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Three years ago we moved from the little farmhouse that we remodeled into a bigger farmhouse that fit our growing family. We found what we thought was the most beautiful piece of property with the most fertile soil that you can imagine. The house was a little big for our tastes but so unique and with so much potential. After a year of living here, we opened a business in town that took off quickly. It was a wonderful life.
My gardens here grew in abundance and we did what we can to improve our home like renovating the bathrooms and kitchen and creating a beautiful space. We thought we would live here forever, we loved it.
Over the past 2 years, life has become more difficult. With 3 children with varying special needs, we never know what is going to be around the next corner. We’ve been lucky to have a great team of doctors and therapists close by but they never gave us what we really needed, which was family. Of course, we made friends in our new area but it wasn’t the same and with the nearest family being 5 hours away, the most we would see each other was once a month and only for a day or two.
Something else that we reflected on over the past several months was our financial goals in life. We originally hoped to be debt free by the time we were 30. (Consumer debt free by 30, mortgage free by 35.) Well, hubby is 30 and I’m 29 (and not getting any younger apparently!) and we aren’t close to our goals yet. Even by following a strict Dave Ramsey program and budget it would still take us too long to get to where we want to be.
So today I’m sharing our new journey with you.
We are moving.
Back into an RV.
Hold on a second…didn’t I say that we would never do that again? And now we have more children and a smaller rv than we’ve had in a while. Is it really possible to condense an average size American home into less than 300 sq feet and be organized enough so that 5 people aren’t going to go crazy?
I really hope so.
Why on earth are we doing such a thing? Well, we are headed back to live by family once again. Life is completely different than it was 5 years ago when we originally moved away and into the small farmhouse. We just had one 1 year old. Now we have a 6, almost 4, and almost 1 year old. We are looking forward to being around family again for the first time since we’ve become a “whole family” (no more babies for me unless God has a plan I don’t know about!). We are looking forward to their support and to be able to help each other out like we’ve been unable to do for the past 5 years.
But why the RV? Well, because we already own it, the kids are familiar with it, and we won’t have to move into a rental. The RV can go with us where ever we are. PLUS, we will be 100% debt free. We don’t even know what that life is like yet since we went from having student loans to having car and home loans and anything else that came up in between.
In short, we are sad to go, somewhat nervous about the journey, but excited about the possibility of the future.
I’ll be updating you on our new journey as we go along. In the meantime, feel free to read all about our last fulltime RV living journey. I’m glad you will be coming along with the ride. 🙂 I still can’t believe that we are doing this again! In my next post, I will have a video of our RV and share with you what I’m doing to create a livable space for our family for the coming months.