Finally Friday!

WOO! Anyone else ever feel like the week just flies by and you get nothing productive done? Surely, I can’t be the only one! If I am please let me know you’re secrets to be productively awesome!

Here is a recap of what has happened this week, it’s been a wild one!

So we started off with painting the walls grey, they are so beautiful, I love love love them! IMG_9797

David helped a buddy finish up his flooring and rip out flooring in another RV the past couple of days and we have been enjoying a small break from updating ours. Today that has all changed! We have been working on trim work ALL day today and it’s really coming together nicely! Not only that, David has ripped up our flooring so that we could lay the new! IMG_9799

It pretty much looks like a war zone in there! Our flooring came in yesterday from Lowe’s and we are excited to get it laid and get to IKEA to get some new furniture for the RV! To include Mia’s bed, she’s pretty excited, although she has no idea what to expect really! In an effort to help her feel more a part of the process, we went and picked out some Paw Patrol bedding for this new bed! Little does she know, it’s also an ottoman! I’m sure it’ll be a weird adjustment, but I don’t see her in that sucker often. I’m pretty sure she will be in our bed with us! LOL.

On top of all of the renos, we have decided we want to go Vegan, so I’m busy researching and joining all kinds of groups to figure out HOW! Obviously pretty easy, don’t eat meat, dairy, or eggs, but I feel like there is more to it than just that! Thankfully I found this incredible group! YAY!!! Vegan roadies for the win! It’s been super exciting watching how others are living this lifestyle on the road successfully! I’m curious though how many vegans there are out on the road, if you are one of them drop me a comment! I’d love to know how you manage on the road! Or just in life in general! And if you have meals, I’d be even more excited! LOL

One thing I am super excited for while traveling is to hit all the beautiful farmers markets around the US. I think it will be such an awesome thing to not only help the farmer, but get things fresh fresh fresh! If you have a MUST visit, please drop it in the comments so we can put it on our list! I have done some research on places to check out and one I came across was Harvest Hosts! This looks like such a cheap, fun way to meet others, try new things, and see the countryside!

This has pretty much been the extent of our week, making life changes, working out (daily), and putting our time into the RV reno! Hopefully, the weekend will be more productive than this week has been!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you let me know some of your favorite vegan meals, farmers markets, and just places you love the most so we can start making our list!

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Painting

Well, we’ve owned our beautiful Class A for almost a week and we’ve done quite a bit to it. Well, ok, maybe not quite a bit, this painting thing is taking forever! IMG_9703

This beautiful white color ( I don’t remember the name of it) is covering some of our cabinets and changing the look of the RV. I’ve always dreamed of white cabinets in my kitchen and even in our tiny house, I’m getting them! (YAY) BUT, that comes at such a hefty price. Painting is for the birds. Literally, if you love to paint my hat is off to you, I hate it. It takes so long, it’s so time consuming, and I’m an impatient person.

We did have a little fun with it though, the first night we started, I thought “Hey! Let’s drink some wine while we paint, that will make this better.” It did, for me, my husband on the other hand, had to do all the work! LOL I’m sure he appreciates my mad wine drinking skills though, they are far better than my painting skills! I encourage you to check out my wine  and paint live.

So, after the first night of painting, we changed our plans, we nixed painting all those cabinets in the RV and have a mixture of different colors, the bedroom will stay mostly the original color and so will the cab. The kitchen/living area is going to be white and we are hoping the two shades will mesh well and give it more of an illusion of different spaces.

Here is some of our progress and the changes we are doing! I’m hoping this process speeds up, but I’m pretty sure I’m learning the value of patience right now.

The Beginning

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 IMG_8658

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. IMG_9412

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)IMG_9379 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.IMG_9628.JPG

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

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