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


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!

Friday, June 13, 2014


It's been awhile since I've posted. Our time in Oregon is almost over. Next week we will go back "home" to South Carolina, even though we don't actually have a home there. We no longer have our apartment and the house we were wanting to buy fell through. I've been seeing more and more how life rarely goes as we planned, but I guess that's what makes it an adventure! God has been so good to us and we can see now that it was a blessing in disguise not getting the house we wanted. 
We have thoroughly enjoyed being in Oregon the last two months. I think this has to be on the top of the list for some of the most beautiful states! We've gotten to see the Multnomah Falls, taken hikes, seen the International Rose Garden, and probably visited about a dozen excellent coffee shops!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Views of Oregon (Part 2)

Yep, that's my husband!
Oh, snap! This picture makes my heart skip a beat. Sorry ladies, he's taken! ;) 
These views are from Cannon beach and Ecola State Park, and honestly, the pictures don't do them justice. We were there on an absolutely gorgeous day and it was just breathtaking--not to mention the drive to the coast was just perfection as well. We are very much enjoying Oregon!
Oh, and a few of our favorite places for coffee and eats? Oh there are so many! But a few of our favorites are definitely the food trucks, which you can basically find all over the city. We loved Slappy Cakes as well. Be prepared to stand in line for a while, because they are so busy and don't take reservations, but definitely worth the wait, because who doesn't love making pancakes right at their table? :) 
As for coffee, Randy and I may have disagreed a bit on our very favorite, because there are SO many amazing coffee places! But we had it pretty well narrowed to 3 top places: Heart Coffee: definitely try their affogato! Case Study Coffee: such a bright and happy environment. Ristretto Roasters: superb coffee. And of course there are many Stumptown Coffee places which we also loved. Portland is definitely the coffee city, though I don't know if that's official, but I think I just made it official. And we loved it because of that! Go explore Oregon--it's amazing! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Views of Oregon (Part 1)

This past weekend was such a treat! My friend from Cosmetology school, Angela, and her husband came down from Seattle to see us here in Portland. This was the second time I've gotten to see her this year and that is so special since we live on opposite coasts!! She and Jon were so much fun to hang out with and explore the beauty of Oregon together!
This park is called Cathedral Park and it is all underneath a beautifully constructed old bridge that looks much like the architecture of an old Cathedral! 
One of the big highlights of the weekend was riding the aerial tram that goes over the city! It was so fun!