July 6, 2010 | YoLadies | Comments (2)
Lisa Merrai and her familyHave you ever, at the end of a long day and with a list of things that still need to be done, dreamed of packing up and going back to basics? Ever realize that you don’t really know your neighbors or fellow parents or church members, and wish that you could live in a community that took the time to communicate about more than the weather? I would be willing to bet money that I don’t have that most of us have thought about doing just that. Lisa Merrai, along with her husband and four children, are doing it.
Lisa and her family moved from San Francisco to small town Oregon to be surrounded by nature, and take a true break from the frantic pace of life in a large city. She spent last year homeschooling her school age children, taking them on long-term vacations to Mexico and Colorado to teach them about other places, cultures, and languages. It’s ended up being a homeschooling experiment for she and her husband, as well, as they learn things about life and family that they wouldn’t, had they decided to stay in the city.
Lisa blogs about these experiences in her blog, Life on Purpose. She writes about the challenges of making such a huge lifestyle change, and inspires that little voice deep within that keeps telling all of us to take a look around and ask if this is where we really want to be.
Lisa was kind enough to answer some questions for us, and she has some great things to say.
“The most successful organisms of nature are the result of collaborations.”
The Shaman’s Well