Leaving California was a little sad, as we loved it so much, but we were really looking forward to visiting Arizona again. About 15 years ago, we visited there and I have been longing to go back ever since. It’s beauty is something you just have to see for yourself, but I still like to *try* to capture a glimpse of what we are seeing!
Here are a few of those glimpses:
Hannah helping her daddy wash the windshield of the RV
You can see so much out of these big windows!
Casinos that popped out of nowhere! Bullhead City, AZ
The view from our site in Golden Valley, AZ
The sun setting on one side of our site
And the resulting color on the other side
And one last view
Beautiful doesn’t even describe this view. The colors were truly awe inspiring and really cause you to reflect on the important things in life.
Beauty and Blessing Awaits,
Such excitement with leaving the VA/TN area and entering Oregon to start our journey in our new home!
We left bright and early Thursday morning from Knoxville, TN and knew our journey would be long. 3 plane flights ahead of us in one day, but we were ready! Ready to start our journey.
This is where the post gets very interesting…
A little back story… when we looked at the coach that we are buying, there were SO many things that just felt right and fell into place. You know that feeling that you get when all is coming together for one specific purpose? Yep, that is the feeling we were having. From seeing the same coach after a year (thinking that it had been sold) to having the finances completely come together to everything we needed being provided for us…it just all worked together for this purpose.
So, when we arrived we were a bit surprised about the obstacle that was in front of us. The coach, which had been set up for us and was operating fine a few hours prior to our arrival, now had some electrical issues. The power was out, fridge was out, no heat and smoke came out of the TV when it was turned on. Yikes! So…there we were, on the complete opposite side of the country, knowing no one except for the family that was selling us their RV. We couldn’t stay in it that night, had to get a hotel room and were left not knowing whether we would be there for one night or several weeks….and we didn’t have several weeks.
But I kept remembering EVERYTHING that happened prior to leaving. I knew that God was completely in this move and I just knew it was going to be okay. I kept picturing us in the RV with everything completely operational and us traveling down the road for the first time in our new home. I kept trusting and seeing the picture of what God had provided for us, not the picture we were seeing at the moment.
The next morning, Steve went to check on everything at the site. Bottom line, the electrical problem was a simple fix, but he said it could have been much, much worse….especially if it had happened to us on down the road. The next issue though was getting a circuit board for the fridge. This part just really displays the goodness of God in our lives….The technician had this circuit board sitting in his truck for 3 months and thought he was going to have to take a loss. He had gotten it for another person’s repair that was not there when he arrived. So, here we come, 3 months later needing it for our journey. He put it in and we are in business….went grocery shopping and filled that fridge! And let me say, the west coast has amazing choices for organic foods….oh my, we felt like the hillbillies coming to Beverly Hills! 🙂
This is the beautiful lady that made so much happen for us, making it possible to buy her RV and filling it and making it a beautiful new home for us.
Here we are in our beautiful new home!
The campground we stayed at in Canyonville, OR was absolutely amazing. Seven Feathers RV Resort is definitely a place that we want to come back to when we visit Oregon again. Beautiful scenery, amazing facilities and warm, friendly people. It was a great way to start our new life!
Hannah took this pic of us on our walk near our site. She actually wanted a pic of the tree and asked us to stand beside it. So, note the tree beside us 🙂
A view from our walk around the resort.
And another gorgeous view….I love seeing remnants of the fall colors!
And here is our new home on wheels !
So, today was the day. The day we moved out of our apartment. The day I realized just how well we work together as a family.
When we awoke this morning, the task seemed so large. We had gotten so much into storage, but there was much left to do. But task after task, we crossed the items off the list until we we looked around and saw that it was complete. Boxes gone, an apartment clean. I am SO proud of us.
Our list had many more items from the previous week, but this was our list from the last few days! Can’t believe the day has finally come!!
I have to admit, I am super thankful that I have vacuumed this flight of stairs, for the very last time!!
And I will miss this view from our bedroom window. I think we were one of the lucky ones in this development to have this view. Yes, that is I-81, but still a great view, in my book!
Our clean apartment….all ready to go!!
And all of our belongings that are going on the RV when we pick it up (except for the blankets—couldn’t take those on the plane with ease)
Hannah and I waiting for Steve to return fro the last trip to storage so we could finish running a few errands, then off to our friend’s house to drop off our car . Then on to Knoxville to prepare for our flight in the morning.
Bye-bye, Bristol Apartment. Another flight of steps, I’m kinda glad I don’t have to climb.
Beautiful colors the sky gave us tonight on our drive to Knoxville.
My entertainment while Steve and Jerry chatted and Dylan and Hannah watched a movie.
We arrived at the hotel and Hannah immediately spotted an indoor pool, so we had to go there right away! No pictures of this, but I can tell you, the time there was short because 1) the water was freezing!! and 2) we were super hungry. So now we are settled in our hotel room until our EARLY flight. Hopefully, our next post will include pictures of us in our new home!
Beauty and Blessing Awaits….
So, I’m sitting here on the floor of our apartment embracing the last moments of our last night living in our apartment.
It has been enjoyable, this time in Southwest VA. We have endured some disappointments, sorrows and heartbreaks, but thankfully there have been many more accomplishments and joys to outweigh anything negative of our time here. We have made some friendships that I know will not be separated by distance, those friendships that remain no matter what the circumstances. I am so thankful for those friends. Without really knowing it, they have renewed my faith in authenticity and love…no judgments or rejection to be found here and for that I can’t thank them enough.
