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Posted on Jun 5, 2012

Leaving What We Loved

Leaving What We Loved

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When the time to go went from months to weeks, I freaked out. I love my life in Northern Israel. I do.I love the school we established two years ago, I love my friends, I love my job as a family therapist with a radio show. I love the nature and the pace of life in the Upper Galilee Valley of Israel. I love my home! The thought of leaving behind all that I love, deeply love, was terrifying. Why in the Hell Would I Throw Away a Perfectly Good, Rewarding LIfe? Why? Here are the last glimpses into the world we left, before becoming a nomadic family.
Last Minutes at Our Precious School
After two and a half years of homeschooling, we founded a community school that we believe upholds the educational principals that are right for our children. The school focuses on emotional intelligence, giving kids a safe place to explore using their hands, experimentation, nature, and curiosity. Here is a video from Israeli TV. Though it’s in Hebrew, you can see our kids and Kobi, watch me being interviewed, and see what the energy was like in the Einat HaGalil School in Kibbutz Amir.

Our Un-Nomadic Home

I’m fishing up some pictures for our series of e-books about to published, and found, OH MY GOD!, pictures of our home. A home of a normal family. A normal home with curtains and clutter and things to be fixed when we ‘get around to it’. A home up until those last few minutes, just before becoming a nomadic family.  I’m just sitting here, feeling blank, kinda wishy-washy, missing my home. Ok, really missing my home: my sun-lit spacious, mountain-side home. Ahhhhh, home, bittersweet, home.

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Shelves and shelves of books, in every room, in every corner. I miss being surrounded by books
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Last Minutes of Home As We Walk Out the Door. Oh!

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our living room, clutter-free right before we walked out the door
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dahnya’s lambaleh, the one stuffed animal she has slept with her entire life
from grandfather nechemia

Last Goodbyes 

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An Angel Looking After What We Love

My amazing, unbelievable, un-earthlyly capable, loving, kind assistant, who runs my business while I’m gone (and when iIm actually working in normal life previous to our travels) has taken another unreal step in saving my life…and being too kind and beautiful. She has given our beloved Kooli (aka: Loolie) a loving home. She took her this week from a situation which was not working out, and now has made her a star.

I just told kobi. It’s unreal how many amazing blessings and kind people keep entering our lives.
Thank You Dafna! Thank you for everything!!!

 

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  1. Hiya Gabi, Kobi and family
    I am so sorry I have been going to the wrong place – I did wonder why suddenly there were no more blogs, and I missed them. Thank you for sending me to the right place Gabi – I now have LOTS to catch up on 🙂
    It was interesting to see your home, before you left, and the school you set up. Your children have happy memories already – and are now making lots more. You miss your books Gabi – your children will be writing the books when they are older. They are having such a wonderful education – even if some of the things you see mean some delicate discussions LOL
    Keep well, and keep smiling
    Your friend from Scotland
    Wendy xx

    • wendy. cheers, cheers. yes, and i missed you so much too. i was wondering where is my wendy? i can’t write without her feedback! i’m so glad we’ve found each other again. my writing missed your thoughts. ah, my home, our school, the life we had before, books. so much to miss just means so much to love in this world, right? so much to love. but missing pinches my heart each time a new. each time anew. the books my children will write. my little world travelers with an emotionally unstable, crazy mom who is doing the best she can, and this amazing man for a father. boy, the books they will write. and i will too. if i ever get focused and to my projects, i have 5 (can you believe it) 5 books i’m working on getting out. gabi

      ps: i think we all have books to write. books and books. my life is not more interesting than the next guy, i just like to share it all, talk a lot. that’s all. 🙂 even the delicate issues….

