Thursday, November 17, 2016

RV Life...soon.


This month we bought an RV to live in.  I know that is weird and maybe even a little crazy, but we did it.  It is a move we’ve been planning for months but weren’t too sure how it would pan out.  Or, even if it would.  But now there is a trailer in our driveway, a hitch on our truck, and a box of luminoodles on its way to our address.  (I refuse to live the camping life without twinkle lights.  It is where I draw the line, folks.)   

For almost two years, we’ve been feeling the need to simplify, choose freedom over expectations, and wholeheartedly pursue living out a good family story together.  It did not start as a dream to live in a 17-foot RV (I really thought we’d be in a 34 foot airstream with new wood floors and little cactus plants in the big, airy windows)—but our path has led exactly here, and it’s terrifying and exciting. 

There have been moments of panic.  I’ve woken up a few times in the middle of the night wondering what the hell we are doing because I don’t know about bears or wilderness or how to cook tasty things in my oven let alone over an open fire.  I don’t know how to “winterize” anything and honestly, the luminoodles are not so we can look cute while we camp—I’m gonna wrap those suckers around my kids so I don’t loose them somewhere on a mountainside.

The day we picked up the camper, right before we handed over our money, Phil and I both walked into a corner of the dealership and just breathed.  We kept asking, “Are you okay?” And we both kept answering, “I think so.”  At one point, Phil did say, “We could just run.”  After laughing and instead of running, we talked everything out—What do we want?  Would we regret not giving this a shot?  Where is God leading us?  So we handed the salesman our money, hopped into our truck, and drove the tiny (guys, it’s t.i.n.y.) RV back home. 

It has been a huge learning process.  The times we feel nervous about what we don’t know, feel afraid of what others might think (you know you think we cray cray—it’s ah-ight), or feel overwhelmed by big dreams, we always come back to those three things—simplicity, freedom, and to live a good, adventurous story. 

So here is to living with less, wild spaces, quiet work, learning new things, nature, homeschooling on the road, facing fears, 140 square feet of living space, four humans, two cats, and twinkle lights to make the kids into walking glow sticks.   We will be messy at it, but I am thankful for passionate, adventurous hearts to share the experience with. 

We will post our trip itinerary sometime after Christmas.  Be sure to let us know if we are in your neighborhood!  And if you are a seasoned RV-owner or camping expert, feel free to share hints, tips, or advice—we will be very grateful! 

14 comments:

  1. Amazing. We actually are selling everything and doing the same thing. We have researched for a year. Just sold our camper and upgrading to a toyhauler so I can have an office and place to homeschool. We will most likely be moved from home to RV within 3 months. Yay you!!! Hope to meet you in your travels!! Jenn Dove

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    1. That is so crazy awesome! I'm so excited for you-- that's a great idea for extra space and an office! Happy travels-- we will keep an eye out for you guys ;) <3

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    2. see you on the road. Heres to living free and new adventures!!

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  2. Well... good for you!! I would love to simplify my life, but at 60, it seems a tad late.... how wonderful and brave of you to make your life an adventure!!! Have you sold your brick and mortar home? Love this!!!!

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    1. It is never too late! You are a spring chicken, are you kidding!?!
      We are working on moving fully into the RV by end of Feb/early March...until then we are still in our home:).
      Thanks for the encouraging words!

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  3. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!! so excited for you guys!! hope you know plenty of are we there yet? games!!!!! xxxx

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    1. Ha! We need to stock up on those! We do have plenty of dvds and books to keep them busy!!

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  4. I had a sneaking suspension that this was the route your family would take. I look forward to your journey, as this is something I dream of, but doesn't fit with my life at the moment. I recently finished Marie Kondō's book about decluttering and organizing and loved it. I'm not sure if you've given it a whirl, but it seems to be a love or hate book.

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    1. I will have to check that out-- I love a good non fiction book!!!

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  5. Wow, exciting times! And no, you're not cray cray...you're living life! Now I have so many (nosey) questions...like, what are you going to do with your current home and where will you be visiting (come on over if you get to San Diego, CA!), and does your hubby work from home too? I would bet my bottom dollar that you will have NO regrets doing this. Seriously, can't wait to read up on the adventure as it unfolds. Hooray for simplifying. I am doing the very same thing in my home. PURGE city! Seriously, San Diego or bust y'all!! Welcome any time!

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    1. I LOVE San Diego!! We lived our first 10 months of marriage about 40 minutes north and would go there a lot...It might be the best city in the US! Phil is hoping to continue his education this spring, and I will be working on the road. We are planning the trip itinerary presently-- and I'll be sure to post it when we have it finalized! Thanks for being so excited for us! ❤️😘

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  6. ooh we've been thinking of doing that as well. but our first step would be to just get a B class and instead of vacationing oversea, we'll be doing it cross country with our furbabies. then we'll eventually considering moving in full time. Can't wait to read about your adventures!!!

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    1. That's a great idea! It would definitely give you a taste of it!! And hooray for bringing pets on vacay!! 😁👌

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  7. So awesome! My only advice would be to NOT leave the cats or food outside at night ! Unwanted bears definitely A no no.....Unwanted skunks, a double no no ;)

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