Living as Nomads

As we wrap up this first school year as a nomadic family, I am convinced more than ever that traveling like this has been the best decision for all of us.

Living as nomads has forced us to live as minimalists, shedding off anything and everything that doesn’t make sense to keep on carrying around with us. Keeping items could mean the difference between having to pay extra to check another bag–and that get’s super expensive depending on the airline! We’ve often joked about how when we do finally go through our storage unit this summer we will be throwing out most of the things we kept!

I always thought living in one place and one house was the best option for our children to feel the most stable. This year has taught me that it’s not about whether they live in one place or not. Stability for our children comes from the environment formed within our family. Living as nomads has taught us that our children can thrive when we’re living in a different place (often times different country) each week. Overall, my favorite part about living as we are living is that our “home” has become our family.

 

Author: Jennie.Denney

Jennie lives in Southern California with her husband and four children. She loves to travel, write poetry, and be by the water. She received a certificate of the Bible through Torchbearers Bible School, attended Hope International University for her undergrad, received a certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Experience at Friends University, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies. She has written Soul Cries: A Book of Poems, Soul Cries: A Journal, and her newest book is Shaping the Soul: An Artist Collective. She owns and manages www.jenniedenney.com, where she writes a weekly blog with stories, practices, and lessons she is learning, to help her readers know they are not alone in their own becoming and encouraging them to connect with God. Follow her on IG @jennie.denney and Pinterest @jenniferpdenney.

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