RV Life: The Beginnings (3)

Once we got there, we (ok, I) immediately knew this was the rig for us. “Yup, this is it. Let’s buy it.” It was even on sale.

We told them our situation, and that we wouldn’t be able to make a payment until our house sold in 2 weeks. So, they said that they would set it aside, as if it was already sold, and if for any reason our plans fell through, they’d put it back on the lot.

Our house sold, so we called the RV dealers, told them we were on our way.

We get there, and come to find out…5 people requested to see it, after having zero interest in it for months, until they locked it up for us. At this time, I was starting to get pretty sick.

After everything was squared away, Allen found a truck he liked. We left the RV at the dealership to get prepared for us to pick it up. So, we drove out, test drove the truck. Allen liked it, we bought it, and the next day picked the RV up.

All I remember from those couple of days is being in so much pain.

Everything worked out so smoothly, well most everything.

RV Life: The Beginnings (2)

Because we had done a lot of research before hand, we knew exactly what we were looking for in an RV. So, when the time came to get serious…we weren’t budging on our “must-haves”: enough space that all 3 kids could have a space on days where everyone just needs, well, space, deep storage, and all 3 kids have their own bed, in which we don’t have to repurpose as another space.

So, we began our search. We looked at two locations in Waco, not finding anything we felt was the right rig for us.

So, Allen started searching online. He couldn’t find anything within a two hundred mile radius….

Simultaneously, we had put our house on the market, just after the New Year in 2019.

For two weeks, we were in a phase of keep-the-house-clean-and-find-an-activity-to-keep-the-kids-busy-while-we-wait.

And then, he found it. The rig we were searching for. Allen requested to be able to able to go see it. We got a response back that if it hadn’t sold that day, they’d lock it up until we got there the next day.

Photo of the Day

Did you know that alligators bark?

A few weeks ago, we went with my hubby’s Granny to the zoo. I don’t know if we were being too loud, or there was a zoo keeper nearby bringing food. . . But this guy let out a low, loud growl/bark. I jumped, and screamed just as loud. And then laughed at the realization that I never new alligators even made a sound, let alone a growl/bark.

Mountain Climbing

Y’all know those older metal slides? The ones that are tall, steep, get really hot in the sun, and you go down them really fast?

My daughter had been watching her brothers, among a ton of other kids, go down this slide for the two days.

The first day, I was able to distract her and tell her that I couldn’t take her up it…it was too steep…..

The second day, though….she had enough. She saw that monster of a slide, and began climbing up it confidently. Like she owned it. Like she had done this a thousand times.

After about the second step, I -of course- had to support her all the way to the top…encouraging her all the way up. Going down the slide, with her. It was scary to see this little 2 year old climbing up this mountain of a slide, with no fear, whatsoever.

At the bottom, I realized something. I realized, that I could have missed a great opportunity

An opportunity to empower my daughter to do something big, no matter how big the obstacle.

And since that moment, she has continued to try new and scary things. This little 2 year old is learning the meaning of adventure and explore. She’s learning to conquer.

And these are the moments that make up the saying: Though she may be little, she is fierce.

I love that part of my job as a mom is to nurture our babies into the humans they will become. No matter who I think they should be, or who I want them to be.

If we listen closely, we can tune into who they are, and guide them to become the best version of who they are meant to be. We can teach them how to climb the mountains.

Science: Fall

Day 1: Read, Read, Read

Today, we read fall books to prepare for the week ahead.

For us, choosing books off of https://www.getepic.com/ has been a life saver. I downloaded the app. . . And, ahead of time, I chose fall books on each kid’s reading level. Then, they read them at their own pace, while I’m working with another kid on something else.

Then, we review one of the books together, hit on the main points, and answer some comprehension questions. I also love that the books on Epic has quizzes, so I can use that as well for comprehension checks.

Epic works best for us, because we have a small space. . . and there are a ton of digital books. I pay one monthly fee for all 3 kids, and don’t have to pay per book!!

Once they read one book, other suggestions come up. I love this, because they can keep reading to extend their learning. And repetition is important.

We will continue reading the same fall books all week, and they will have the option to choose new ones.

Another great idea is to hit up your local library. Same concept applies. Re-read and re-visit the same books throughout the week.

The Why Behind the Writing

Hi! My name is Jessica, and I am Rooted Mama!!

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed some new faces around here. . .so, I thought I’d introduce myself.

My family and I travel full-time. We homeschool while on the road, and we work remotely. And sometimes, we work camp!!

I started writing years ago, because I needed an outlet. Writing is therapeutic for me. I internalize my thoughts over and over again. Which, cranks up my anxiety.

SO, I started writing as a way to get those thoughts out of my head. To process. To verbalize all that internal thinking.

I’ve found that I love writing about a whole host of topics: anxiety/depression/mental health, marriage, parenting, education and homeschool, health and wellness, my walk with Jesus. . .and I LOVE sharing my passion of photography.

So, welcome AND thank you for following along this journey!! I’m humbled that you choose to take the time out of your day to read and join along!

26 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 5

The other day, I got to babysit my nephew. After my sister came to pick him up…we went to the park with all of our kiddos in tow. If we had stayed in our house, and decided not to travel full time…We would have missed out on moments like this.

I’m grateful for spending these moments together, and creating memories.

The Pain You’re Feeling

11 years ago, this girl had NO IDEA that the pain she was going to walk through over the next few months and years….it would be hard. It would be dark. It would affect her relationship with her fiancé. It would affect her future pregnancies. It would take time to heal herself, and her future marriage.

If you have lost a baby- no matter how long you knew you were pregnant… your pain is real. I have no words for the hurt and pain you are feeling, because although I have been there…your story is different than mine.

If you’ve been feeling the hurt and the pain for days, weeks, months, years…yes, even after you’ve welcomed other children into the world…know that you are not alone.

I can’t promise anything to you. I can’t promise you a rainbow baby. I can’t promise the hurt will never go away. I can’t promise that around certain dates your mood won’t be affected.

But there is one who is a promise keeper. And it may not feel like it now, but He is sitting with you through your pain.

And if you allow it…the pain you are going through can allow you to grow, heal, and see that the days that were associated with deep grief and hurt…new days come and they can be associated with joy, love, and peace.