Launching is not for the faint of heart. No matter how stoked they are, if any traveler tells you there’s not some part of them freaking out they’re probably lying. We want to show all of the excitement of our adventures but never at the cost of realness. There’s enough fake in the world and we don’t need to add to it.
So here is the humble raw part of our launching adventures. It’s chaotic. And stressful. And expensive. And overwhelming. I mean we have insurances, internet, renovations, maintenance, selling everything, finding renters (good ones), quitting our jobs. Certainly AFTER those logistics it won’t be stressful right? Aside from the fact we will loose most stability, as an ADD mom I’ll have to homeschool the kids and we’ll trust God to bring a new work contract every 3 months? And this is where most people go from this 😍 to this 😬
So on many nights like tonight where I look like a zombie in an overwhelmed chaos fog I catch a glance at my tattoo. The one I wanted huge and obvious. For the many seasons of life I knew I’d walk through where I’d need an “in your face” reminder.
Be still and know. Did you know that its not talking about being physically still? It means to let go. To open your hand. To give up control. To me most days this seems crazy and honestly if God hadn’t changed my heart we’d probably still be talking about it. But I don’t want to be in control of my life. That’s Gods job. And for good reason because his ways always better than my ways. So here I sit in a daily mantra of “be still and know” as I loosen my grip in attempts to freely give up control over it all. To drop my hand. To trust without hesitation.
Rest is not a word I am friends with. It is the word I need most, but always my most constant battle. Long ago God spoke over my heart that I needed to slow down and rest. To which I promptly rolled my eyes at like a stubborn tween. He promised that if I would walk this road, I would receive rest. And even though I still don’t want it I can see how I need it. How my family needs it. And I can see it coming. Balance, order, unity. All in the form of rest.
So heres to still and rest.
With a side of humble reality.
Today we were able to spend some time organizing and moving the washer and dryer into our rig. We haven’t hooked it up yet, that’ll come in a few days.
Maybe it was because we were kid free (Thanks Auntie Em) so things were a little more peaceful, but I am just so grateful for the life that we have.
We have all of the amenities we did in a normal house (except a tub and dishwasher) but I have a freakin washer and dryer in my RV! How crazy is that?! We have all of the luxuries we need and have learned to live with less. I am thinking this whole Tiny living thing might be a long term thing for us.
Our life is so much more simple and easier in a lot of ways. Life in general will always have struggle. I will always have anxiety. Kids will always act up. Marriage will always be work. But boy oh boy am I glad we made the choice to leave our “Normal” life!
Today was a fun and eventful day for us!
We found a grocery store to get some food and snacks, and met a fellow full-time RV person who currently lives in Tofino, but is originally from Israel. She gave Liam and Nora each a collectors Canadian quarter to keep. 🗺
Then, we watched a seaplane take off at the Tofino water airport.
We ate lunch, drove to a nearby park, and played on a bike path/natural playground for a while. Then, for the first time ever, we trekked through a rain forest. Going in, we had signs warning us of bears, and wolves... which was new for us (usually it's only bears). It was so beautiful, and the trail led us right to the beach. It was amazing!
*Swipe for more pics* I took a lot, so I'll probably do another post from todays adventures!
Have you ever been in a rainforest? Canada? If so, where?
The camper at night. 🌠 Why not?
My man put the rope lights up tonight. Love always having light outside the door. I'll often work late in my studio (trying to stop that habit!) and then when I open the door to go back to the camper, the dark surprises me. Not now!
