Our Next Adventure

Every memory we gained from our travels, every lesson we learned, every story we tell or blessing we have received from the trip just became 10 times more important about a month ago. Before I get into what has happened, let me catch the blog up on the Andrus clan and try and bridge where we left off to where we are now. Asher and Kieran continue to grow and are becoming much more thinking people than they were on the trip. We put them back in public school when we returned and they both have done well. The big boys are growing into men. Dax graduated from high school this past spring where he was the school’s outstanding history student. He also was a California Arts Scholar and a National AP Scholar, none of which surprised us. I would say Homecoming King was a surprise to his parents. Dax is now going to follow one of the dreams he talked about before our trip as he is off to become a “fresher” at Oxford in October. McKane is following in his brother’s footsteps although his feet are a full 5 sizes larger. He is going to be a sophomore this year and is a great student and friend and has kept all the zeal he had for life when he wrote his sixintheworld posts about keychains and coins. I have enjoyed my year of freelancing. I have had lots of great experiences and split my time between working for a venture capital firm, consulting companies on strategy and social media, sitting on advisory boards and boards of directors and entertaining a long string of prospective jobs. I have felt like Groucho Marx who said he wouldn’t belong to any club that would have him. On the job front I have turned down the companies that offered me and the ones I have wanted have turned me down. It was almost comical and I wondered if the 4 or 5 I was looking at in July would turn out the same. There was one I really liked in London, a couple I would consider in the Bay area and a really odd one which I could build anywhere.

As those were playing out however, everything turned upside down. As anyone who has read the blog can see Anne is a powerhouse. She is an incredible woman who can take on 3 full time tasks and do them all 100%. Since the trip she has not had as much energy and zeal. That still has not stopped her from stepping up and taking on the leadership of the women’s organziation at our church, serving others, taking an active role in the kids’ schools or running a great household; however a spark has been missing. When I have asked her to write something for the blog, she has said she couldn’t. She had planned on writing a book about the trip, but it never felt right. I don’t know all that went into her feelings, but I had worried that she might be depressed that the trip was such a high and that we might not reach those heights again…that the trip was such a great adventure and challenge and that “regular” life was too easy on one hand and too hard on the other. She always denied that anything was wrong and felt her allergies were what was wearing her down. As we have looked at jobs in Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, and London, I thought the new locales might bring back a sense of adventure for her, but nothing seemed to spark her interest or inspire her.

It wasn’t until late July when she checked into the hospital that we found out what had been wearing her down and what our next great adventure would be. After two weeks in the hospital and a major surgery, Anne returned home and is on the road to recovery. I felt comfortable sharing details of our trip even as other people warned, “What if you get robbed?” “What if someone kidnaps your kids because they read your blog?” I do not feel as comfortable sharing details about medical information so will keep the narrative a little vague and high level. If Anne feels comfortable sharing more when she feels better, she will. Suffice it to say that if she had not checked into the hospital and gone through the surgery and her subsequent treatment she would not have been with us for long. We feel great about her surgery and her treatment and we are doing everything to make a complete recovery a reality.

We are surrounded by great family and friends who are lifting us on their shoulders and carrying us through this difficult time. We also have great faith and believe in the power of prayer and are thankful to everyone who in their own way sends her prayers, thoughts or just good mojo. While we never would have chosen this adventure, it has shown up at our door, much like it shows up on so many doorsteps every day. And we are choosing to take it head on, grow from the experience and move on to a better adventure when this one is over. Our traveling days are not over but one of the most poignant things Anne said in the hospital when things were at their darkest was, “This sure makes me glad we did the trip when we did.” Amen to that.

Kieran and Asher made Mom a poster

28 thoughts on “Our Next Adventure

  1. I have thought of you all and wondered how you were doing. It’s true, some adventures we choose and then life chooses others for us. My prayers are with Anne and your family. Sounds like you were fortunate to get medical help when you did. All the best wishes and continued improvement, health and joy for you!

  2. We love you guys. We think of you often and are keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Many sweet little prayers have been sent your way from Arizona! Feel well, hope to see you soon, lots of love from the McPhies.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Anne and your wonderful family. Very happy to hear the optimism in Anne’s recovery.

  4. Best wishes for a very swift recovery. Thank you for the update as I, too, have wondered how you all have been. Will keep Ann and the rest of you in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully it won’t be too long before you’re all off on your next great adventure.

  5. Your family is truly an inspiration, to live each day. We will never regret quality family time ,will we? Anne is a fighter, I can tell. My prayers and good wishes for her full recovery.

