Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Share your decision to sell all and travel...

A sweet mama asked this question, "I wondered if you would share your decision to sell all and travel with your young family???" I will attempt to answer as best as I can although I'm not really sure where to begin!

Hmmmmmm lets see ....

I could begin with the story of how my husband was born in a barn due to his family selling everything and traveling in an RV. Contractions started so his father pulled into the nearest farm, knocked on the door and my man was delivered moments later by a veterinarian doctor....

I could begin with my husband always dreaming of traveling in an RV but me not so much....

I could begin with stumbling upon an amazing website by Tara and hearing that she was making a big move that would thrill my hubby yet scare me to death... I actually commented on her blog as Trinity Mommy in September saying, "My husband would LOVE to do this, Im the chicken though!"

I could begin with our transition to unschooling and the world being our classroom and what all that entails...

But I think I will start here...
My husband is a dreamer, he is such an amazing man who desires to always work for himself and has been doing so for the past few years. Recently we have both been feeling complacent/stuck like. Our life is GREAT, my husband only works 2-3 days a week and even then is usually home after lunch, we had the ideal home life but... something was missing!

We thought that we were supposed to start farming and began looking for land and researching cows and realmilk but things just weren't coming together. After keeping up with Tara and her journey I also stumbled upon Sara and her RV adventures and began following along (though NOT mentioning it to my hubby!)

About a month ago my husband and I began reading aloud this book and talking about what kind of story we were living, we realized that being complacent was not a good thing and we had become too comfortable in where we were! Not long after this I had a dream that we were doing the crazy non normal thing and traveling the country unschooling our kiddos in a RV, I even posted about it in a "confessions" post which was the first time my hubby heard about it and of course began brainstorming about how he could get me "on board" with the idea :)

We started looking at RV's just to travel during the long weekend that my husband has off but then we realized that we could not afford to keep the house and travel so he threw out the idea of embracing full time life on the road. I thought about this for a few days and then decided, sure lets go ahead and list our house to see what happens (thinking it would take a few months at least) but it sold in three days! So here we are currently trying to downsize from our 1700+ square feet stick home into our -300 square foot home on wheels! We will still be living in our area (in the RV) until my husband sells his business and then we will hit the road officially!

The children are all excited about the new journey, we have committed to one year (after the business sells) and then we told the kids that we can discuss whether or not they want to continue for another year or if they would prefer to settle down again.

Well, there you have it.. the beginning of the journey, we have NO IDEA where this will take us but are thrilled to be doing it with one another! Many people call us insane and irresponsible because we are leaving such an amazing business that offers us so much time together and great money but we feel lead towards a different "story" I hope you will continue to check in and keep up with our adventures!

16 comments:

  1. love it! tell them you're simply leaving one amazing thing for another! exciting times, tho i'm so glad our getting ready is over. eek! :)

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  2. So excited for you Heather. What an adventure!

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  3. I'll definitely be keeping up! This is fascinating to me. So amazing how this is all coming together for you.

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  4. what a grand adventure for your family! I just found your blog a couple of days ago, so the one thing I wonder about, is after your initial year of traveling, how do you plan to financially support yourselves. I don't mean to be nosey, but how does one do that without having any sort of income for the long haul?

    Very interesting blog, I hope to follow regularly.

    JaDell in Idaho

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  5. I get this and don't think it is irresponsible. We have been financially in trouble this past year, due to underemployment. I think not having financial stability for a season in life is something everyone should go through. It takes us to a different place in our relationship with God. It is one thing for someone to tell us that God is faithful. Knowing it first hand is another thing entirely.

    Your adventure may not lead to any instability. But if it does, you will have gained so much and be richer for it. I don't think you have anything to lose. There is only gain here.

    Bless you!

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  6. Yay for you! What a great wife you are to fulfill your husbands dreams~ God will bless you for it, too. What a great testimony to God's timing, that the farming didn't work out and the house sold in 3 days. I know people who have been trying to sell their house for several years.

    I agree with mamabear:))

    Enjoy the journey! And really~ do stop in if you get close to Wisconsin. We'll feed you some good farm food and we'd be thrilled to see you:))) You are making me ponder my dreams.....

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  7. Thank you everyone for your comments!! Its a scary yet exciting adventure for us!

    Our Crazy Farm, We would LOVE to stop by if we are in the Wisconsin area.. I will keep you posted :)

    Mama Bear, Thank you again for lifting my spirits! I know that we will face MANY difficulties but I hope and believe that they will grow us as a family and as individuals just as you said!

