C’s point of view:
Finally, and most importantly to me, is that you never know what can happen. We pray for healthy kids. We hope for long healthy lives for ourselves. But you just never know. This is something I’ve thought about a lot since losing my Mom four years ago. She and my Dad had dreamed to someday RV together in retirement. And I am so glad that he is now living their dream. But we are all living the plan B version, and we miss her. I do very much believe though that we will see her again someday (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep). So we are going for it now. 🙂
K’s point of view:
To understand why I want to do all of this, I suppose you need to know a little about me first. I grew up on the west coast. When I was 9, my family moved from California to eastern Washington. College originally didn’t work out because I had a lot of trouble figuring out what I really wanted to do. I was delivering pizza for a living when my oldest brother got a job offer in Manassas, VA and offered to let me stay with him and his family for a change of scenery and some new opportunities. Considering my prospects in eastern Washington weren’t very good, I took him up on his generous offer, packed my little Honda Civic full of all my worldly belongings, and set off. That was 8 years ago now.
So where does this crazy 6 months in a camper thing come into play? Well I think the idea started about a year and a half ago, even though we didn’t realize it at the time. C and I joined her father for a week long RV trip through southern Utah and loved it so much that we had thought about buying a smaller version for ourselves. Our original plan was that we would be having kids by now, but when the time came we realized there were still some things we wanted to do and so many places we wanted to see before we had to take care of little ones. Really the whole idea of doing this trip sounded completely nuts to us at first, but the more we thought about it, the more it began to make sense. We were going to move anyway, with some careful planning and budgeting it would be financially doable, and there was no way to know if we would have this kind of opportunity ever again. Sometimes the best opportunities involve a little risk and I believe we would regret it if we passed this one up.
Now we count down through our last few weeks in the DC area. It’s been really hectic getting everything ready, but it will all be worth it once we hit the road. I can’t say that I will miss the area that much, but we will definitely miss our family, friends, and coworkers.