Moving Is So Easy… Not

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So reality hit us really hard last night. We have less than 2 weeks before our house goes on the market and we still have rooms full of stuff that we haven’t even thought about sorting yet. Remember this isn’t just moving this is downsizing. We are picking what goes with and what goes away forever. Some tough decisions lay ahead for sure.

When we first started sorting our stuff into the donation pile, yard sale pile, and trash pile it was rough. Many emotions were brought up as the kid’s old shoes and toys fell into the donation pile. We had to keep reminding ourselves that these were just side products of our little monkeys, we still get to bring them with us. As we progressed, slowly, through the night the whole process began to turn from stressful to relaxing. It was very freeing to be relieving ourselves of so much stuff that we have accumulated and yet never use.

Last night we also went and checked out the plot of land next to my parent’s house where were going to be putting the trailer to start. I forgot to take pictures but they will follow. Were going to be pretty much living on pure dirt. There is a little asphalt driveway but the rest is dirt. Little feet + Dirt = TOTAL DEVASTATION. Just thinking about all that in our little place isn’t cool so we’re considering putting some sod or a deck on to minimize the debris. So much to think about. I’ll be happy when we only have to worry about getting one household ready, not two.

I’ll end with this: Little houses can be just as stressful as big houses. With the endless videos on youtube and posts on pinterest regarding space solution ideas and remodels, it is important to remember why we are doing this in the first place. Contentment is the direction we are wanting to move in. Wish us luck with that!

Caleb

Hebrews 13:5

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ” I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”

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It’s Our Time… Finally

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Hey everyone,
Welcome to our blog! I can’t make any promises on how this is going to be. I am by no means a writer, just another person wanting to share their adventure. My family and I live in Bakersfield, CA. If you don’t know anything about Bakersfield, you’re not alone I’m sure. We have pretty much 3 claims to fame: It’s hot, the air is incredibly bad, and Buck Owen’s wrote a song about us. Anyways that’s not the point of this blog I guess. So, were going on an adventure. My wife and I, Priscilla and Caleb, and our 2 kids, both under 4, are going to downsize a bit. We’re purchasing a roughly 400 square foot RV that will be our home for the next 3 years or so (if all goes as planned).
Just like any good adventure, we have our own reasons for doing this. This has been a tough decision to go forward with this because we love our house, but the potential to be debt free is just to good to pass up.
Another reason behind us going forward with this idea is that we are both in love with the whole tiny house movement. For the longest time I felt as if I was born in the wrong era. Don’t get me wrong, I have an iPhone that is one of my essentials for leaving the house but at the same time I long for a simpler kind of life. I believe people should raise their own kids, spend more time as a family, and live within their means. What better way for us to do this than to downsize!
So with all that being said, we’re finally on our way to doing this thing. Enough talk, let’s see some action! As of right now we have already found and put a down payment on the trailer, I mean home, we’re going to be purchasing. It is a Salem Hemisphere 356qbq 42′. After talking about what necessities we wanted in a trailer we decided on 3 things: 1) There needed to be a separation of some sorts from the master bedroom to the rest of the house 2) The kiddos needed their own area as well 3) We wanted to have two bathrooms. I work nights so it was important that while I’m sleeping during the day that the kids could have their own potty away from our bedroom and a place that they could be a little louder in the back. The Salem Hemi had all that we wanted and more. I’ll be honest the first time we saw it both my wife and I’s jaws almost hit the floor. It’s one thing seeing these RVs online but it’s completely different seeing them in person. They are pretty stinking nice. We both instantly felt that this was the one for us.
This is starting to get long so I’ll wrap this up. I’ll do my best to keep everyone up to date on all of our experiences. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ll say this right now, we know nothing about RVs. Were going down from 1700 sq ft to 400. We are not the most organized of people but want to be. I’m sure were going to make a lot of mistakes along the way but regardless we’re on our way. As long as the four of us are together, we’re good. Thanks for reading.
-Caleb

Phil 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.