1/2 On a rainy gray January day, most possessions in storage, the rest in the car, our family of 3 watched our ever-shrinking rv through the rain streaked rear window, then peered through the squawking windshield wipers towards our new hotel-home. A deformed frame under the curbside slideout requiring a factory repair has displaced us for the duration. Most everyone I share our story with tells me I need to write a book. While in our hotel-home, I will try my hand at an article and see where it lands. To sum up a long story…multiple deteriorating health issues, discovered when @inspiring_images_by_amy_lyn was hospitalized in 2006, caused hotel travel to became exceedingly more difficult. Later that year, we bought a wheelchair motorhome, realizing retirement may not be in our future, and got serious about hitting the road. After 15 years as a banker, I crossed over and took a job that is “like” an auditor (cue Darth Vader music). After nearly 11 years of full-time rving, we are on our third coach. We’ve driven 400,000 total miles while fighting two fires, and Amy Lyn survived a stroke while fighting type 1 diabetes. No endless supply of rainbows and unicorns are promised, but some of her rainbow photographs are amazing and she finally got to see her beloved orcas. With the future as uncertain as what dreams will entertain you as you sleep, we choose to fill each day with experiences and moments to remember. #rvlife#rvliving#fulltimerv#fulltime#travel#winnebago#winnebagolife#motorhome#t1d#t1dlookslikeme#type1diabetes#type1diabetic#strokesurvivor#natgeotravel#travelblogger#travelphotography#travelling#xscapers#escapees#camping
Considering the few downsides of this camping spot, it was actually pretty great for being free. And it had tons of OHV trails throughout the whole park. Beautiful tall, skinny trees, but those many trees were bad news for the length of RV we have. We learned that we should always bail on unknown campsite if we get there after dusk, never trust the GPS coordinates on a certain website because they will just get you lost. Lastly, do not judge others camping around you, because they will be the first ones to come and help❤️
Crazy first few days decking out the RV (officially named Matilda apparently @simonebourner ?) and learning how to drive it (left side drive and rights side of the road 🥺 and 25 feet long). First day we picked it up at around 3pm and went straight to Walmart and got the basics - floor mats, sheets, blankets, washing stuff, and some basic food to eat that night (hot chicken and rolls) before heading to Hollywood RV park for a few nights which was a nice way to familiarise ourselves with the switches, water, drainage, furnace, stove, etc. Getting out of LA on the 7 lane each way highway was sketchy as the RV felt like it’s 1.5-2 x the width of a car and rattles around/moves around the road a lot. Was getting confident with it until this morning had a new challenge with some severe wind warnings pushing the RV around on the highway had me a little freaked out but had co-pilot Simmie aka DJ providing country music tunes to keep me calm...ish 😅😅 - Josh
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Excuse our bus building space aka bus storage aka messiest garage there ever was. The real focus here should be on that clean white ceiling panel. The very first piece of the Cascade puzzle were putting back together. Holy guacamole.
Not only did we enjoy our time at Busses by the bridge at Lake Havasu. We also went to Blyth, Quartzite, and taking the hwy 1/101 back up thru Big Sir, San Francisco, the giant Redwoods.
You see, “vanlife” to us means explore. Explore the world around you and take in the sights.
How do we do that in a 1971 VW bus? Simple, @strictlyforeign gets us and keeps us driving smoothly on the road every time.
We are not “that” couple who enjoys twinning, but when it’s the last day of the event and want to showcase how proud we are to support such a great local (local in Grants Pass) business well then we make an exception. we love our shop shirts from Mark!
3 4716 hours ago
Does anyone know what type of flower this is? 😍
21 4602:34 PM Aug 10, 2018
This weekend was so much fun, and I wish it would have lasted longer! If you are ever in Tennessee, you have to go stay at Anchor Down RV resort! It was very clean, they had beautiful flowers wherever you looked, and the view from the sites were amazing, especially at sunset. They also have lots of activities for everyone, such as, swimming, tennis, boat tours, paddle boarding, etc. Thanks for a great stay, @anchordownrv
16 3649:58 PM Aug 6, 2018
Can’t believe this weekend is coming to an end. I had so much fun at @anchordownrv and I hope to come back soon. My full review will be out tomorrow. 😊
16 4418:21 PM Aug 5, 2018
Burn baby, burn. 🔥
8 3971:35 AM Aug 4, 2018
Took a fun bike ride through the woods with my brother this morning.
19 3993:26 PM Aug 1, 2018
Went on a drive to City Lake Park! It’s got a short, paved walking trail through the woods and a little waterfall at the end. Wasn’t one of the cleanest parks that I have been to, but still a nice place to go.
