Hello there. It’s been five weeks since we pulled out of that driveway. In five days we hit the road for our first great adventure of discovery. I sit here all cozy in my new little home of 384 square feet, assessing the progress and what still remains to be done. Down-sizing a home of five is no small endeavor. I knew it would be a massive undertaking and let me say, I did not under-estimate the task. It was insane, and honestly, it’s still not completely done. We may have sold off and donated a ton, yet we still have this crazy storage unit that needs some serious organization. Thankfully my husband and I are exercising a lot of grace with one another. After all, we did it. We stepped out in faith, and for now…that is enough to anchor us.
So what did we do all month? We’ve been gearing up. Determining exactly what needs to be in this rig. Exactly how many towels, cereal bowls and pairs of Jenn’s shoes can we squeeze into this little box without putting us over the weight limit? Yes, for those of you who have not investigated the lifestyle of tiny-mobile-dwelling, it is a whole new world. My truck can only pull so much weight and my rig can only hold so much as well. It is a balancing act that my husband monitors ever so closely. Apparently I have the propensity to over pack and utilize heavy accessories. You just trying analyzing how much each item in your wardrobe weighs…it’s not so easy. Unfortunately we aren’t traveling to Hawaii or the Caribbean Islands, so I can’t simply wear a bikini and earrings….my jeans, boots, scarfs….well, you get the idea, they weigh much more. And forget the kitchen, that might just be impossible. I determined this morning that the waffle iron is a no-go. Chris’ Cafe cooked up some amazing blueberry waffles and bacon for the kiddos…but we just can’t justify the weight when pancakes can be made on a light-weight flat-top. Clearly us foodies have some serious decisions to make around here!
In addition to gearing up, we have been testing the terrain. We have moved from the beach to the mountains and back to the beach. It seems we have the gear to accommodate all the adventure we can handle. Well almost, tomorrow we are outfitting the troops with hiking shoes and then we should be equipped to see all the waterfalls we can find in Oregon and Washington. We are expecting to encounter plenty of rain and sun on this trip, so we are keeping a bit of everything on hand.
Aside from that we continue to homeschool and the kids have Tae Kwon Do when we are in town. It’s funny, this full-timing thing. We wake up everyday in a place where everyone else is on vacation, yet we still need to be productive. This can be challenging. It’s not so easy to do math lessons and book reports when there are kids running around playing and your neighbors are having parties…let alone keep your focus when the tides of the ocean are beckoning your attention as the waves crash against the rocks and mist the air. It is a constant lesson in training oneself to focus. My poor kids…such difficult training they must endure. Seriously though, although it seems like we are just camping…we are living as usual, just with a different life-style. I think some expect us to say that it is all fun and games, however laundry, dishes, three kids sharing one teensy room, a husband with a traveling job, school-work and paying bills still provide a reality check. However, the perks are gradually starting to appear and this upcoming adventure is what I’m anticipating. We feel a bit like we still have our training wheels on. I think that as we acclimate to roadschooling and our lifestyle change, we are going to flourish as a family.
Don’t get me wrong though, even though we still have responsibilities, we have some serious fun and great opportunities. Here are some of the highlights from our first month:
As you can see, we are blessed. One day my children will look back at this adventure and actually have these photos to remind them of each season and part of the journey. For now, I will simply pour into them and remind them of Proverbs 3:5 as we try to model walking in faith.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”