Welcome to our adventure
Howdy folks. We’re the Conner family. Carl and Sherri with two kids, Sarah age 12 and David age 11. Kinda normal people living mostly normal lives when our plans took an unexpected turn.
The unexpected turn came during what we call an “uprooting” process. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but it does to Sherri and I. We sometimes feel that we are being prepared for a move - almost a “transplanting” if you will. Kinda loosening of the soil around the roots of a plant that you are getting ready to move. We first recognize this when we feel dissatisfied with the little things around us. The traffic gets us down more or we feel like we have run out of day trips that we really want to take. We find ourselves taking longer vacations and dreaming of faraway places. We think of it as “wanderlust”. And when both of us get it at the same time, well … something is likely to give. As Tolkien says,
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
This turn was a chance to go international for a time. We realized that we had an opportunity of a lifetime staring us in the face. My employer was willing to allow me to change duty stations and take some time off in the moving process. We were about to be in a position where we would have no house payment, no car payments, and the kids would be out of school. Additionally, I have a friend in South East Asia that could use a hand with some work he was doing in Indonesia.
After much discussion and lots of prayer, we decided this was too good of a chance to pass up. We could gain some international experience and learn about the world’s largest (by population) Muslim majority nation. In short, we would spent two months in 2017 on Java learning about its people, speaking its most common language, and trying to drink deeply of its culture.
We welcome you to follow us. We know there will be good days and bad. We plan to laugh and to cry, to enjoy and to be perplexed. We launch out on this journey with open hearts and minds to see what we will find and what will find us.