so we are about to do something a little bit crazy. we are simplifying. we are making a choice to stop putting off our happy life and we are going to jump right in. here’s the plan: we are in the midst of packing up our belongings that are special to us and selling almost all of the other things from our home. we are going to have a big estate sale and then put our house on the market! we are praying our home sells quickly and then we will be packing up our 1950 spartanette trailer and roadtripping around the country for the following six months (see how we renovated it HERE)! we will be living the nomadic life and educating our children from the best classroom there is and seeing the country with their own eyes! so, Lord willing our home sells and we can be completely moved out by the summer because we have a roadtrip planned for june and early july traveling up the california coast, into oregon and washington. after that we will see where we want to travel to, half the fun is going to be the adventure of it all! we have photo sessions and weddings booked through the end of the year here in southern california that we will be coming back for (and still have openings so please don’t be shy to inquire about a session!) but then at the end of this year we plan to move to austin, texas! we have been so blessed to have been able to bring home our babies to our home and family here in southern california, however, we have been talking about simplifying for years now and are ready to move to a place where life moves a bit slower, living is less expensive and we can put down some roots. but until the big move, we will be enjoying a little hiatus from the everyday grind and adventuring on the road with our new family of six!
so, now i’m sure you’re thinking, “two adults and four kids (including a newborn) living in that tiny trailer for six months?!” and at times, we feel the nerves start to creep in and we say that too! but, honestly, we couldn’t be more excited! for the last few years, we have felt so tied down by the high cost of living, never having any money in savings, working so hard and never being able to enjoy the downtime because we are so tired and, just simply, being sick of always feeling overwhelmed and busy. and we also realized how tied down we are here by all our stuff! stuff that accumulates for years and before you know it you have piles in every corner and don’t even know what’s there! we are ready to live our happy life! free of all the extra stuff! free of the buckets of toys the kids never play with. free of the six extra drawers of clothes that i haven’t worn in years. free of all those things we were holding onto “just in case we may need it someday”. free of the weight of it all. we are keeping the essentials for daily life, special things to our hearts from family and friends, and each child has their own suitcase they can fill up with whatever they’d like for our journey.
when we in the trailer, life is simple. we don’t all separate when we walk in the door and watch tv in separate rooms. we are together (in a very small space), we are intentional, we cuddle, we interact, we play, we tell stories, we make up songs together and we build memories of their childhoods i hope they will always remember. we are all happier in general and have to make a choice to laugh at the frustrating things instead of freaking out. i’m so excited for our adventuring! we are all especially excited about seeing some of the national parks!
i am going to be blogging once a week about how we are simplifying our stuff and our lives, how we are planning the logistics of it all, preparing for our travels and the move and how it’s all going! also, i will be doing photo shoots along the way to help pay our way around the country, so if you are interested in a session along our route, i will be sure to update the blog with our travel plans as we make them!
we hope you are encouraged to do something that seems crazy. to stop putting off your happy life. and to do that thing you always dreamed of doing. we are just a normal, “nice” family doing something that is out of the norm and it feels awesome.
and because i have been taking photos of my children nonstop this last month, here are some highlights from our last month… mabel’s first month of life! most of these were taken with my fancy camera but there are a few instagrams mixed in here too. starting first with a little shoot i did of my four (4!!!!) little ones out in the golden sunshine…
i’m in love with this next one. it seems almost as if brandon is painting that rainbow! and here are some taken at home. the grass in our backyard has grown so tall and green, it was almost as if spring welcomed mabel home. baby stretches are pretty much my most favorite thing ever ever ever. these kids just adore their baby. in this next one is gracie reading to clementine! she’s a reader! yay! baby’s first bath. it was quite an exciting event around here, everyone wanted to help. loving this beautiful weather. being outside makes everything seem better.
by the way, if you are reading this and are a family living on the road, let’s be friends… we would love to hear from you! :)