From Suburbs to Homestead
We have always been the typical family. Going from 2 bedrooms to 3 bedrooms, with the growth of our family, was as adventurous as house hunting got to be. But over time we developed a new quest. A quest to downsize and live simpler lives. After many weeks and many different ideas of how to do it, we came to the same conclusion, which was we are always going to be spending more income on basic housing payments and utilities, that we were not going to be able to make the big change necessary to live the life we wanted. We needed to downsize our living arrangement. But that was even a daunting task. We have 4 children and 2 dogs and almost 20 years of stuff we’ve accumulated together. Living in smaller quarters would be really difficult with the amount of sibling rivalry happening and the tons of stuff we have.
Living in a world of “Bigger is Better” and “Got to have it”, we now discovered that we were no longer a typical family. We just didn’t belong in the neighborhoods going through the same routines every week and being no closer to our goals. While researching some videos on a popular website, my husband found that there were many people, including families, that were living in RV’s. This was something I was not on board with right away. I had always had four walls and a yard for the kids. How in the heck was I going to homeschool in such tight quarters? So, we began to dig in deeper to the idea. Then one day, my son and I were looking at sales ads for RV’s and realizing most were not for us. They were way too small and/or way too expensive for what you were getting. And then there it was! 33 feet of machine with a lot of history. Priced well for us and looking like we could all fit, we went and looked at it. OMG!!! I was not impressed. The current owner obviously had not taken pride in it. There was no awning, and it had not been updated EVER! Plus, he couldn’t promise that anything worked. Not sure that hurt my feelings after smelling the refrigerator. But, after much talk and a little bit of haggling, oh, and a huge leap of faith, we drove it home.
Now here we are. I’m not going to lie to you. This wasn’t easy for me or the kids. However, things are progressing in a way that shows us that we made the right decision at the right time. We invite you to join us on our journey and see where it leads us. Hopefully, it will inspire you to take your own leap of faith and live your dream.