I have been able to take place in opportunities and connections that enabled me to help others in their journey, whether it through parenting or learning or a little of both. This makes me happy…to help someone else find a bit of joy hidden in them and discover and embrace that joy in their children.
My husband and my children have been able to pursue the things that they love. Music, Art, Dance, Play….these have all been part of our days and evenings. Who wouldn’t love to experience these elements each and every day? We are so blessed to be surrounded by the opportunities that we have…So, so blessed.
But it’s time to move on and experience something different. Or, at least in a different place. It has been calling us for quite some time. Ever since we took that trip in 2010 to PA and back in a week, in an RV, we were so hooked. And we weren’t sure when it would come to pass, but we knew it would.
And when situation after situation kept pointing us closer and closer to our goal, we still didn’t know how in the world this was going to come together. But together it has come!
Each time the obstacles come, we trust. Trust in the One that loves us and wants to give us the things that we desire.
So, here we are, about to embark on the biggest journey and challenge we have had to face together. By this time tomorrow night, we will be awaiting our flight to pick up our RV, our new home.
We welcome you to join us on this journey. And remember you have a journey of your own. Whatever your passion, desire, love is calling you to do….Trust and it will come.
Beauty and Blessing Awaits…
I suppose an update is in order. To be honest, we have been so consumed by planning, organizing, selling, giving away and planning some more that I haven’t realized just how much time has passed since our last post. Plus, we have been super involved in many Halloween activities and now that part of the month is in order, we can stop, take a breath and focus on the next thing.
But first, how about a fun Hannah Halloween pic? She’s such a beautiful skeleton, don’t ‘cha think?
Halloween was super fun this year with SO many parties and activities to attend and wonderful friends to spend time with…it’s hard to believe it has come to an end, but we are busily planning our next adventure and our next celebration.
So, about this adventure. We leave in 26 DAYS!! Wow…so amazing that everything is coming together so well. Every thing we need has been available and our path is laid out so clear. To say that we are excited is an understatement. Major understatement. So many dreams are being realized.
Right now, we are in the stage of clearing out our things. Selling, giving away and placing in storage our belongings. It’s very time consuming, but also extremely freeing. To know that we are going to be living on the things that we basically need and then adding in the things that also bring us joy—which means bringing in more creativity into our lives–I cannot state how much I am looking forward to this change.
We leave at the end of the month to catch a plane (or three) to Oregon to pick up our RV and then start the process of driving across the country over 2 weeks in December (and have the joy of catching up with some friends along the way!). Hopefully, we will be taking the time to enjoy some sights as well and I’m sure we’ll be posting more about what we see on our journey….after all, that is why we started this blog 😉
So, there you have it….a very brief update on where we are in our planning in this next phase of our lives. We hope you will continue to join us as we travel and learn together. It’s a happy time, for sure!!
For several years, our family has had a dream. We have heard of families (and gotten to know some) who have taken to a nomadic, mobile lifestyle. People living in campers or 5th-wheel trailers or motorhomes and enjoying the freedom of being able to travel and see sights previously unseen by them. The ability to give one’s children an education that goes way beyond workbooks and tests. The thrill of exploring interests and passions while meeting and building relationships with others on the same journey.
In August 2010, we took a week’s vacation and rented a motorhome, traveling up through Virginia on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, on to Pennsylvania (to visit my family and for Christy to attend BeadFest–a large convention for beaders where she also got to take a class in photographing jewelry), and then down the eastern side of Virginia to spend a couple of nights at beautiful Pocahontas State Park before having to (very reluctantly) return the RV to Asheville, NC where we had rented it.
The trip was heaven in so many ways, and we found ourselves falling in love with that style of living. The beauty of nature, the fun of making s’mores over a campfire, the convenience of traveling in a vehicle that was a self-contained living space so that the only rest stops we needed were truly to rest and explore.
That started us on an intense amount of research, attending RV shows when possible to check out all the different options available, many many late-night conversations about what we wanted our life to be like, pictures of RVs posted on our vision board, and lots and lots of dreaming. There were times when it seemed a mountain too big to climb. There were other times when it seemed like it was actually coming together, only to have the plans fall through and for us to find ourselves seemingly right back at square one.
But finally, and almost when we least expected it, the pieces began to fit. Things started to quickly fall into place, and suddenly we find ourselves now in the process of purchasing a motorhome and getting ready to embark on our new adventure in just 55 days!! The motorhome we are purchasing is a 2005 Damon Intruder, and it is located in Oregon. So, on November 29 (if all goes as planned at this point), the four of us are flying out to Oregon to pick up our new home and drive it back cross-country, taking about two weeks to make the trip!
A year ago, we downsized from the 3BR/2.5BA home we were renting in Abingdon, VA to a much smaller townhouse in Bristol, VA. But there is still more downsizing and purging to do, and so we are now in the process of selling or giving away a lot of our “stuff” that we can’t take with us in the RV (some will go in storage, but a lot of it is being sold or given away). The next couple of months are bound to be an exciting adventure, and we are looking forward to seeing some new sights as a family on our cross-country drive. (Due to the time of year, we will be heading south through California and coming across the southern US to avoid increased chances of winter weather that could impede our travel.) And then, we have who-knows-how-long to look forward to even more adventures.
We already have a few destinations picked out, but for the most part, it is an open road before us, and we’ll be heading where our hearts and desires (and occasionally some geographically-specific work!) take us. We hope you’ll join us as we share our adventures here.