It has been eighteen months since we have lived in a house. I know to many of you that sounds strange. But the fact is for the last eighteen months where ever we have gone we have been home. We set out on this adventure because we wanted to see the country. We didn’t want our children to grow up without us really knowing them. We wanted to explore new things and see friends and family we hadn’t been able to see in years. We also were looking for a new place to call home. A place that felt like home. Well over the last eighteen months we have found many places we love. Places that just take your breath away and places that make you wonder. Places you just can’t look away from. And people, people who make your heart and mind expand. A day, an afternoon, a chance meeting can make such a difference. Also we have learned to live in the moment. Not be too concerned with what will come. Several times I have read to Marcus and Caroline in their nightly devotions about how God wants us to be focused on enjoying the moment and not worrying about the future. I don’t think I ever fully understood that that was possible before. In the past few months as I thought about writing this post I have run across things others have said that I want to share. A retired man we man in Yellowstone said, “What you are doing gives me hope that the next generation will be alright.” That really meant a lot to me coming from someone I just met. Another fellow blogger wrote in a recent post, “we travel because we can.” That got me thinking, that is why we travel. We camped next to a retired couple in the Badlands. We talked with them one evening. The next day we met them again and the wife said, “I have been thinking and what you are doing is amazing. I regret not doing it with my children. I wish I could go back and make different choices.” This lifestyle isn’t for most people, but we have seen that the American dream isn’t really our dream right now. We have missed our families very much. Marcus and Caroline have especially missed there grandmas. So for the next couple months we are going to be in and around Pennsylvania. Marcus and Caroline are looking forward to seeing their cousins and we are all excited to meet Sam (our new nephew) and congratulated Jake on his graduation. Aunt Jeanne and Ron from Redding will be coming for a visit as well as Sue and Joe from Wyoming. We are hoping to visit friends in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. After that we are planning to stay close to the east coast as we travel south. Yes, we have decided to continue with this life style. Marcus and Caroline are doing well with road school and I am devoted to be their teacher for now. I really enjoy cooking and making things from natural ingredients like peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, butter, desserts, soap and cleaners. I hope to do more of that in the future. I also love writing our blog to share our lives with others. Marc is still going to be the driver, but we are going to stay in each location longer, maybe a month, so their will be less driving. We are hoping to stay at some of the places we loved over the last eighteen months. Over the past year and a half Marc has been building, testing and tweaking trade systems. A few he has developed show promise and he plans to continue working on them and he can do that from wherever we choose.
My eyes fill with tears as I write this on our drive from Pittsburgh to York and then on to Tunkhannock. So thankful I was able to see Kelly. So excited to meet Sam. I can’t wait to hug my mom in less than 24 hours! So filled with gratitude to God for giving us this life…..taking us on this journey.