Deep Dish

Ever have one of those days where some of the people you admire most, the ones from the blog you follow without fail because it is a constant source of inspiration and motivation, the ones who are living some awesome version of the life you see for yourself when your dream is being dreamt in real-time and full-color, ever have one of those days when those people pull up to your house in their road-tested and battle-worn green van with all of their kids just to spend a few hours talking about life?

What do you normally do on one of those days?

We ordered pizza.


Right on the cusp between Indiana and Wisconsin, the US and Thailand, our past and our future, Jenn Miller and her family gave us something incredibly precious: three hours. They stopped off on their way to a gathering with their extended family to share some of their insights from living full-time on the road as an intact family.

We talked a little about everything. It wasn’t a formal interview, so there’s no Q and A I’ll go into. And the visit came and went so fast that I can barely document the details here. Sure there was the sweet music from Hannah’s violin that filled our house like a summer breeze and the thoughtful “SO how was your day?” from Elisha and the absolute sense of comfort and familiarity that they brought with them.

But it was more than what we talked about that had such an impact on us. It was simply being with them. Not having to defend our lifestyle, our decisions, our goals. Not having to explain why we are who we find ourselves becoming. To just be.

In fact, we talked a bit about that. The challenge for the week in the Dream Intensive actually centered on sketching out how we plan on dealing with the skeptics, or let’s be honest—the haters. Jeff and I found that we had no response, being that we could really care less what anyone outside our family thinks about how we conduct ourselves. And those inside our family have either fully accepted our slightly skewed lifestyle or simply made peace with it.

Jenn assured us that there will be those who disagree, and they’ll do it in colorful, forceful ways. Though neither of us want those “discussions,” I think Jeff and I will be ready if they happen.

Until then, I just want to relish the memories of the visit. Continue planning the road ahead. And recommend to anyone reading this, to find those who have travelled ahead and have mapped the road in greater detail, and buy them pizza as often as you can. Being in the company of people you admire has a lingering effect. It elevates your spirit. Your POV will contain a little more context. And your resolve will be that much stronger.

You can spend a little time with Jenn and her family here: Edventure Project. And if you ever find them in your part of the world – invite them in. Order pizza. And enjoy.





  1. Great blog Jill! It looks great and if you keep having posts like this one, I’ll be very, very jealous!

    • jeffandjill

      05/14/2012 at 9:56 am

      Nancy, I only wish we took even just ONE picture when we met! That was an amazing night as well — just as inspiring! Love you guys!

  2. love this jill. beautifully written and in few words you get across the atmosphere of an afternoon, and the sense of hope and inspiration the visit brought. i also like the humour. i am subscribing to your blog and look forward to getting my binoculars out as you reach the top!

  3. jeffandjill

    05/14/2012 at 9:57 am

    Thanks, Tanya! Maybe we’ll meet across the world at some point! You’re always welcome here in Chicago.

  4. Marcella Makinen

    05/14/2012 at 8:52 pm

    OMG i love this ! Its easy and fun to read and I orange is my favorite color. What an awesome blog.

  5. So great that you got to meet the Millers. I only know them virtually but they are such a wonderful family and truly an inspiration.
    I wish you all the luck in your own journey and am looking forward to following along!

    • jeffandjill

      05/19/2012 at 12:22 am

      Amy — thank you so much! I’m new to this “traveling world” and can’t tell you how great it is to meet (virtually or in person!) all of you that are paving the way for people like us. I can’t wait to hear more of how your adventures are coming along. And congratulations again on your home sale — the pic was the best!!

  6. The Miller’s are an awesome family, glad you got to spend some time with them!

    • jeffandjill

      05/25/2012 at 6:53 pm

      Yes they are! And so are we! We had a great time. Thanks to families like theirs and yours for being out there and willing to share your lives!

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