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.

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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RV Roadtrip from FL to OH with Winds, Rain, and Snow

RV Roadtrip from FL to OH with Winds, Rain, and Snow
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Defensive RV Driving

Defensive RV Driving

RVing is an amazing thing to do with those you love, whether family or friends, but you need to learn how to be a defensive driver. People will cut you off all the time! You have to be ready to be a defensive driver. You will have to relearn how to handle strong winds, to slow down around curves, how much space you need to come to a complete stop, and even learn how to change lanes. 

On our current trip from Florida to Ohio, people cut us off so much that I decided to make the following video. Please be safe on the roads and have fun traveling!

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EXTRA Peanuts Around Town, part 5

EXTRA Peanuts Around Town, part 5

This is the last Peanuts Around Town post. You can read Part 1 (here), Part 2 (here), Part 3 (here), Part 4 (here). We have found 9 Peanuts Around Town that weren’t on the map. Enjoy!

White Owl Cigars was spotted near Nuts About Safety.
BB&T was spotted after finding Ortho Nut.
3 Minute Carwash has an extra worker. I read about this Peanut online.
This peanut is on top of a sign. I don’t remember where I spotted it though.
Blooming Nuts is at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens.
Grits On The Side Peanut is at an abandoned club, two buildings down from Health Nut (below).
My husband spotted Health Nut after we drove past him multiple times. He is on Ross Clark Circle.
My husband and son spotted this Peanut at Carmax.
This cute Peanut is in Slocomb, Alabama on 52. My husband took this picture for me. He is holding tomatoes since Slocomb is known for it’s tomatoes.
We found this peanut on January 24, 2017. It is in front of a Realtor business on 52.
“Look at the baby!”
Our New Baby store has these cute peanuts in front of their store.

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Peanuts Around Town, part 4

Peanuts Around Town, part 4

You can see more Peanuts in part 1 (here), part 2 (here), part 3 (here), and part 5 (here).

This is the last batch of Peanuts that were on the map. Enjoy!

  • Peanut Festival Peanut
This peanut is huge!
  • Wesley P. Nut
This nut reads his paper in a nursing home.
  • Noki the Nut
I like his cell phone.
  • Joe Cool

Lucas had to take his picture through the glass since he is in the corner.

  • Mr. Fix-It
Mr. Fix-It greets you at the entrance of the town’s Home Depot.
  • Andy Armadillo
This Armadillo is pretty cool!
Check out that tail!
  • Percy the Peanut
This UPS nut is here to serve you!

Check out his hand-held device

  • The Peanut Producer
I took this picture while stopped at a red light.
  • Mr. Sam
I didn’t see Mr. Sam until March. He was getting a new paint job.

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Peanuts Around Town, part 3

Peanuts Around Town, part 3

You can see more peanuts in part 1 (here), part 2 (here), part 4 (here), and part 5 (here).

Here is batch 3 of our Peanuts Around Town adventures. 🙂

  • Nuts About Safety
Nuts About Safety was sitting near one of the fire station in town.
  • Together Forever
This peanut is downtown in a local cafe.
Lucas took two pictures to show both sides.
  • Paper Boy
Paper Boy is missing his arm but still cool.
This picture we found online. I wanted to share how he used to look.
  • Handy Nut
Handy Nut has a broken paintbrush but I couldn’t find a picture online with his paintbrush.
  • Ortho Nut
Ortho Nut creeps me out. Those teeth!
His detail is impressive though.
Check out that tool.
  • Classic Peanut
This peanut is in front of a local bank.
  • Dothan Pediatric Nut 
I like his old doctor bag.
He is holding a very detailed Altoids tin.

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