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.

RV Life: The Beginnings

Early in our marriage, around year 3-4, I started wanting to live simply. I was overwhelmed with new babies, working full-time, and loads and loads of stuff. I originally wanted to buy one of those sheds you can buy from Home Depot and convert it into a little tiny home.

And, my husband wasn’t having any of it.

Then, a year or two later, my husband was watching videos on YouTube, and found schoolies. He wanted to convert a school bus into an RV…and live in it. This time, I wasn’t having any of it.

A year or two after that, I had gone on an overseas trip with my oldest. My hubby had taken our other two on a quick road trip to Mount Rushmore, and when I got back, the topic for schoolies came up again. This time, I was all in. So, we started researching buses, and RVs. We decided that an RV would best suit our current needs.

When we started telling people what we were planning on doing…we got a lot of support and encouragement.

The most common comment we got was “That sounds like something ya’ll would do”, followed by “ya’ll would be great at that”.

And because humans are curious in nature, then followed questions:

* 3 kids? How will that work?

* What will you do for work?

* What will you do when you’re done traveling? Will you come back to Waco?

* What will you do with all of your stuff?

* How will you cook?

*What will the kids do for school?

21 Days of Christmas: Days 8-15

Well, I lost track of time this past week, with it being the week of Christmas, and didn’t keep up with the 21 Days of Showing Kindness through Christmas, and into the New Year.

If you’re like me, you can get off track, and start again when you can! The goal is to keep going, even when you have to take a short break. . .

With that, here we go!

Day 8- Bring someone joy by painting a rock, and hide it somewhere in your community for someone to find.

Day 9- Leaving encouraging post-it notes in random places. Maybe at your work, the grocery store. Get creative!

Day 10- if you go out to eat, find out when your favorite restaurant has their weekly special. Order off of the special menu. Your bill will be lower. But don’t stop there! Leave a larger tip than you would normally be able to for your waiter, with an encouraging note on the receipt!!

Day 11- bring someone their favorite drink and snack!

Day 12- when you’re grateful for something that someone has done. Tell them “thank you”, and why you are glad they are in your life.

Day 13- compliment someone. Did they do a great job at work? Did they take out the trash? Did they go above and beyond? Did they show up? Let them know you noticed!

Day 14- bring the people in your office breakfast. Donuts, anyone?!

Day 15-going through the drive through? pay for the next person in line’s coffee. If you can only lend a small amount- that’s ok. Ask the barista if someone has ordered with the amount you can give, or pay towards someone’s order!

Times can be rough. Just remember to keep spreading the kindness!!

Just a little reminder. . .

We all have that someone we look up to. When we think of that person, we think “ahhh! They are living the dream!”

Today, is your reminder that even if it looks like their daily life is rainbows and kittens. It’s not.

Everyone has hard days. And that is ok.

So, if you’re having a day when you feel like you’re the only one. You’re not. We are all out here just trying to figure life out, sometimes, one day at a time.

So. Take a deep breath. Get yourself centered. And keep going.

21 Days of Christmas: Day 4

Our acts of kindness and compassion can bring hope to other people, chipping away at the anger and hardness in their hearts.

People go through so much. Often times, people need just a little bit of grace and love.

All too often, we are reallly hard on people on social media. Hiding behind the screen, it’s easy to call people trolls and snowflakes.

But, what if, we just kept on scrolling. People spend hours a day arguing with strangers on the internet. And I truly don’t understand why. I can guarantee that arguing with each other on social media isn’t going to change anyone’s mind.

So, for Day 4- let’s bypass that strangers comment. Just keep on scrolling if we disagree- or at least be kind in our conversations with strangers on the internet.

After all, we don’t know what other people are going or have been through. They just may need an extra dose of kindness today!

21 Days of Christmas: Day 2

Kindness is like a warm hug.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been blown away by the kindness of strangers.

And the best part, is that it doesn’t cost a single thing.

There have been many instances when a friend or family member sent me an encouraging text, or called me at just the right time.

So, today send someone an encouraging note. Let them know how awesome you think they are. If you know the struggles they have going on in their life, speak life into those situations.

21 Days of Christmas

This year has been hard, there’s no doubt about that. There’s been hardship for practically everyone this year. Fighting a world pandemic. An intense election. Much needed fight for social justice.

So much division.

I feel like this year was inevitable.

Over the past 10 years, it has seemed that each passing year there’s been more anger, more division in the US and across the world. It feels as though this year was the eruption point. The lava has been building for years, and now it’s seems everyone is shouting and not many are listening and doing, and frankly showing love to others.

What if we took the next 21 days, and created a new habit to love others when we disagree, even if we don’t want to.

Ya’ll. This is hard. Yet, I know that if we dig deep, find it within ourselves to say “enough is enough”, we can make a greater change and impact in our social circles. When we do that, I know it’ll make a big difference.

Now, I know I’m writing and sharing this later than I planned. The beauty is. . .we can take 21 days of Christmas and extend that into 2021 when most people feel the hope of Christmas leading up to Christmas Day, and the “magic” fades away. Let’s take that “magic” and keep spreading into the new year and beyond.

Travel and transition

Over the last few months, we have spent most places at the minimum in one spot, monthly. When we started traveling more, in August, we only got to see a couple of places – before I got a job work camping for a couple of months.

And now, we are moving more often, hence the lack of writing over the last couple of weeks!

I liked the predictably of staying in one spot monthly. I like being able to see family and friends for longer. . .

And also, I long to be able to travel places we have never been. It’s harder for us to do that, if we are staying places monthly.

For me, I’d like to find a balance of how-long-is-just-long-enough-to-stay-in-one-place, be able to explore, and not stay there too long.

Which is what I think we are on our way to finding!

Anyways. . .Starting our travel, this year of all years, brings its own set of challenges. Just like for everything else. And one thing I’m really good at is giving up when things get hard. Not this year.

This year, is going to be different. I don’t know about you, but I need this year to be different. I need to know that I can push through a tough season. Or that if I fall off the productivity train, I can hop back on. It’s not the end of the world.

I will not give up on writing and my photography. I enjoy it too much.

As we learn our new normal, of moving more often, I’m working on a few posts that I can’t wait to share. My writings just may be a tad off from what my goals are, and I’m deciding that’s just going to have to be ok!

And just know that if you are feeling the same, you can do this!

Just don’t give up!

December!!!

I’m not really sure how we are already over a week into December. . . And, I just wanted to send well wishes out to you all!! I hope that you are receiving joy, hope, and love. That you see light in the world.

It seems like there are a lot of people who need to feel the love.

A lot of people going through tough times.

And, I know, I know- that’s honestly been the theme of 2020. It’s been a tough year for all.

Through these types of seasons- It’s easy to get stuck inside our own thoughts and our own problems. What if we saw the opportunity in this last month, of this ridiculously hard year to spend each day, of the rest of the year gifting love, compassion, and kindness.

And then, carried it over into next year!

That’s what this season is about!

It takes 21 days to make a habit. So. Let’s take 21 days of Christmas, and give the gift of love, compassion, and kindness. Let’s show up, and come together. Let’s show up, and show the people in our world love.

Stay tuned.