Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tupper Town

This town has little more than a drugstore and post office, but the kind souls we've met make up for what the town lacks. 
We're parked with other travelers and locals lakeside, but this campground is more of a community than a campsite. Neighbors bring us firewood and offer their boats to us. Last night we got to meet fellow southerners from the Carolinas! Their tiny "egg" trailer was the main attraction of the campground. As I entered for a grand tour of the 10x8 space, the lady exiting commented, "the camper is adorable, the stories are even better!" And she was right. A dear couple invited us in and we made fast friends. We invited them in our "home" too, and later we entertained more strangers. We hugged goodbye to our new friends and smiled. Maybe we can bless others we meet all over the country welcoming them in the Avion. 
You're a dandy town, Tupper. We're enjoying our stay!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Journaling

Sentimentality and expression of emotion don’t always come easily for me. I’m a pretty Plain Jane kinda girl. No nonsense, no drama, let’s-all-be-logical, that’s the way I like it. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve cried on my husband’s shoulders many times, so it’s not like I got nothin!
I’ve never been very good at journaling and definitely not making it all fancy sounding. But here I am in an attempt to get a little expressive, sentimental, and maybe a bit emotional.

Why this attempt? Last October, my husband Randy began a career with a specialty rock building company. We had just moved cross-country from our beloved home in California all the way to Greenville, SC. Having barely settled in our current jobs, and new apartment, Randy says, “the company wants me to go to Delaware with them for another rock job.” Um, okay! Great! Awesome, this is a wonderful career choice, pay raise, makes sense, let’s do it--that was my initial response. Two months in the dead frigid winter, living in a Delaware hotel, I wasn’t so sure anymore. I was bored. I left my job, friends, church, family, comfort zone. Comfort zone. This was a new life. One I hadn’t really signed up for. Nope.

Fast forward almost a year, roughly 5 more states, and several months of living in hotel rooms. Okay, this isn’t SO bad. We’re getting to see family along the way, beautiful states we’ve never been to, maybe I could get used to this. After a failed attempt to buy a house in Greenville to come back to between jobs, we decided to purchase a traveling home. Yep, a 35 foot, 30 year old silver Avion trailer. For the first time in MONTHS, I took a deep breath and felt like we were “home!” This home that we could take to Louisiana, South Carolina, New York, all without feeling like we left home. No more living out of suitcases and cooking with wretched hotel pots and pans. This 180 square foot palace has been a game changer.

Originally the plan was to travel for a year or two, or until we start getting sick of it. Lately though, the thought of selling our travelling home, and staying in one spot longer than 2 months sounds so...restrictive...stale...boring!

So here we are currently parked in the beautiful Adirondacks in northern New York, soaking up togetherness, sunsets on the lake, and lots of cozy campfires. This is why I’m journaling. These moments are precious, and I don’t want to forget them or worse, take them for granted. LIfe is a grand adventure and full of the Lord’s most wonderful blessings. This online journal is just a collection of my thoughts and our memories. Follow along if you want to be apart of our adventures, no matter how small they may be.





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Our Summer

 Well, this is kinda of a catch up post. For those of you interested in what's going on in our nomadic life, here is a recap of our summer travels. Internet has been quite sparse for us living in various campgrounds, hence the internet silence this last month or so. But we have traded internet/TV time for lots of campfire conversations and evening walks, and would you believe that we love it so much more? Life is too short to not enjoy the tiny adventures of daily life. Well I said this was a summary, so I won't ramble on. :)
We spent a few weeks in July in the hot and humid Shreveport, Louisiana. It was our first trip with the Avion, and we loved having it a long!
Shortly after coming back to Greenville from Louisiana, we took a weekend trip to Edisto Beach on the South Carolina coast with Mark and Sherry.



It would seem friends are more eager to spend time with us when campfires and s'mores are present. ;) We enjoyed lots of fun times at Paris Mountain where we were parked during our time in Greenville. It was so sweet spending time with our friends, Rebekah and Pablo and their new baby, Caleb. 
It's been a wonderful summer in the Avion!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Adventures in the Avion


Two weeks ago today we pulled away with our first home. :) It's a vintage Avion travel trailer, but it's home for us right now as we travel all around with Randy's work. The last two weeks have been so fun! Of course there are adjustments to downsizing to 180 sq. ft. But in many ways we're upsizing after living in hotel rooms for past jobs. 
I'm so thankful God has provided this little home for us and I'm beginning to understand more and more these days that it doesn't really matter how much stuff or space you have. If LOVE and JOY are in abundance, you have everything! 
Some highlights from the last two weeks: 
 -4th of July picnic under the awning
 -freshly baked gluten/dairy free cookies       in my little oven!! (insert squeal of excitement--sorry I've been oven deprived for a while until now) 
  -wild flowers, morning coffee, and times with Jesus.
  -getting to see family that live close by

If you do Instagram feel free to follow our adventures throught the hashtag #adventuresintheavion

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Nomads?

It was never my dream to travel the country or buy a travel trailer. I never really thought of myself as the adventurous type. Enjoy life with my husband settled down in a nice little house with a couple kids maybe? Yes please!
Well my life looks very different now than I ever imagined it, but it's way better! I could not be happier! Which is funny because I probably have less possessions now than I have ever had, and we're basically gypsies or nomads, or something. 
So this is what happened. We were in th process of buying a house, it fell through. So we were like, that's fine! We're traveling anyway, we're never even in our home, let's just buy a trailer! Ok, so we only had one week home in between jobs to buy a trailer, and a truck to pull it, and sell our other little truck! We also needed to sort all our belongings and decide what we were keeping, storing, and selling. This resulted in a huge, and successful yard sale. So it was probably the craziest week of our lives, but the Lord graciously provided everything we needed! It was such a blessing having Randy's parents in town for the week as well. Mark and Sherry, as usual, were so wonderful to us! We couldn't have survived the week without them all! 
We set out a day later than expected, but still quite amazing for all that had to be accomplished in such a short time. 
For the next job, we're in Louisiana and enjoying living in our first little home. 
We thank the Lord for His incredible blessings! Who knew living in a 180 square foot space with 1/3 of the belongings you're used to is way more fun! This is a crazy awesome adventure God is leading us on and we are so happy!
   


More Rocks

I can't help but be so proud of my husband in the work he does. Not only do I think he's incredible talented, but he works so incredibly hard often putting in 60 hour weeks when we travel for these jobs. 
This is the third Cabela's job they've completed since this past October. 
It was fun getting to see it before we left town.
For those of you who don't know, that moutain is fake, and my husband built it (with a little help, of course). :)
Oh, and that tree stump? That's artificial too! Hand crafted and hand carved! This was the first time they incorporated icicles too. Randy made a lot of those and they look even more realistic in real life. Amazing!
On a side note: everyone says my husband is a mountain goat. It's true. 







Thursday, June 19, 2014

Goodbye Oregon

We're spending our last few days here in the Pacific Northwest, it's actually pretty crazy how fast these last 2 months sped by. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. I captured some of the highlights with phone pictures in no particular order:

-aerial tram ride over the city
-many, many wonderful coffee dates!
-beautiful architecture and scenery
-Multnomah and other beautiful falls
-food trucks galore!
-seeing more Fergusons for a family wedding
-hippie style everywhere =D
-lots of walks and hikes
-playing games and watching sunsets from the top of a parking garage
-lots of flowers, both wildflowers and flowers from my Love!

It's been an adventurous, beautiful 8 weeks. Here's to the next Ferguson adventure!