I know I said this month was going to be all about breastfeeding, but I had to give an update! It’s too exciting to wait.
So, you may remember that our family has been in the midst of a major upheaval and shift in our life for several months now. Back in January (post here…I know there are others that shared our story, but I’m clueless where they are…) we were working on our plans for my husband’s next job after the military. Then, he officially became a civilian in early March and since then we have been living with my mom while selling our house and finalizing those details, all while still working to get my husband a job.
Well, I’d love to say that we found a job for him and everyone lived happily ever after, but that is not the case. The Lord is for sure providing for us in this time and we are forever grateful, but we are definitely having to repeatedly put our “plans” down at His feet and surrender things to His Sovereignty. The process is absolutely a growing experience.
So far, my husband has repeatedly been met with frustrating comments of his “overly-qualified” status. Somehow I just did not expect employment for someone like my husband to be quite this difficult, but, hey, I am turning it to the Lord and looking to see what He has planned, because this is going to be quite an adventure!
In the mean time, we have profits from our house getting sold (YAY FINALLY!!!) to help hold us over for a while, which is a blessing and a half, but we are no longer thinking that staying here with my mom will be the best for us at this time. So, we did something radical and on the fringe and out there…we bought a beautiful camper trailer for our home!
It’s Official…RV Living, Here We Come!
I am beyond excited about this new adventure for our family. Anyone with kids who has visited anyone for even a week or so knows how tricky it is trying to settle into a good routine with kids in a new place. As absolutely grateful as I am for my mom’s generosity in letting us stay here, this move has been tricky for our family to navigate. With school starting up again in just a few weeks, we knew that establishing a solid routine and pattern would continue to be tricky in a situation where our “home” was not our own. Enter the camper trailer!
With kids, I believe that having a consistent environment that has some level of predictability is key for their stability. This season of flux has kind of taken away from level of that for our family, but living in a home that moves right along with us allows for this great opportunity to provide consistency of environment without keeping us in a location that does not work for our goals. RV living just makes sense for us in this season.
I do not yet know how everything is going to work out with where we will be parking our trailer and holing up, but things look very promising at this point. When I know, you’ll know =0) ::wink, wink::
Here are some pictures of the camper! All of us are SUPER excited for this adventure, kids included. We have been working on downsizing our things for several months now, and we are now in crunch time to get it all squared away. I know we will eventually be doing some modifications to the camper, but even as is, it is a beauty…and the Lord worked a MIRACLE with the price! What a blessing!
Are You Crazy?! RV Living? Why are you excited?!
Well, I’m glad you asked. Honestly, this is like a dream come true for me! I am excited for the challenge of minimalist living. I am excited for the challenge to trust the Lord even more with each day. I am excited for the challenge of learning how to use every square inch of space in the most effective and efficient manor possible.
I am excited.
I am nervous about some things, like moving the thing and potential weather issues, but even weather can be a problem in a regular home, so no major difference there. And, the beautiful thing is, if the weather is really looking bad, we can up and go! Pretty sweet to me.
I have always been a “voluntary poverty” type (it was actually listed as a pretty high spiritual gift for me in my last spiritual gifts test…as was writing, and a few others, hence, here I am =0) ), but my husband does not share that gifting. Which means, this has been a long time coming! Yahweh works in such amazing ways that it has been my job to just keep trusting Him and going where He leads me.
He has been training me up in preparation for this move for the better part of three years, which is insane when I look back on it. Teaching me to let go of material possessions, to learn what is important, to learn to make things from scratch and depend less on most products, etc. All of these skills will come in handy soon enough.
I am in love with the prospect of having very few precious possessions and all of us reconnecting with the Lord’s good creation even more. I am in love with removing even more of the world’s influence from media from the kids’ minds, even though we regulate it immensely right now. I love that we will be able to move quickly and easily if/when my husband’s job situation works out. I love that we just bought our new home in cash!
I am so thankful for the Lord’s provision during this time, even though it is totally “out there” for most people and on the fringe. I am excited to grow, and excited for the challenge, and excited for the new adventures.
Needless to say, I am researching my tooshie off looking for various solutions and ideas to simplify this new style of living as much as possible. My Pinterest boards are exploding with pins! If you haven’t found me there yet, join me =0) We are also researching solar panels and options like that to get even more off-grid, which is a long time desire of ours. Funny how the Lord works! He certainly has a sense of humor.
So, if you live in the mid-Atlantic area or southeastern quadrant of the US and don’t mind a trailer in your driveway for a night or two, let us know (this is a practice called “boon docking.”) Having a safe place to park will surely be a nice option while we work out the details, or if we decide to travel a tad.
What About You?
Do you have any experience with RV living, or even road trips with family? What did you love and hate about the experience? Are you a big camper, or do you hate the outdoors? Share below =0)
**This post is linked up at The Prairie Homestead Barn Hop #170…for other great blogs full of tips for simple, natural, or down to earth living, check out the Barn Hop link-up!**