How It All Started

So, our big idea started simmering in our heads last summer, but we really got serious about making plans and going forward after a late night conversation on life. Both of us had lost close loved ones recently and had been overwhelmed with sadness. My Papa, who helped raise me passed away in 2013, then Jeff lost his grandparents not long after. We were left grieving, but it also brought some perspective of how fragile life is. We never really know what tomorrow will bring. This got us thinking about how people make bucket lists or say they want to go here and there someday, but they never do or even if they do, they’re too old to really enjoy it by the time they get there. So, why wait?!

Jeff started pestering me as usual coming up with these crazy ideas about life on the road, living like gypsies and even moving to the mountains. Throwing out these plans he’s had building in his head for months, maybe evens years. After I had given it some thought and finally agreed, we decided we shoot for next year, that way we would have time to get all of our things in order and save up some money. Yeah, a year is a good time frame. We figured if we wanted to live life more simply, we should probably consider downsizing from our big beautiful home. A RV or camper seemed to be the smartest choice for a mobile dwelling. Downsizing our home would also mean we would need to think about what to do with the “micro farm” and our belongings, but we had given ourselves a year so we’d have plenty of time. After we felt good about our plan, we start sharing this with some of our close friends and family, some were a little hesitant but most very supportive.

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The old house

Now, while we weren’t planning on leaving our home behind quite yet, Jeff was still was curious on how well we might do with selling it. He contacted our realtor mid-July just to look into it and cure the curiosity. Given the market was doing so well, our realtor suggested we actually try to sell the house then rather than waiting another year. This surprised us as you could imagine, but we had a pretty life changing decision to make. We gave this new information some thought over few days and decided to go for it! It took us a couple weeks to get the house looking sharp, slapping on a new coat of paint and finally finishing some small landscaping projects before we put the house up on the market. The house went up for sell by the end of August and sold within 10 days!! Our buyers wanted to close by the end of September, so that only gave us a few weeks to downsize and oh, find an RV!

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Back view of the old house
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My beautiful garden & chicken coop

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