So one night around 2AM, I hear "fulltime RVing". I know it was God because I didn't come across something on Google, or Facebook or any outside force. I didn't watch a movie, or talk to a friend...nothing. It was just those two words, laid on my heart. So of course I answer as one normally does in these situations... "huh???". THEN I Google. So this is a thing, people DO this, I had NO idea ( www.kelloggshow.com www.familiesontheroad.com www.lundy5.com www.newschoolnomads.com ...the list goes on and on ). But then there was the hurdle of telling Brandon, surely he would think it was another one of my crazy ideas. Turns out, he didn't think it was so crazy. And for the first time in EIGHT YEARS, he and I started to share the SAME dream. We have never, ever, had the same vision for our family. Yes. It makes life pretty hard when you and your spouse don't agree on pretty much anything. So why WOULDN'T God show himself in this situation?!?!? Of course He would! We have gone after Him individually and as a couple more than we ever have in the past year and are resting more easily into His arms as each day passes.
So, that is the short answer of how we got here... now I will try to answer all the questions that I can:
- Finances: We have to sell the house before we can leave. We are debt free besides the house, and the sale of the house will allow us to purchase the Rig and Truck. (We are going with a 5th wheel, front bunkhouse set up...as of right now). We will come back to Huntsville 3 times a year (March, August, October) to run our seasonal Consignment Sale. That will be the bread and butter income. It is by no means a lucrative business, and could never allow us to afford a sticks and bricks lifestyle, but it should be plenty enough when coupled with www.workamping.com to keep us comfortable. Workamping is when you take short term jobs for either money, free hook ups, or both. We plan to use workamping to fill in the gaps.
- Christian: I explained finances first so this part would make more sense. The 3 times a year that we are back in Huntsville, we will continue to get him every other weekend like we do now. Since we only have a one month break in Sept between the 2 sales, we will spend that month in Georgia and see him quite frequently. 2 months of summer he will more than likely spend with us entirely, and the other 6 months of the year his school calendar has a one week break each month (I think this is a product design of split homes, just my guess). We will fly him out as he wants during those times.
- Insurance: We are not insured now through Brandon's work and are usingwww.samaritanministries.com
- Mail: we are, fortunately, not embarking on anything new here - thus all these things are already a paved path. There are services that will forward your mail, scan your mail, whatevs. They will do it all. A quick Google search for mail forwarding services shows tons of options.
- Stuff: We are selling EVERYTHING, and storing pictures/memory items etc. It wasn't until I was talking to my brother tonight and I said out loud "I think having the consignment sale has accelerated my awareness of how much we consume as a society. As individuals, we know we consume too much, but when you see it on an amplified basis by owning a consignment sale, it just heightens your awareness." I made the connection that when I worked at Publix behind the service desk I quickly learned to never buy lottery tickets. We would watch people burn through tons of money on scratch off's - we would never buy them, bc we knew. We saw what they didn't see. It heightened our awareness of how many losing tickets there were, and how very little winning ones there was. We want less of the rat race, the consumption, the cycle.
- Internet: there are tons of configurations and ways to stay connected. Most people our age that are doing this are able to bc they had a work from home job anyway. They are computer software geeks, online store owners, all sorts of things. They decided to hit the road, and make the USA their backyard while they "work from home". So, where we are not fortunate enough yet to have something like that, the point is that people EVERYWHERE are staying connected and have already figured this all out. We have researched and will take the advice of those that have gone before us.
- Fees: there are tons of clubs and programs out there that streamline campground fees, offer huge discount rates, etc. Good Sam and Thousand Trails are quickly becoming my favorite. Again, there is a whole world out there that is doing this, we are not breaking ground here.
- Stopping: We don't know when/if/how we will stop. God had already worked out the whole homeschooling thing for us, so if we run into McAylee's school years she will now be "road schooled" instead, and yes - that is a "thing". Best part is, if after 6 months we decide we hate it, there is always craigslist to sell the rig, and ALWAYS a home to rent or buy in any town we decide. On the contrary, if after 2 years we decide we still have so much to see - then we keep driving! :)
Well, if you read this far - thanks! I know there are tons more details and such, and we are working on them all. It will all be in the timing of the sale of our house. There are homes in our neighborhood that have been on the market for over 2 years. It is just slow moving over here. However, with that being said, I still know we are going where we have been called, and because of that it will all be perfect in His timing. I have a sense of peace and lack of worry over the whole kit-and-kaboodle. Until then, we will keep you posted!