unschooling: from livi

unschoolinglargeHi guys, this is Livi! My mom asked me to answer this question from Addie.

Addie: do your girls have any plans for the future? After yall move to Cambodia, is that where they plan (at least for now?) to spend the rest of their lives, or do you ever see any part of your family coming back to the states? What about you and Gabe โ€“ do you think you will stay over there forever? I know you really cant plan your future like that, just was wondering if yall were thinking about that at all.


Thank you for your question, and I will try to answer it the best I can.

At the age of 13 I have not yet “planned” out my future. Who knows where I will go after Cambodia, hey there may never be an afterย Cambodia. We may stay there for the rest of our lives, some of us kids may stay there, some of us may not?

Sure I have hopes, dreams, and desires for my life, don’t we all? Yet I have learned that none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow.

I will share some of my ideas and plans for the future, God could change some or all of it who knows. So this will just be a rough draft.

I want to travel the world, live an adventurous life, be a third culture kid, learn 1 or 4 more languages, eat a few tarantulas, taste test some snakes, you know just the norm. I can’t really picture a life back here in America. If living here in America is God’s plan for me I guess I owe it to him, but I would never say that that was my original plan.

There are a couple role models in my life. One of them is Katie Davis, the girl who left her American Dream, nice car, cute boyfriend, big house to go be a missionary in Uganda, living day by day and adopting 14 precious girls and leading them to Jesus.

And also our friends Panha and Veasna, ministering to street kids in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, giving the kids a new hope, dream, and a brighter future through Jesus.

I admire these people and many more, I would love to be somewhat like them when I grow up and even now.

I want to live a good life story that plays a part in God’s big story. And now without school and such it is easier for us to live our dreams, not the American dream, but God’s dream.

Thanks for listening Addie, I hope that somewhat answered your question. And also what are your hopes and dreams for your future?


Proud Mama here. Livi (13) did this all on her own with no prompting–or editing–from her mom. Thanks for sharing, sweet girl! I would love for any/all of you to answer the question she posed to Addie:

What are your hopes and dreams for your future (or for your kids’ future)?

11 thoughts on “unschooling: from livi

  1. Janelle Taviano

    that is amazing Livi ! A GREAT and MIGHTY GOD….is going to do
    GREAT and MIGHTY things through YOU and YOUR family , in the
    name of JESUS….because of YOUR HEART after HIM.

  2. Christi

    My main desire is for my children to know Jesus, serve Him and glorify Him with their lives, whether it be Doctor, Lawyer or trash collector. In other words, if they’re seeking God for their future and following that “dream” then I’m satisfied.

  3. Addie

    Thanks Livi for answering my question… thank you for taking the time to write all of that out – I really appreciate your openness to questions and I do hope you get to travel and do so many good things… I think you will be good at.

    My personal dream is to sell everything we have, and go help at an orphanage in china as a family…. but God says to stay put, at least for right now (maybe when my kids are older like you)… one day I think that would be amazing…. and if that ever does happen, maybe we will run into one another

    Thanks also to Marla for letting Livi answer my question…. I think that was fantastic of you!

    1. Olivia Taviano

      Thanks, Addie! I hope that someday you will be able to live out your dreams! Good luck, and maybe I will see you in Asia someday!

  4. Sharon

    Livi: It’s obvious why your Mama is a proud one. Your post and your thoughts are just amazing and truly inspiring to me! You know that part in the Bible about not letting people look down on you because you are young? Your Mom and I are close in age, and here you are at 13, blowing my mind!!!

    Hmm, I truly hope to be healthy (I’m a Cancer survivor) and to live a long life while raising my girls who are currently 1 and 4. I desire to help others, to introduce them to God and the hope that we have in him.

    For my kids: I pray that they would have an unstoppable passion to know God and to follow Him. That He would be so close to them and direct their feet. I pray that He would lead them in our world that seems to be filling up with more and more darkness.

    Most of all, perhaps, I want to meet your Mom in person! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, your whole family, really….

  5. Bethany

    I hope you blog a lot when you live in Cambodia, Livi! I always love to hear things from your perspective.

    I want my kids to be sold out followers of Jesus when they grow up. I want them to be committed to the Word of God and obeying God’s daily leading in their lives (no specific area really–God’s more creative than I am. I’ll let Him choose). I want them to understand the truths of Scripture and live them out! I want them to have a close relationship with God and have their hearts set on heaven and eternal things. And that’s what I want for me too!

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