Salvage, Stitches, Storage, and Sadness

Salvage, Stitches, Storage, and Sadness

April 22, while driving in Michigan at 11pm (about to call it a night), we came to an intersection with a blinking yellow light. We had the right of way. A car on the intersecting road decided to go. I slammed on the SUV brakes, Caleb slammed on the truck brakes, and the RV brakes didn’t work right (and they worked fine up until this point). The RV kept going, ripped the hitch in the truck bed almost completely out, slammed into the cab and back tail light area, and the truck slammed into our SUV.

We were able to coast into a local grocery store in White Lake, about an hour east of Lansing. Everyone was fine. The truck and RV were totalled by the insurance companies. The SUV probably would have been but we only had liability on it. It is still drivable. We also ended up getting another truck already (although now it needs an EGR delete). We couldn’t finance another RV until the insurance paid for the other one. They wouldn’t pay until we moved out. I had took pictures and videos on my smart phone but then the screen broke and I am back to a flip phone.

We visited the local Baptist Church the day after the wreck and have fell in love with the people. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming. A loving family has welcomed us into their home while we wait on the bank to finance us. All our stuff was in a 5×10 ft storage unit until a few days ago when we moved it to the pastor’s garage. We have enjoyed helping out at the church when we can and now call it home.

Caleb has had a job since April 25th but got injured on the job after two weeks of working​ there. While cutting down a tree with a chainsaw, the tree fell quicker than planned (his boss didn’t have the trunk held tight), branches hit the chainsaw which swung back and hit Caleb’s knee. He got 12 stitches. He was still working but was overdoing it a lot so missed about 10 days of work (spread out, not all in a row). It was at a bad spot and kept splitting open. It looks way better now.

When he first got the stitches

Also at the end of May, my family had another gut wrenching blow. My younger brother overdosed (not Herion) and was in the hospital for four days before he passed. He was my step dad’s only child. My stepdad had passed in January from esophagal cancer. My family is all deeply grieved and will never​ be the same. We are still very much in shock because no one expected my always-smiling, 22 year old brother to die. The day before he spent making future plans with his girlfriend. It still just feels like a dream that we wish we could wake up from!

We miss you two so much!

As far as my family (the four of us) goes, we plan to get a new RV soon, Lord willing. Also my husband is probably switching jobs soon to something more permanent. I will update more as the Lord reveals His plans for our lives. He has done tons of pruning on us and we keep our faith and hope on His future plans for us. We are loving where He is leading us and just need to give things time to fall into place!
Rest in Peace 

Dakota (Cody)

December 30, 1994 -May 30, 2017

Always smiling!
My little brother will be missed so much!
I could always depend on him to be a great Uncle “Cookie” to m boys. Lucas gave him the nick name when he was younger.
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Reflecting on Our First Year of RV Living

Reflecting on Our First Year of RV Living

A Year…

A lot happens in 365 days. Babies are born, people pass away, and life keeps changing. Nothing stays the same. Some changes might seem insignificant but everything is always changing.

April last year we bought our first RV: Harvey. We downsized from a 2 bedroom rental house with a basement and back yard to an RV and the world as our backyard. A lot has changed. Some changes were huge like changing to a newer RV, moving to different states, and what we did for income. Other minor changes impacted us significantly and caused lots of personal growth in our lives.

1. Our Faith has Grown

Living life on the road, as believers, we have changed from traditional church goers to more Christ followers. We used to help out at the local Baptist church every now and again but mostly were pew sitters. Since going fulltime, we have helped many churches in different capacities. In Elkhart, Indiana we gave advice on how to reach our generation. A church in Bushnell, Florida we helped with repairing their bus and with demolition on a room and hallway they transformed into a beautiful lobby. In Lake Wales, Florida we helped with an outreach ministry, some visitation, and song leading (my husband). In Dothan, Alabama we helped a pastor with repairing his trucks and work on his farm. We just help our fellow man in any way we feel God lead us.

2. The Type of People We Know has Grown

With all our moving, we have met people from many walks of life. We have met many types of Christians, other RVers, and a variety of others. We enjoyed conversations with many. We shared meals with fellow RVers, friends, and family. My son and I signed with a deaf couple at an RV park and I translated for a deaf man attending our Alabama church. We recently shared our truck and RV with a man named Jake and his sweet puppy Sage, who were looking for a ride from Florida to Michigan. People are amazing and should all be loved and respected for who God made them, regardless if they are different.

3. Our Hope in Humanity has Grown

We have not always been on the giving end this year, we have had many people bless us! Family and friends have opened their homes, couches, and driveways up to us. Two different churches have let us hook up for free in their parking lot. We have been blessed with gifts of money, food, clothes, or even toys for our boys. Other RVers have gave us free advice and helped us with our vehicles and/or rigs. We shared Thanksgiving with a sweet pastor and his wife. We had an RV park manager let us stay a few weeks for free when we had no work. RVers of two seperate parks gave us Christmas cards filled with money when we couldn’t find work. People really do still look out for their fellow man!

4. Our Relationships with Family and Friends have Grown

It seems almost against logic but we feel closer to others when we can travel. We are able to uproot easily, to visit people we miss, or help others in need. I was able to be with my family when my stepdad died. I also stayed with my mom for 8 days to help her pack up some of her house and just keep her  company. We stayed with friends when traveling through Knoxville, TN and traveled to PA last year to visit cousins. We parked the RV at an Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Pensacola, Florida. This year has been filled with many growing relationships.

