No big secret! I am pushing the 60 year mark. I have never really been one to reflect on age too much so it didn’t just creep up, it hit me smack dab in the face. I think the catalyst was losing my mother-in-law and having my Dad go into Hospice. This following not too far behind the loss of my two life long best friends and 3 close family members that I also grew up with. It made me realize that I am at the time of my life where I am going to be experiencing frequent, high impact changes because those who I have known forever are leaving. That being said, I started thinking about what life looks like for my husband and I. It also got me motivated to get moving again. Soooo, let’s do this………
We have a contract on the house! Yes!! That means that our budget has changed so we will share that with you in a post sometime over the next month, before we hit the actual blacktop. As for now, we are at my husband’s best friends home in Louisiana. This is where we are making our home base for all the pertinents while we are on the trail. We will be here for the remainder of July and, depending on our closing date, possibly for a week or two into August. As a side note, I should mention that this was a planned pre-trip lay-over from the start. We have a few solar related projects that we were not able to accomplish ourselves since we don’t know how to weld. Lucky for us, Daniel is very handy in the welding department and is generous enough to offer his assistance in this area.
The plan, from here, is quite simple; Live. We found that most of the folks we know spend their days working to acquire a bunch of stuff. Very nice stuff to be sure. Then, after they work and shop, they sit at home in the air conditioning or heated home, on the nice sofa, and they turn on their nice television and sit there waiting to die! Not consciously, of course, but still with the same result. Seriously, just stop and look at your life honestly. Look at everyone you know. Make an honest assessment of what is going on in every home in every city and every state in this nation. The majority of us are simply living to die. NO MORE! We are making the choice to live life. Death will just have to do without us for a while.
So, maybe we are crazy! Or are we? Let’s face it. We sold a 5 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story house and we bought a bus. An old church bus. Granted, the seats are not there any more and it has many of the same accoutrements that you would find in a RV that a lot of people take on vacation. Still, it IS a bus and we ARE planning to live in it. All of the time. You make up your own mind, but we do not feel crazy at all. We actually feel relieved, for lack of a better word. The weight of trying to conform to what life has become has been lifted and we released the fret factor. It just wasn’t the fashion we felt comfortable wearing.
What I would like to do is share why and how we made the decisions we made that brought us to living full time on the road. They are numerous and varied so that will a series of posts to follow. Since we are now beginning this new journey, I am going to begin posting short briefs every 2-3 days from here out. On Sundays I will be posting longer reviews to give an idea of the reality of life out there. If there are any topics, hints, tips, products or other information that you would like to hear about, please feel free to contact us. We would love to help everyone have the life they dream of because that is what God created us for.
Also, as a final note, I would love to invite everyone to check us out on Patreon. We have a page there where we will be adding even more special interest information. We hope to provide our special guests with some unique insights, in depth and honest reviews, and a few small gifts from time to time. We want y’all to be a part of our adventure.
Don’t forget, we are on Facebook and Twitter as well. Those formats give us a better opportunity to communicate directly with everyone out there on the road, as well as at home. We also plan to have a YouTube Vlog station coming soon! We just can’t wait for you to be able to see our adorable pups and our obnoxiously demanding kit. You know how people get about their critters.
In the meantime, we hope you have a fabulous life and we pray God blesses you abundantly. See you on the byways!
Jim and Kam