In sharing our journey with all of you, I am struggling to find a place to begin. Do I start from when we met, when we left the military, or when we decided on living in a RV. I want to start at the very beginning because I feel the journey to here is so crucial; but for time purposes and not to bore you all to death, I will start from about 2 months ago. But along this journey, you will learn our whole story, the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Two months ago, we announced on Facebook we were moving to Texas from Florida
Look, aren’t we so cute in our boots and home shirts? We were excited, we were going to be living cheaper than we do here in Florida AND close to some of our best friends!! YAY!!! But then reality set in (after getting Disney passes again) and we realized leaving Florida for good was NOT what we wanted at all. And when we explained to all of our friends and family they were relieved that we came to our senses. (we are a bit hard headed and it takes us a while to get with it)
So about 2 weeks ago we decided ok, we will move more inland in Florida and live even CHEAPER than we were going to live in Texas.
LOOK! Lake front property that is 1 hour from the west coast beaches, 45 mins from Disney, and 1.5 hrs from the east coast beaches! WINNING!!!! This was perfect, smaller house, less to take care of and clean! This would for sure bring us happiness and we would be happy here. (or so we thought)
There was a huge ordeal where we had to sell our house in 90 days (and this sucker isn’t selling for some reason) and they wouldn’t even start to build until we were out from under this house. Which to me, was STRESSFUL! We might lose this spot because our house might not sell in 90 days and THEN we have to find some place to rent for 6 months?! Can you say expensive??!!!
So, I got the great idea that we should live in a RV for those 6 months and travel and see friends. We’ve always wanted to do this. It’s been my dream since getting pregnant with Mia, our 3 year old,(isn’t she just the cutest) that I would homeschool and we would travel the world showing her all the adventures. So it was a perfect idea. We had figured buy a cheap RV and travel then when our house was done, we would have a RV AND a house. Perfect right?!?! The dream right?!?!
Well, not quite for us. I had reached out to a dear friend I met at church who has been full timing for 2.5 years. I wanted to her advice on what to get, what to do, and how to do it. Her and her husband have been nothing but super stinking helpful! They went with us, talked us through different situations, showed us what to look for when buying a rv, and gave us a great deal of hope! (If you’re looking to go full-time I HIGHLY recommend shooting me an e-mail and I will link you up with them)
David has always dreamed of owning a diesel RV, I think a lot of that stems from his dad being a trucker. I also know a lot of that is due to how reliable they are. I had told him if we are moving into it for 6 months, there is no way I’m buying a diesel, financially it just didn’t make sense. So, we had gone to the RV lot (well more like an auction lot) with that in mind. Little did we know, our entire plan was about to be uprooted and changed.
Funny how God works huh? Here he had placed Heather and her family in our lives 2 years go via MOPS and a women’s bible study. Heather is a wild, awesome, loving, exciting, friendly, accepting person. She is not judgmental! She told me she lived in a RV with her kids(4 at the time, now 5) and husband and LOVED IT! I was amazed and excited for her and the hope that we could make our dream happen. Over the course of these 2 years, we became closer friends and talked about everything in life. So here we are, sitting in the RV lot, browsing RVs, and once again, I am asking her about advice on life and what we should do. We talked about my fears of Mia not having friends, of not having a consistent sport or activity, and of my fears of hating it. And she eased all of them, every. single. one. And made me realize how our military life had prepared or even groomed us for this life. This is the life that God had chosen for us a while ago, like 14 years when I first joined the military and 17 for David. He prepared us with a nomad spirit but giving us the military and showing us that this is what we were designed for. Traveling, seeing the world, and having the means (isn’t that why people join the military in the first place?) Fast friends is what we are good at, because we’ve never had any other choice in the world. Mia will learn this, she will adapt and overcome so many situations because God gave her parents a military lifestyle and a nomad spirit.
So as we sat in that RV lot in Tampa, David and I realized the time is now. Listening to other people say “I wish, if I could, I should,” etc got us to thinking, WHY ARE WE WISHING?!?!?! We have been blessed financially and the home based business I have is giving us this incredible opportunity, WHY ARE WE WISHING?!?!! Heather reminded us that nothing is permanent. If we don’t like this, we aren’t married to it. We can get out. And while I love that we both agree at any point we can say no, neither one of us feels that we will.
So Monday, July 10, 2017 we decided to make one final decision on where to live and MOVE into a Class A diesel RV.
We decided we are tired of WISHING and WAITING and that God has a plan for us, and it’s not to spend our blessings on a house that doesn’t do anything but stress us out. We want to spend it making memories, helping others, traveling to visit friends and family, and giving our daughter a childhood that can’t be bought with toys. It’s time to live the life we have only dreamt of and challenge ourselves to be different and live outside the normal box of what society says. Are we going to face adversity and challenges? OF COURSE (and you guys will get to see all of that) BUT we are going to make memories that will last a lot longer than the $10 toy from target or the $45 manicure from the nail salon. These our daughter will get to carry with her for the rest of her life. And THAT, THAT right there make it WORTH IT!
I’m so excited for all of you to follow our journey, the ups, the downs, the in-betweens. And to learn how to make it work so you too can stop wishing and start doing! We want you to be involved in the process of making the RV our home