About a year or more ago, both Laurel and I felt a strong urge to sell everything and move into our travel trailer. As a large family this at first seemed absurd and in the realm of never gonna happen. As time progressed, our attitudes about it began to change and we began to actively push to achieve this goal.
The first step was to start researching. To our surprise, we found plenty of other large families living full-time in their RV’s, some larger than ours! We became avid YouTube followers of several of these families and thoroughly enjoyed their adventures. We got the “bug” and began to prepare.
We had to become minimalist. This was by far the hardest step for us to take. I personally had been hanging onto stuff since my childhood that had no use or value in my life now, but was insanely hard to part with. But, as with most things in life, the more we parted with things, the easier it became.
We also had to put a hitch on our bus and wire it to pull our trailer. We bought a trailer in 2010 when we had 4 kids and had hardly used it. Now we have 7 kids and our life to fit into this thing. We found space-saving hacks on Pintrest, we actively looked at all we had to determine if it would fit in or if it was even necessary.
Fortunately our kids were all on board for this adventure. They downsized their own stuff and helped us to do the same. They had lots of “practice” nights out in the trailer, waiting for the day to come.
So, on September 13, 2017 we set out on our journey. Our trailer was packed, our bus was full, we waved goodbye to family and hit the highway at last. Now, two weeks into this trip I am finally able to sit down and write about it. We’ve had some adventures, we’ve met up with old friends. We got stuck in a driveway, and enjoyed the journey.
We’ve learned lots already about ourselves, our family and our faith. Hope to be able to share some of that with all of you.
To be Continued…