and now you are four

F O U R.  I cannot even believe you have been a part of our lives for four years.  I don’t know why four seems so much more different from three, two or even that super special first year.  Four is like the big league of entering childhood.  You are starting to make memories (so maybe all these silly things I do and traditions I follow will start sticking in that sweet memory of yours).  Four has been a big year for you.  You have grown and matured SO much this year.  You love to help with everything.  You LOVE your bubba.  You love trucks of any kind, the garbage men, and anything to do with camping.  Your imagination is wild and you are constantly correcting me about the correct noises that trucks and tractors of the sort sound.  You are a great eater (you love to run up to the measuring ruler after every meal and see if you have grown) and love trying new things.  You are stubborn and that will of yours is a force to be reckoned with.  I try to choose my battles with you wisely.  I know these character traits will carry you far in life and try to remind myself of that often.  You are a great little problem solver.  You love your daddy so much and I love watching you admire him.  You strive to be just like him and I am totally ok with that.  The world could use as many of your daddies as possible.  Your laugh is deep and real.  You have a giant heart.  You love to cook and are always wanting to help and learn in the kitchen.  Your favorite color is blue, unless it comes to plates then you always demand orange.  Right now you are playing soccer, but at least once everyday you tell us how you want to play basketball, baseball and football.  I can see where our weekends are going 🙂  You love to start your morning off with a glass of chocolate milk (almond milk regular halfway and chocolate the rest).  You love visiting the auction barn and always get a grilled cheese sandwich there.  Lupe (tortillas as you call it) is your favorite place to go eat – and pretty much the only restaurant we can safely, aka meltdown free, visit as a family.  You love to end your days and get tucked in with a back scratch.  You love school.  You were the first.  You made me a mommy.  Your birthday will always be one of my favorite days to celebrate.  Mommy and daddy love you to the moon and back.

birthday cinnamon rolls
birthday chapel at school
your birthday present! your very own camera!

xo,

mommy      

What Should Have Been…

April 19.  Today was the day we were set to re-list our house.  I am SO grateful that God showed us grace and mercy and spared us from having to go through that process again.  It was SO stressful.  So, today, I am especially grateful that we are D O N E.  We are going into month of full-time RV strong – and with a broken refrigerator.  It just stopped working late Monday afternoon after a huge storm rolled through and about an hour before I was set to leave for work.  We are so grateful that our RV park owner just happened to have empty deep freezer not in use and for our neighbors who offered up their HUGE cooler without hesitation.  Our freshly bought groceries were spared!  We are still in the process of getting it repaired so in the mean time we are truly roughing it 😉  But seriously, I will never take our refrigerator for-granted again and I will say a little prayer of thanks every time I open that thing once it is repaired.

We had a wonderful Easter weekend with our family.  We celebrate every year by going to church at Briscoe Manor (we got married there, and I love the tradition of bringing out kids back there every year).  After church we headed back to the camper and hunted eggs and did some chores before heading to Nannie’s house!  We enjoyed a wonderful dinner, the traditional Easter basket cake and confetti egg hunt.  It was such a nice time and I love building these family traditions.

best buds
annual Easter cross picture. Andrew made this cross 🙂

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!  What is your blessing today?

 

XO,

j

{one} Month

Packing has become a task that I have a love/hate relationship with.  I love the walks down memory lane I am having as I come across items that have been stowed away for safe keeping that hold such a good memories with them.  I love that I am able to really sort through things and decide if it brings me joy enough or if we NEED it and if it makes the keep or toss cut. I love the excitement of purging and fresh new starts of new adventures.  I hate seeing how much mindless stuff we have accumulated.  I hate that it seems to multiply right before my eyes.  I feel like packing is the never ending daunting task of my life currently.  I have been staying up late and going through rolls upon rolls of paper and bubble wrap but I still feel like I have barely made an indention.

{enter} 1.5 months later…….. and I was obviously all consumed with packing and ‘surviving’ that I never finished my post about packing let alone given any update on life at all!

Y’all.  It is our one month anniversary (technically one month + one day) but ONE MONTH!  WE MADE IT a month.  Yea, I know what’s one month when we are planning to have this lifestyle for YEARS?  Well, it has been a month, guys.  Actually two.  The hardest months we have had in a really, really, really long time.  I feel as if we have been under spiritual attack to some level.  We have barely been able to come up for air.  We listened to our hearts, we followed our dreams.  Yet, it has just been hard.  We are pushing through, we are stronger than ever, and we are ready to tackle life head on {break or no break}.  We have been hit with string after string of illness.  It has been relentless (downright brutal honestly) and expensive.  It started literally days after we accepted the offer and had a contract placed on our house.  Both of the boys came down with a horrible strand of strep…like 103/104 fevers for a week horrible.  We recovered from that (barely) and then the tummy bug swept thru the house.  We jumped right from the tummy bug into flu A.  Tamiflu rescued us momentarily and then we they boys got croup followed by Flu B.  Andrew and I developed severe head colds (requiring 2 rounds of antibiotics).  I have been battling laryngitis (twice now on the past month) and just finished a 5 day course of steroids for that.  AND just when I thought surely God we are done.  NO.  Andrew ended up in the emergency room early Sunday morning with kidney stones.  He is doing much better (praise God).  AND now I’m really thinking WE MUST BE DONE.  Please pray that we are.  We.  Are.  Tired.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” -Ephesians 6:11

Amidst all the illness and struggles, we managed to pack up our 3000 sq. foot house and move into our 300 sq foot RV.  We had struggles along the way, but we survived.  We did it and boy does it feel good to be done!  We are still organizing and figuring storage (in and out) of the RV out.  We currently have 2 storage units, but we will be condensing that to one very shortly once we get some of the stuff out of our big storage unit that people are purchasing from us.  Our RV storage and organization has come a LONG way since day 1!  I highlight some of that in our RV home tour video below.  I will be doing posts breaking down room by room storage solutions and what we are doing to make it work!  My favorite MUST HAVE and most unexpected used item so far?!  command hooks.  yep.  If you have stock in the command company, you are welcome.  I think I may have doubled your holdings this week alone.  A big thank you for my sister and brother in law for gifting us a giant box of command products when we moved into the RV – you started the trend and it stuck 😉  I’ll highlight how we are using all of our command hooks/strips when I do room tours!

We have already had the opportunity to meet some great full-time families.  One family, The Fulkersons, we started following a year ago when we first thought of drastically changing our lifestyle and moving into our RV.  We found out about their adventures when my sister-in-law bought something from them as they were selling off many of their belongings in order to go full-time.  They happened to be back in our part of town getting some RV repairs done right as we were closing on our house and hitting the RV.  We had the pleasure of enjoying their company quit a few times before they hit the road again.  It was such a blessing to share a common bond with another family doing this, and they had TONS of great advice for us!  We also got SO lucky in our current RV park.  We have the nicest family next to us and they have 2 sweet kiddos.  Their son and Corbin are already buddies!  Jennifer has also been a wealth of knowledge for me as well.  They have been living the RV life for 9+ years!

SOLD
let the adventure begin
the Fulkerson family (minus all the kiddos)

We would love to hear from you!  Let us know what questions you have, what you want us to feature, etc.  Hopefully now that we are getting settled into life and building a routine again I will be able to get back at blogging.  I have missed it!

XO,

j