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We Don’t Need So Much Stuff

We Don’t Need So Much Stuff

There is something about actively deciding to downsize that makes you want to continue to downsize. We just spent about 10 days back and forth between Ohio and Florida (my husband) and staying at our parents’ houses in Ohio with the RV left in Florida. We really didn’t miss most our stuff. Yes, there are some things we want and others we need long term but most the stuff we own we just don’t need.
About a year ago, we bought our first RV and so began a major downsizing spree. We moved into our 38 ft Class A motorhome with boxes on the couch and the floor and stuff crammed everywhere! After a couple weeks in the rig, I had downsized and organized so we didn’t have things in the way anymore. We ended up moving into our current fifth wheel when the engine blew in the motorhome. We have still been downsizing.

We are realizing more every day what we like and what we want out of life. We love people, adventure, good food, and travel. We enjoy our bikes, good kitchen items, and a variety of books, games, and movies. But we would rather visit family and friends and see new sights.

Life is so much simplier with less items to lug around. We are just wanting to continue to downsize our items so we can live simple lives we enjoy. We have even contemplated selling our car because it is more hassle than a benefit. We are just trying to find what works for us.

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Growing Plants in an RV

Growing Plants in an RV

When people make the transition from a house with a yard to a RV, many miss their plants and gardens. What some don’t realize is that it is possible to live fulltime on the road with plants. You simply grow smaller plants in pots or hanging baskets. In our RV, we use pots.

Near our kitchen sink, we have a Venus Fly Trap and a Peace Lily. I have noticed a decrease in gnats or other bugs. Also the Peace Lily purifies our air. There is a noticable difference in our air quality since bringing it home.
Try one or more of these to keep your air purified in your RV.
We keep an Aloe Vera plant beside our bathroom sink. We cut a section off when we need to treat burns.

When we are traveling, we stick these small potted plants in the sink. What about growing a graden? We actually have a small garden growing in our bedroom. When traveling, we stick these pots on the toilet room floor or in the shower.

Our garden for this year is just starting out. When the plants get bigger, I will start taking them outside to soak up some direct sun while we are parked in one spot. For now they enjoy plenty of sun through the window. I have to rotate these throughout the day so they grow straight.
I taped extra seeds and instructions on the wall nearby. We have pots for mixed greens, small tomatoes, mini mixed peppers, green onions, and cilantro. I can’t wait to watch these grow!

If you RV, do you have plants in your rig? If you live in a house with no yard, do you have a potted garden on a patio, window sill, or counter? Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.

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Our RV has an Extra Closet

Our RV has an Extra Closet

Today I wanted to share with you a special spot in our fifth wheel-an extra closet! When we had our Class A, we had to store the vacuum in the already small hallway, the hoses and extensions underneath in storage, and the cleaning products underneath the sink. This particular 2006 Newmar has an extra closet between the toilet room and the master bedroom.

Extra space in an RV is always a huge plus!
I quickly claimed this space as my utility closet! I love that all my cleaning supplies have a space to go. I even have space to store bulk toilet paper.
The bottom holds a step stool, large bag of baking soda, 2 vacuums, a Wonder Wash, hanging shoe holder, cleaning products in bottles (homemade window cleaner and a hardwood cleaner), and a rack holding a mop, duster, and broom with dust pan.
The Kirby vacuum fits under and behind the shoes. We currently need to get bags for it so we are using the Oreck that someone gave us for free.

The top holds bulk toilet paper, hoses and extensions for the vacuum, carpet cleaning attachments,  2 hand-held brushes, and an extra essential oil diffuser*.
*We sell essential oil diffusers on our doTERRA website. Check out our products here.

I also taped my Wonder Wash directions on the inside of the door. Watch us use the Wonder Wash here.
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So what did you think of our utility closet? Do you have any extra space in your RV or trailer that you love? Write your comments below. I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to follow our blog to keep up with our journey.

Dealing With An Autoimmune Disease on the Road

Dealing With An Autoimmune Disease on the Road

Today I decided to do another video update due to my Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis giving me so much trouble this past week. My hands have been too swollen to type a lot. I wanted to share how I deal with my Autoimmune Disease while living a minimalist lifestyle on the road. We use essential oils to help take care of our family’s minor health issues. If you are interested in buying any, check out our doTERRA website here.

If interested in some coconut oil to use on your skin, try this brand on Amazon.

Do you have an Autoimmune Disease you deal with? I would love to hear your story. Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.

RV Cooking Part 4: My Cabinet Below the Sink

RV Cooking Part 4: My Cabinet Below the Sink

I have slowly been revealing the contents in the minimalist RV Kitchen. You can read more at the link above. Today I want to share what is in the big corner cabinet underneath my sink. This cabinet is accessible from the sink side or beside the rv door.

I wanted to show this picture so you can get an idea of the size of this cabinet!

Sink Side

All of this is easy to grab while cooking in the kitchen.

Top Shelf:

  • Flat Cast Iron Skillet
  • Medium Sized Cast Iron Skillet (I believe it is 10″ or 12″)
  • Medium Pan
  • 2-Small Pans
  • 4-Lids, 3 for the pans and 1 for the pot on the bottom shelf.

Bottom Shelf:

  • Skillet, maybe get donated soon if I don’t use it soon.
  • Big Pot
  • Big Stainless Steel Strainer
  • Kettle
  • Small Metal Strainer
  • Glass Pitcher

RV Door Side

Top Shelf:

  • Lean Mean Grill Machine with tray
  • Waffler Maker-I don’t use it very often but we love waffles.
  • Not Pictured: Igloo Lunchbox fits in the middle and waffle maker is stood up to make it fit. Only time it is in here is over the weekend when my husband is off work.

Bottom Shelf:

  • Toaster, hardly used so stored in the back.
  • Crockpot 
  • Dutch Oven

Well, that is it for this post. I will be sharing what is in my upper cabinets real soon. What pots, pans, and small appliances do you have in your RV or minimalist kitchen? I’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with my adventures.