    Jadell, We are not sure how we will be supporting ourselves but we know that we are capable! I think that the problem with our society is people get stuck in one job and dont believe they can do anything else. We may have a difficult road ahead but I have no doubt that my husband will provide for our family as he has always done. Thank you for your question!

    Katrina, Im thrilled that you are following along AND that everything is coming together though Im waiting for that hiccup that usually always comes towards the end!

    Cheri, WooHoo I was THRILLED to see that you found my blog!!! As I was cleaning out our "stuff" I found your notes on Cayla's birth, it was exciting to see the documented process by you!!

    Lundy's, Cant wait until we roll out and our "getting ready" is over!!!

    I have photo's coming soon of the interior that I took yesterday!

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  8. I enjoyed this post and love seeing how God is working in your lives!

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  9. Girl, I had no idea you were hitting the road! Just happened to see a facebook post about your new home! What a wild crazy ride you are embarking on. Wish I could take that kind of risk. I'm interested to see how things go! Keep us updated!

    Hana
    MomTog Diaries

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  10. so I found you thru a comment on The Nester's blog. . I think the title We Are That Crazy Family made me click on you. . .it was the post The Nester did on the dog. . anyway, then I clicked on Fulltime Families having NO idea it would be about RVing. . but I am sooo excited. We are taking a 2 week RV trip. . hubby and me and 4 kids just to see how it is. I am excited for you. . a whole year!! What a wonderful experience and education for your kiddos. . .I think it is quite the opposite of irresponsible and crazy. . .you are pouring into you kids, you are role modeling big dreams. . don't we all want our kids to grow up big dreamers. . oh I am thrilled for you!! I am rambling. . I think it is "funny" that I stumbled across your blog and these other RV blogs. . I can't wait to carve out some time and read thru them

    So I want to hear about the transistion to "unschooling"

    I appreciate you sharing-
    Su
    Raleigh, NC

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  11. Su, Im SO GLAD that you found my blog! Cant wait to hear about your 2 week RV trip! I LOVE Families on the Road, there are so many wonderful people I have met through that website! I cant wait to browse your blog! I will be answering your question about our transition to unschooling as soon as things slow down a bit for us so stay tuned :)

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  12. so I found you thru a comment on The Nester's blog. . I think the title We Are That Crazy Family made me click on you. . .it was the post The Nester did on the dog. . anyway, then I clicked on Fulltime Families having NO idea it would be about RVing. . but I am sooo excited. We are taking a 2 week RV trip. . hubby and me and 4 kids just to see how it is. I am excited for you. . a whole year!! What a wonderful experience and education for your kiddos. . .I think it is quite the opposite of irresponsible and crazy. . .you are pouring into you kids, you are role modeling big dreams. . don't we all want our kids to grow up big dreamers. . oh I am thrilled for you!! I am rambling. . I think it is "funny" that I stumbled across your blog and these other RV blogs. . I can't wait to carve out some time and read thru them

    So I want to hear about the transistion to "unschooling"

    I appreciate you sharing-
    Su
    Raleigh, NC

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  13. Thank you everyone for your comments!! Its a scary yet exciting adventure for us!

    Our Crazy Farm, We would LOVE to stop by if we are in the Wisconsin area.. I will keep you posted :)

    Mama Bear, Thank you again for lifting my spirits! I know that we will face MANY difficulties but I hope and believe that they will grow us as a family and as individuals just as you said!

    Jadell, We are not sure how we will be supporting ourselves but we know that we are capable! I think that the problem with our society is people get stuck in one job and dont believe they can do anything else. We may have a difficult road ahead but I have no doubt that my husband will provide for our family as he has always done. Thank you for your question!

    Katrina, Im thrilled that you are following along AND that everything is coming together though Im waiting for that hiccup that usually always comes towards the end!

    Cheri, WooHoo I was THRILLED to see that you found my blog!!! As I was cleaning out our "stuff" I found your notes on Cayla's birth, it was exciting to see the documented process by you!!

    Lundy's, Cant wait until we roll out and our "getting ready" is over!!!

    I have photo's coming soon of the interior that I took yesterday!

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  14. what a grand adventure for your family! I just found your blog a couple of days ago, so the one thing I wonder about, is after your initial year of traveling, how do you plan to financially support yourselves. I don't mean to be nosey, but how does one do that without having any sort of income for the long haul?

    Very interesting blog, I hope to follow regularly.

    JaDell in Idaho

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