      • I do not think you are unstable or crazy – you are enthusiastic and unique!! You will all have books – each one different – and I think when you eventually get to read the books your children will write you will be touched more deeply than you thought possible. Many things that can be almost unseen or miniscule to us, are hugely important to children, and only when they are older, and they tell us what they remember, do we see the gems that were un-noticed by the parent.
        I am looking forward to your books – and I think your life is infinitely more interesting than the average person, travel broadens the mind and educates in a way no books can do. Your experiences, good and bad, will be fascinating.
        Keep writing xx

  2. Oh Gabi, we told our business partner we wouldn’t be re-signing the lease last week. So it’s official. By the start of next year, we won’t be in business, and we’ll be rid of all our “stuff” to live on the road!

    I’m a bit sad, but very excited. The weight of being a business owner and managing staff is weighing heavily right now. I want so much to be free of the stress and the pressures that come along with it, so I’m becoming impatient about our new journey not happening fast enough.

    We’re still to gather enough money to buy our new home to live in, and I know many people think we’re crazy for moving the kids into a caravan to explore Australia, but it’s just something we HAVE to do.

    People ask how we could spend 3 years building a business just to walk away? Well my thoughts right now are “How could we not walk away?”. Our children are getting older each day, and we don’t want to devote our lives to anything other than our little family and exploring the wonders that lay ahead of us.

    We know there will be new struggles to replace the current ones, but my heart can cope with the struggles ahead when it means we’ll have our feet planted firmly on amazing mother earth with our children in our arms.

    Following the story of families like yours gives me courage that leaving our “stuff” behind is the right thing to do. Thank you for sharing your journey xx

    • Loreena,
      Wow. you are walking away from all that you’ve built up, and you know, you know, you know that you need to walk on mother earth with your children in your arms. many people think we are crazy too, many of them closest family, but we also know, deeply know, what we need to do and so we do it. is it logical? depends who you ask. we could be making tons of money if kobi and i were back to working away our lives to afford our expensive, busy, no-time-for-the-kids lifestyle. and for some reason, most people think that that is normal and that that is what would make us happy. we don’t. we’re spending (a bit too much) time with our kids and each other, and that feels right to us.

      i was also really nervous, sad, excited and scared before we left. why would i leave all i know. read “tasting fears and doubts”. you will really relate to all that i wrote there.

      before we left, we didn’t find all these amazing blogs that are there now. i guess we’re all a pretty new generation of 35-55 year olds determined to live differently. i love sharing. i love that you read and take the time to comment. that discussion inspires us further as well.

      any questions you may have, please ask. we’ll be uploading the answer to one question each week. hugs,

      gabi

  3. hi gabosh
    I tray hard to think why you gays doing that. I think that I know!
    tray to be on same record book, for what? for sure you will not!
    so please stop that nonsense and go HOME.
    I love you all and I think that I can tale you what I feel.
    LOVE me

    • I am shocked and so in love with you Abba. You are really cool in my eyes, I want you to know that. You’ve found the way to our blog (omg) and left a comment (omg x3) and said how you really feel (omg x10). i love you abba. i know you want us to stop this stupid shit and just go home and take the kids to a normal life and live the way everybody else does. i hear you. i do. it makes a lot of sense to me too. but, for now, we’re soooooo happy as a family with so much time to do whatever we want to do. kobi and orazi are working on a hebrew worksheet for tomorrow’s class, solai and dahnya are quietly playing on the floor, i’m on the computer. we’re going to have our daily lunch date together in three hours- where we sit and i read to them a book we all love aloud for an hour in the middle of the day. we have all the time in the world for each other. kobi doesn’t spend all day at work; and i spend all day cleaning the house, working so busy… remember you told me that i had the cell phone glued to me ear? now, i don’t. my phone hasn’t rung in over a year. we have time, as a family, to talk, cuddle, laugh, get into trouble together. this is really really good for our family. i promise you, when it’s not the best thing for our family, we’ll happily go back to israel and live where we belong. seriously, you are amazing abba. i love you and i love you and i love you. i’m not trying to make any records. there are families who have been traveling and will travel much longer and farther than we are. i’m just doing that i think makes sense for our family right now. i love you. and i love that you are reading my blog (sooooooo coool) and that you commented. i can’t tell you how cool you are. i love you. gaboush

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