Fresh Ink

No, not a tattoo.  Our story was published in elephant journal yesterday!  Very excited to share with others about our journey.  Parents have been commenting that they wish they could do this with their child, or how they made changes in their child’s education when their kid was struggling, and that they’re so glad they did.  My prayer is that our story offers some form of  inspiration to parents (and kids) that school doesn’t have to be a monotonous slog through life.  That sometimes life is more important than a grade.  You can read the article HERE.

Great News!


We got a van! Campervan North America, a rental company out of Bozeman, MT, has offered us one of their vans at a reduced rental price. It’s an incredible offer. We have two weeks to come up with the balance of the rental money, so now the heat is on to promote our story.  If you are feeling so inclined, please keep the well wishes headed our way and pass along our story and this Go Fund Me link to any of your community that might want to support us on our journey. They say it takes a village, and we are feeling the support of our global tribe. Wow.

Huge ‘Thank You!’ to all of you that have offered your love and blessings and generously donated money to Road School 2017. It has already changed our lives.  I have been deeply touched by the outpouring of support and kindness from family, friends and strangers.

We have received offers for places to stay, people to meet and things to do. We have a National Parks pass, museum passes, concert tickets, and, as of last night, a laptop for Harlan! The whole experience of asking for what we want, and then receiving it, has been a journey that I could write an entire book about.  I am definitely looking forward to writing more this Fall as this whirlwind of the past few months gets integrated into our new reality of life on the road.

Now that we have found a van, we are getting busy creating the area of study that Harlan will be focused on this Fall.  It’s shaping up to be a very creative and exciting cirriculum and I can’t wait to share it with you very soon.

In less than three weeks, Harlan and I fly to Seattle and pick up our van to begin this journey! It continues to unfold rapidly and gracefully and I know that there is an energy greater than myself at play here.  It feels miraculous and big and I look forward to continuing to share it with all of you.

With love and humility,


Looking for a Van!

We are looking for a camper van.

Dear friends, my son and I are looking for a van that is safe and road-ready, for this Fall, 2017.     Would you please share this video with your community?  With love and gratitude…



Do you (or someone you know) have a van that you would be willing to donate for this life-changing journey?


  • Weekly shout outs on Social Media
  • Free advertising on your vehicle
  • Mentions in the Press (our story is generating a lot of interest and inspiration nation wide
  • Good Karma points – Life is short.  Supporting a boy to find hope in life is priceless
  • Undying gratitude from this Mama


Vancouver to Baja – September through December

As I listened to my son tell me that he really and truly doesn’t want to go back to school and wants to “drop out” I had an “Aha!” moment.  What if we “Dropped In” and hit the road? 

My son is one of my favorite people on earth.  He’s hilarious, he cracks me up.  When people meet him, they tell me how great he is.  I’m not kidding!  This kid is good people.  He has all the things I never did at his age – maturity, smarts, musical skills, and…he’s cool.  Really.  People confess to me that he is their favorite Student, Client, Employee…(fill in the blank, this happens all the time.) He would KILL me if he knew I was saying all of this.  Oh, he’s also humble.  (Which adds to the cool part.)

This Spring my son was struggling.  Not going to go into the details because that’s his personal story, but just trust me on this.  Uncharacteristically, my son wasn’t getting up in the morning, he was isolating from friends and was basically refusing to go to school.  Remember, I said this kid is smart – he used to do his big sister’s math homework in 2nd grade.  His love of learning has always been with him from infancy.  But ever since 6th grade, he’s slowly and progressively been losing interest in school.

Over the years I’ve watched the light go out of his eyes in the traditional classroom setting.  By the time April of this year rolled around, my son had two life goals: dropping out of school and living in a van.  Maybe getting a dog.

As I listened to my son tell me that he really and truly doesn’t want to go back to school and wants to “drop out” I had an “Aha!” moment.  What if we “Dropped In” and hit the road?  What if we took the Fall Semester of 2017 and he got to live and learn in real time, in the real world, seeing life through the eyes of a traveler?

This Blog will chronicle our travels this Fall, from Vancouver down to Baja, living in a van and seeing the world through fresh eyes.  Thank you for sharing this with us!

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