to serve, nor do we have the funds to do so.

What are we doing right now?

While we wait for our next destination Daniel is launching a new business venture next week. We learned in New York City that Daniel needs a separate working space with fast wi-fi to be able to work. The quality of his work greatly diminishes with three children buzzing around him in a tiny NYC apartment. I understand how Daniel is a developer who needs uninterrupted time to write code. Since we’ve been back in San Antonio Daniel has joined a co-working space which allows him to focus and get projects done quickly.

Before we left for NYC we had to repair the damage from our car being broken into and we needed a new fuel pump system in our car. Our emergency fund took a hit so we are working on filling that account back up. Once that is done we can start saving for our next big trip. Even though we are debt free we still have to work at keeping our budget up to date.

I am homeschooling the kids, doing all the fun things that comes along with Christmas, and writing at Amanda.so. The new year will be here before we know it. I am so grateful for the journey our family is on even though I don’t know what is going to happen next.

Do you have a clear direction for 2015 or have you even thought about what the next year holds for your family? 

About Amanda

Hi! I'm Amanda. I love Jesus, good friends, good books, good food, and Texas. I am married to the handsome Daniel Espinoza. I homeschool my 3 young children. Follow me on Twitter: @AmandaEspi or on Google+

6 Responses to Trusting The Journey

  1. Marla Taviano December 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Love this post, Amanda. We know we’re hopping on a plane to Cambodia with one-way tickets on January 3. The rest is up in the air. 🙂 So we get this stepping out in faith on the journey thing! You guys should pray about a trip to SE Asia. Expensive to get there, but suuuuuuper affordable once you’re there. Let’s talk. 🙂

    • Amanda Espinoza December 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Marla, I am so excited for you guys and we will definitely be following along! I can promise to pray. My three year old is the wild card.

      What’s funny, is that I told my husband that you write posts with simple updates like this one. That’s what inspired the post to begin with. Then you were the first to comment! Ha ha!

  2. Paul Kortman December 12, 2014 at 4:19 am #

    It’s fun to see the similarities in our journey. While we’re experiencing different things were still unsure what 2015 will bring.

    I think it’s one of the complications of being nomadic. We love the freedom but it also comes with a lot of unknowns.

    I want to encourage you both to process “Who is asking me about plans?” Every time someone asks.

    What I’ve found:
    Some are living vicariously through us.
    Some doubt what we’re doing.
    Some could not operate under such a loose framework.
    Some actually care about the planning process.

    We got called out because we started researching our next trip destinations before we’ve fixed what we returned to the states to do. It’s a part of this lifestyle to long, to inquire, to be a little less committed to a plan.

    Embrace the fact that most people around you will never understand you. Those who do are on a plane or living elsewhere. It’s the curse of being on the leading edge of a movement.

    Blessings on your family as you plan and struggle with the plan. God will get you where he wants you to be.

    • Daniel December 12, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      “Embrace the fact that most people around you will never understand you.”

      Totally agree. Thanks for the encouragement Paul!

      • Kyle Strong December 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

        I was thinking this morning while I was meeting with Paul how similar both of your stories and struggles are. The enemy seems to push in a bit harder when he sees men and women of God working hard to fulfilling their God-given calling. Oh you know our good buddy (wish he was my buddy) James puts it best:

        “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

        – James 1:2-3

        It was great to hear the victories that Paul is having even right now. Praise the LORD! Keep up the good work both of you! Remember we serve an audience of ONE and do not need to worry about what anyone else thinks just like Paul said above. Of course that is easier said than done. It would be really cool to get all three of us together sometime.

        • Daniel December 12, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

          Thanks for the reminder Kyle!