Well, the day has come. :) We are settled into our new home and new season of life. We are hanging up our rv hat and hope that someone out there in "internet world" would like to travel, too! This is bitter-sweet, since this was our home for 3 years, but the need to sell is greater than my sentiment. :)
It is in GREAT condition.
Everything works and was dependable for our family of seven.
We custom built sturdy and strong triple bunks, another loft, cabinets and extra storage in the toy-hauler section. Plenty of space, sleeps 10 adults comfortably.
For us, change is starting to become come place.......and we are adapting much easier.
Long story short, we have decided to stop traveling full-time. I know....SHOCKER!
Our decision to travel and explore this wonderful country, has always been a family decision. We were regularly asking the kids how they liked it, and if they wanted to keep on going. Every now and then, one of them might have a bad, boring, or lonely kind of day, and want to go home to see their friends or family. Recently, those feelings started happening more often....even with ME! ;)
I honestly thought I would never have a house again! I thought I could live in our RV home forever!
But. As the Lord does, SO many times, HE changed my perspective and gave me new eyes to see. HE also started working on my kids' desires.
So, we are home. :) It is a good thing.
We are paying off debt, saving money and seeing friends and family. We are signing up for camps, sports and home school classes. We are back in our community and our comfort zone.
We come back home with a fresh perspective, too.
We are blessed. I mean, really blessed.
We have traveled FULL-TIME, for almost 3 years, as a family, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We have experienced this country first-hand and enjoyed so many "firsts!"
We realize the precious time we have been given, but also realize how precious our family and friends are to us as well.
We will miss our friends on the road,( PLEASE come see us!), and we hope to travel again in the future.
Life is funny. But, life is so good. :)
Here are just a few of our most favorite times on the road:
Many factory tours....
National Monuments that take your breath away...
Good Ole' Faithful.....
Driving on the GOLDEN Gate Bridge!
Landscapes and natural wonders.....
Laura Ingalls Wilder's home....
Todd skydiving on his 40th birthday!
Trying to hug a Redwood :)
Sledding at White Sands....
Totally amazing sights....
Tons of hiking trails- CONQUERED!
We have experienced life in its fullest capacity. Together. We are so grateful!!
"Happy Trails to you......Until we meet again....."
When you visit Amarillo, you just have to eat at the FAMOUS Big Texan Restaurant!
First of all, they come pick you up in a FREE, longhorn cadillac LIMO! Our driver is a retired, geo-physicist! ( All I know, is that means, he is REALLY smart.) :) He chauffeur's for the Texan, just so he has something to do everyday!
This was a first for me and the kids! WHOO HOO!
The girls even put on their Sunday best for this experience! LOVE IT!
Once we arrived, we went directly into the fun, gift shop. You could seriously pay WAY too much money on some really fun stuff here. ;)
We also walked through out the restaurant and noticed a small casino and gun-shootin' game.
This is another place that was featured on "Man vs. Food." I loved the old west and saloon-style decorations through out.
We stuffed ourselves and even had leftovers! Emily and Parker also received a free cowboy hat with their kid's meals. BONUS!
Seriously, go to the Big Texan, enjoy the atmosphere and have a steak dinner!
And that is NOT a bunch of bull. ;)
While we were in Vicksburg, MS. for a few days, we stayedhere. Although it is part of the local casino, it is far enough away, that you can't even 'see' the gamblers or hear the cha-ching of their winnings! HA!
Price -$23/night for full hook ups
Amenities - they do have a small, but clean laundry and tv room. Other than that, it is a safe, clean park to stay in the area.
If we can make it back to see Vicksburg National Park, this is where we would stay.
We intended on having a couple of days in Vicksburg, MS., enjoying Vicksburg National Park. But, as life would have it, as it sometimes happens, we needed to slow down and have some serious family time.
Life lessons. Hard lessons. But, lessons we all need to learn at some point......sometimes more than once. ;)
Our recent lessons have been about diligence, laziness, thankfulness and respect.
Sometimes, you just have to put on the breaks of "your plans" and take the time to reevaluate what is right or wrong and FIX it! :)
So, just as any other family in America, whether you live in a house made of sticks and bricks or an rv, we have problems, stresses, issues, and what ever else you want to call them!
Our next adventure took us to a special place, with a special 'call.' ;)