  6. Having followed you on your trip, we feel like we know your family even though we’ve never met. We wish Anne all the best for a speedy and full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you two and all the kids.

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  8. I had not read your blog since your trip ended and today – the day you posted I decided to look it up. My prayers are with you.

  9. Do you have any idea how many more prayers God is going to get tonight? :)
    Amazing Anne Andrus, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

  10. WOW! I can hardly wait to hear about Anne’s complete recovery. Your whole family and especially Anne, are in my thoughts and prayers. Many congratulations to your children for their impressive accomplishments. Wasn’t your timing for your World trip perfect? I am certain you have more travel in your future when the time is right. When I graduated from Liverpool University in England I seized the opportunity to go on an overland cultural trip to India with 499 other students including those from Oxford University. It would be almost impossible to do that trip today. I can relate about seizing the moment. And I feel confident that your family will seize the moment to help Anne recover as well as give her four very good reasons to continue the journey of life to enjoy the adventures of Dax, McKane, Kieran and Asher. Way to go Andrus family ?

  11. Hey guys! We have followed you as we prepared for and went on our “big trip”. We will pray for you all. Can’t wait for your next big adventure!

  12. I send a lot of positive thought for Anne, but also for the whole family.
    Hope this adventure will soon be in the past and that you all can start on a new and better one.

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I have loved reading about your family and your adventures together. Know that at this time you are not alone, you have many people praying for you and wanting to encourage and inspire you as you have done for others in the past.

  14. Please know that the Andrus family is getting as much good ‘mojo’ as possible from us.
    Our family must wait until retirement from the military comes (3 years, 10 months from now, but who’s counting?) until we can do our RTW trip. However, we have used your blog as a template for our own dream for some time now.

  15. Please know that the Lee family sends love and prayers to your family. May Anne recover soon and the treatment be successful. Love to all of you.

  16. So sorry to hear this news, but so happy that you caught things in time and turned them around. Our prayers go out to Anne and all of you as you go through this new journey together.

    Sometimes these things can be a blessing in disguise as you have already found out. Our open-ended non-stop family world trip since 2006, had a rough road this year as I wound up in the hospital for surgery and a paralyzed arm for 11 months and am still healing & deal with more mobility challenges ( already had a bum knee on the same side). It was very hard & we considered stopping our travel, but glad we carried on and see that there were many blessings for all of us, even in the biggest trials.

    Anne is a powerhouse & the love you all share is obvious, so you WILL thrive on this adventure as well.

    โ€œThis sure makes me glad we did the trip when we did.โ€ Amen to that.

    Indeed!

    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to meeting you all on the road one of these days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Dear Andrus family ,

    So sorry to hear this news, but so happy that you caught things in time and turned them around. Our prayers go out to Anne and all of you as you go through this new journey together.

    Sometimes these things can be a blessing in disguise as you have already found out. Our open-ended non-stop family world trip since 2006, had a rough road this year as I wound up in the hospital for surgery and a paralyzed arm for 11 months and am still healing & deal with more mobility challenges ( already had a bum knee on the same side). It was very hard & we considered stopping our travel, but glad we carried on and see that there were many blessings for all of us, even in the biggest trials.

    Anne is a powerhouse & the love you all share is obvious, so you WILL thrive on this adventure as well.

    โ€œThis sure makes me glad we did the trip when we did.โ€ Amen to that.

    Indeed!

    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to meeting you all on the road one of these days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Dear Andrus Family,

    You’ve been an inspiration for many travellers, including myself. Sending love and positive thoughts to Anne and the entire family during this difficult time. Hoping for this adventure for you to end so you can begin a new one.

  19. Glad I thought to check your site. You have been inspirational to us in your family travels. We wish you a speedy recovery and hope for the best possible outcomes for your health and well-being.

  20. I got a tear in my eye as I read this post. I followed your trip so closely, I feel like I know you. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to more posts with great news of Anne’s recovery.

  21. Dear Anne and Family: Just read the site and Anne so sorry you are going through this. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and this past year have been going through chemo and radiation. I know the power of prayer and good thoughts and they are being sent your way. Stay strong Anne and know how many people in Georgia are praying for you.
    With love Kitty Stewart Roswell Ward

  22. Thanks for the beautiful post Tom. We think about you guys all the time. We are sending prayers and good mojo, ;). xoxoxo

  23. Dear Tom and family, you are living the life in the actual sense of the word, most of the people cannot even dream of ! congratulations. May God bless you all and keep you all hale and hearty.

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