OUR PLAN- HOW IT ALL CAME TOGETHER
We have seen God work in so many aspects of the timing and planning of our adventure!
|Ages||Our kids are close enough in
age that they will all be able to appreciate things at basically the
same developmental level. Also, it will be great to be able to be
together for a year during the sometimes difficult changes that take
place as part of the Junior High years.
|Compatibility||Our kids generally really enjoy each other and being together as a family.|
|Support||The kid's school, Chapel Hill
Academy in Chanhassen, has been very supportive in letting us take this
year off. We are planning to keep in touch with the kid's classes
through the website and e-mail.
|Timing||We chose this particular year
more than five years ago so that Leah will still be able to finish her eighth
grade (final) year at Chapel Hill after we return.
|Leave of Absence||General Mills has been
incredibly supportive of this dream! I have seen how the company
takes great care of its people many times in my 21 years there.
|Timing||In the past few years I have
been very busy developing new technology related to the consolidation
that has occurred since our acquisition of Pillsbury. The work
came to completion in perfect timing with my leave. I am also
incredibly blessed to have a unique career/position where a leave like
this is possible.
|Interest Rates||The time for financing Harvey for a year couldn't be better with record low interest rates!|
|RV Design||RV Design has changed
significantly in the past few years. This year is one of the first
where opposing slideouts are readily available. This gives
significantly more living space to make it more comfortable for all five
of us to be together.
|Satellite Technology||The technology is now to the
point where we can get broadband internet connection through the
satellite directly to the RV!
|Internet||The internet has matured to a
point where it will be key to our route planning, communication, and
|Digital Imaging||A few years ago we would have
to be storing hundreds of photos in boxes. Now they'll be
conveniently downloaded to CD's.
|A Wycliffe missionary family that our church supports will be living in our home during our adventure. It is a double blessing that our home will be cared for and that the Pearsons will be comfortable during their home assignment.|