In early 2015 we decided to sell our stuff, rent our house, and live on the road for a year. Michael quit his job, we bought a fifth wheel, and we traveled the country hitting 27 states and falling in love with each one. We didn’t have a specific destination or goal in mind. we just wanted to experience our beautiful country, make new friends, receive a hands on education (aka homeschool, roadschool, lifeschool), and most of all create life long memories as a family. We started a YouTube channel during this time to chronicle our adventures and let others in on our story. As we share our adventures and life with you, we hope to encourage you to live big, and go after your dreams!
We got home from our RV trip and knew that a new adventure was coming soon, it wasn't long before it fell right into our lap. We are currently on a 1 year humanitarian trip volunteering for an organization called Operation Underground Railroad helping fight human trafficking of children. To learn more about our current adventure:
Write your own story!
Would you want to read a story about a character that is comfortable and doesn’t change? We have felt inspired that God wants us to write a better story. A better story doesn’t mean a story full of peace and joy. It means better. It means there will be great and wonderful moments, but also trials and sorrow. A great story is full of conflict. The characters learn, grow, and become better. A great story is full of surprises, and doesn’t always end wrapped up with a nice little bow. A great story can be unpredictable, heartbreaking, funny, and inspiring. We want a better story.
Before we came to this realization, we had a lived a good and blessed life. Our story had been one with ups and downs, as well as highs and lows. We had many joys, private heartache, and we are grateful for all the good and bad. We were happy and comfortable, but we felt that we were missing something. We accepted that Michael would work full time for someone else and while work is honorable, we were missing out on some of the greatest years of our kids lives. Our story had become stagnant, and rather than writing and creating our story with God, we had let a comfortable life write our story. We had been tossed about by the prevailing winds.
We don’t think you need to sell everything you own and live on the road or volunteer a year of your life in order to live a worthwhile story. That’s our story! You have a good story to live too! We hope that you can find your story. Your story might be to remain resolute and strong through debilitating pain and physical and mental suffering. Your story may be to help a wayward child. Maybe, your story is overcoming loneliness and finding peace.
Now, ask yourself...What can I do to grow, to develop, to live my dreams and reach my potential? What can I do to improve my world? How will I overcome the pain and heartache placed in my life to make myself better? How will I write my story?
We hope that as we write our story with God, that we will develop and grow. We hope that our family will become closer through the blessings and trials to come. We hope that our faith will grow as we rely more on our Heavenly Father. We hope that we can live a story that is worth reading.
We hope that YOU will be a part of our story!
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