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Joy In The Journey-Home Is Where the Heart Is

Joy In The Journey-Home Is Where the Heart Is

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By Jonathan Oliver

Decisions, decisions, decisions…sometimes life just seems like a series of decisions. There are not too many things that jump to the top of my list when it comes to things I don’t like doing more than packing and moving. Last year in the course of three months my spouse and I moved two times. During the first move my wife was eight months pregnant and the second one Journey was only a month old.

When Saran and I were going through our premarital class, the couple that led the class warned us with words of caution saying “Be careful when stating absolute things you won’t do or put up with, particularly when it comes to your marriage”.  After we finally got unpacked and settled into the home we are currently renting I breathed a big sigh of exhaustion and relief and told my wife we were not moving anytime soon. Fast-forward to three months later and we have just met with our realtor/friend who shed light on the possibility of purchasing our first home.

One of the first things that we are learning (and when I say we I mean myself in particular) is that it’s easier to move when Journey is an infant than when she is school-aged. Right now for her, home is where the heart is. As long as she feels the love from her mother and I, the home doesn’t make a difference. When she is older it could become more complicated with the loss of friends, making new friends, a new neighborhood, new schools, etc. Moving right now or in the near future would impact my wife and I mainly. We like our current location, however most of the people we have met thus far live in a completely different area of town. Also, as Journey gets older, we want her to experience diversity in her life and in this area there are very few diverse families or people. I grew up with a plethora of diversity in my childhood and I feel it’s one of the reasons I am so open hearted and have a love for people, culture, and tradition today.

Some things that I’ve never even considered in my adult life now seem to come to the forefront as a parent. Questions like what is Saran’s commute time to work, where is the best school district, the best teachers, the safest neighborhood, distance to church, distance to grocery stores and on and on. It’s a blessing to be in a position in life where God has allowed my bride and I to have the financial means to move if we choose to as well as have the guidance of people who continue to pour knowledge into us to make the best decisions possible. The first question that must be asked is what’s best for Journey. Before I became a dad that would not have been the first question I would have considered when deciding whether to move or not. My spouse and I will be married seven years this May and at risk of sounding sappy, if home is where the heart is wherever Saran and Journey are is the perfect home for me.

Jonathan Oliver is an experienced motivational speaker, life coach, and author.  He is the CEO of his company Higher Enlightenment which strives to create a world of truth, love, and faith.  He was born and raised in Texas and now lives with his wife and their first child Journey in Owasso, OK. He is a first time stay at home dad. His contact information is on and follow him on facebook at



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