It’s been a strange few months for our family. And I thought that I was adapting well. The truth is, not much in my life is making sense currently. And although the destination is Italy and to get to our little house there, I sometimes wonder if this is going to happen. I don’t want to question it out loud. But…I guess I am.
Social media is a difficult job for me as of late. I always want to be real, but encouraging. And when I’m feeling discouraged, it’s hard to keep focused. It’s hard to summon up all my inner strength when I’m scared. Nervous. All of that. Yes. I admit it.
Surprisingly, change has always been hard for me. I grew up in a family that never moved away. We didn’t take vacations further than a few states away. But the last few years has taught me more than ever that I need adventure and change to beat depression just like I need my dogs.
So although I know in my heart that a move to Italy is going to be good for us all, it’s still hard now. Because we are still waiting on a flight date and we have no RV and have to move around to house rentals. Yes. I know a permanent vacation sounds good to some. But having lived in an RV for over seven years with no stability, I’m ready to get off this ride for a little while and get to fixing up our little house in Italy.
We’ve been making the most of our time left in the states. And we have been enjoying it.
If not for the help and selfless encouragement from a close friend, I’m not sure where I would be. I also have appreciated the love from our readers and followers and most of all, the love for our dogs. Your love has kept us going. And I hope that by seeing our struggles, you realize that you too are worth going after your dream.
Right now, I’m not claiming to know how this will all turn out. But I do know that we are determined to get to Italy. The sooner the better for our dogs. But choosing the plane ride over for Brickle was what we had to do. It caused delays. But if we can’t get him there safe, we will not go at all. And so we wait. And we hope you understand it’s what we have to do. When we get to Italy, the adventures will be hard. Difficult. But I’ve been training for this. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life. To say out loud that I’m worth what my heart wants is saying a lot for me. I’ve never felt worthy to do that.
So for right now, we keep on going. We are getting ready to head to Florida this coming week to get rid of the rest of our belongings we can’t carry up that path in Italy! We also need to get the dogs’ paperwork up to date and be ready for the plane. The companies we have spoken to say it could be November to January. Let’s hope for sooner because waking up in someone else’s house each day and living out of our borrowed car is tiring. But we also realize the blessings we have and that the world doesn’t revolve around us. Our hearts remain and always will be foremost centered on animal rescue. And we plan to continue our physical efforts in italy while still fundraising for and helping animals in the USA and wherever we are needed.
Thank you for your encouragement and love. We appreciate you.
–Girl Person, Rachael