24 3699:47 PM Jul 30, 2018
Another butterfly picture...🦋
9 3366:13 PM Jul 30, 2018
Couldn’t resist taking a picture of these beautiful flowers with an equally beautiful sunset in the background. 🌸
Last night was pretty much sleepless for my family and I. At around 8:30pm we got alerts on our phones that there was a tornado in our area, and we needed to take shelter. We immediately grabbed our pets and drove to the bathhouse in the campground. We stayed there for around 45 minutes, until the warning was over. At that point we went back to our RV and were awake until around 4:00am because of hail, lightning, thunder, and the sound of twigs and other things hitting our rig. But I am very thankful that there was almost no damage to our campsite and RV. ❤️
27 5231:12 AM Jul 22, 2018
Evening pickup truck ride 🧡
25 44412:41 AM Jul 20, 2018
Passed this creek today 🙌
22 4424:31 PM Jul 16, 2018
42 52110:46 PM Jul 7, 2018
Today my family and I spent about 3 hours exploring Cumberland Mountain State Park. It was so beautiful and very clean. We definitely will be going back!
18 3859:17 PM Jul 5, 2018
If you are ever in Tennessee, you CAN’T miss Bee Rock! It’s so beautiful! ⛰ And the best part is it’s only a half mile hike! Also, Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸❤️
17 4718:51 PM Jul 4, 2018
Beautiful photo of a beautiful butterfly! 🦋🙌
📷: My Mom 😂
13 3696:59 PM Jul 1, 2018
A few more pictures from the creek. 💖
14 3788:23 PM Jun 29, 2018
Sorry for not posting a ton of pictures. It has been storming for a few days so I haven’t been able to get outside to take some nice photos. 🤦♀️
12 26010:04 PM Jun 27, 2018
Early (kinda) morning hike. What a nice way to enjoy this beautiful day. 😊
14 4224:58 PM Jun 22, 2018
Now to fill in the rest...
(And yes I have been to more states 😂, just not with the RV!)
17 29511:43 PM Jun 21, 2018
Pets appreciation post! 😘🐶
This is Penny (first) & Jackson (second)
13 41511:08 PM Jun 21, 2018
So thankful to live in such a beautiful place! Hey everyone, I am Chloe, a.k.a. TheRVTeen. My account is all about showcasing all of the adventures of living in an RV!
I will be sharing photos of my experiences, and I will post tips and tricks for all the other teen RVers out there! 🌹
12 4289:20 PM Jun 21, 2018
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This is me when I’m the happiest and at my best. Chad and I went through lots of bumps before we became fulltimers in 2016 and it’s been life changing. Selling our 3 bedroom house, almost all our belongings, and learning to live a minimalistic life in a 22ft space also has it’s challenges but the freedom we have been afforded is unparalleled. After traveling the past few years around the country, and 40,000miles later- it was the best decision we could have made. ❤️⠀
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Christmas is down and my new couch is ordered! Perfect for friends to come visit or even a new roommate 😉 In a few short weeks I’ll replace this little guy for a larger more comfortable sofa perfect for tons throw pillows! 😍
Who’s ready for the big news?!!!! This morning on my way home I got the official email. I was featured on a blog! A post just about me and my camper. How freaking cool is that?! I’m still over the moon excited and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. I’m seriously smiling ear to ear writing this. And you guys, the writer @mountainmodernlife couldn’t have described my niche more perfect. Below is the link go check it out! OMG!!!! Also, make sure to give her a follow! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Madi had her last homeschool review today for 2018-2019 in our current state and this girl is golden! We homeschool year round with a "parent constructed" curriculum (as the state calls it lol) and we love the freedom and creativity it brings! And homeschooling in our RV is even more exciting.
We can't wait to hit the road and explore more of Madi's interests (science, history and art are her main three right now) while experiencing the states in all of it's educational glory.
We use store bought workbooks and a lot of resources (worksheets, workbooks, and kid mode assignments on the laptop) from @education_com. This site has made homeschooling for cheap so easy! But we're most excited about traveling to history and nature rich places to interact with knowledge one on one.
PS. We also reupholstered our dinette cushions yesterday with neutral colored Mexican blankets and HOLY COW we're in love with this look! 🥰🙌🏻