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Life Changes

Well it has been a while since I posted here. 2012 has not started out the way I had hoped. I just knew in the beginning it was going to be the best year yet, but life, like always, had a different plan. My mother passed away unexpectedly in February, and it has been an extremely difficult time for me. I kept sitting down to write but just couldn’t focus. It has made me rethink a lot about what Michael and I want for us and the kids. Where we want to be, how we want to live, and so forth.

We both have always been into green energy ideas, living off the land, and so forth. We have spent years compiling designs and ideas that we want to try. We also love living in the country. He grew up in the country and since being with him we have had the opportunity to live in the country a couple of times and I loved it. I love the space, the quiet, the inner peace I find there. It is also how I want the triplets to grow up and explore. It is also the perfect place to put all our ideas into play.

So with this in mind, and knowing the lease on our house is up at the end of May, we started looking for land to buy. Trying to find land near his work has been very challenging with the price of land and our current income. We have found a few places for around $150-200 a month (10 year contracts) but they were only 5 acres and an hour away from his work. Our goal would be to get 10 acres or more, although we could deal with 5. Also they are bare land with nothing on them, which is what we want, but trying to find a way to buy the land, find the money to build on it (doing it ourselves, no financing), and paying on a place to live is nowhere near our budget either.

I was starting to feel a little hopeless until I started hearing about people living in RV’s fulltime. Several of the families (all with small children) had bought RV’s/ motorhomes/ travel trailers, then bought land, and started homesteading. For me, this seemed like a very good solution to a lot of our hurdles. Not only would it give us a means to homestead, but also the means to travel all over and give our kids the opportunity to see and experience the world in a whole new way. After doing a lot of research, listening to others who are doing it, and watching a lot of youtube videos on it, I was hooked. This was how we could achieve all of this with our budget constraints!

Michael on the other hand took some convincing. At first he was very apprehensive, then he started to come around. I think he is still nervous, and to be honest I am too, but I think we both see the adventure and possibilities this can provide us. It won’t be easy, and it is a huge lifestyle change, but we both know it is what we want, and as long as we stick together we can get through anything.

He has already started working on alternative energy ideas he is going to apply to our RV like solar and wind power, heating, and so forth. We want to get as self sufficient as possible both in the RV and on our land. Also once the RV is able to manage all our power needs without any hook up’s and so forth, we can live on bare land while we build our home/ farm and use alternative energy there to live completely off the grid.

My 17 year old daughter was another issue as well. She just finished her first semester of college and lives at home with us. The RV lifestyle has pros and cons for her. She likes to travel (and works well with her photography/ art major), she likes what a lot of the RV parks we have scouted have to offer, but living in an RV means giving up some personal, alone space. I think part of her is excited and part of her is apprehensive, which I can understand at that age. I am hoping it will be a good experience for her and she enjoys it, meets some neat people, and is able to build her portfolio a little more. She will have her own car so she will have a little more freedom, and for the moment we will be staying close to the area for my husband’s job, so she will stay close to her friends. We’ll just see how it goes.

The triplets I think are just going to love it. They love seeing and doing new things, love being outside all the time, and love to travel and see new things. The biggest challenge I foresee right now is our schedule. Yes, at almost 2 ½, we still have a schedule, lol. It is not super strict but it has certain guides: they get up at 6:30am, have breakfast, snack at 9am, lunch between 10:30 and 11am, nap around 11:30-12, snack when they get up, dinner around 5pm, bath/ bed around 7pm. I know I am going to have to let go of such rigid time frames and go more with the flow, at least at first, to see where our new routine falls. To be honest I think it is going to affect me more then them, but I am sure we will get through it and you will hear all about it 🙂

So, now you know the plan: becoming a Fulltime RV Family. Simplifying our life down. Building our dreams. One thought that occured to me yesterday, is that at the end of the month we will own everything we have an not owe anyone (leases, loans, and so forth). We bought the van with cash last year. We traded the car we owned for the RV so we owe nothing on that, and so forth. It was a really nice feeling.
In other posts this month I will talk about our RV (with before and after remodel pictures), what we are doing to prepare, adjusting the kids and animals, and hitting the road. Then all the posts and videos after that will be our new life and how we are doing it.