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Down the Rabbit Hole…

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Down the Rabbit Hole…

“We have too much crap!”

These words have echoed through our two story, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house countless times over the last week. How is it that we JUST did this 16 months ago in our move from Florida? I purged countless bags of stuff to move 400+ miles, less than a year and a half ago. It’s troubling how much we have managed to accumulate in such a short time. 

Last week was all about purging, packing, storing, sorting… Oh, and in the midst of all of that chaos, we had our first day back to our Classical Conversations community. 

Lane and Cora are both in Mom’s class this year!!

The camper we will be staying in to begin with actually belongs to my dad and step-mom. They purchased a 2010 Salem LE Sport toy hauler fifth wheel in Tampa, FL and are having it delivered to Myrtle Beach… TODAY! We will live in their fifth wheel as we save up to buy the bunkhouse travel trailer we dream of. The campground where we will be living is a lovely little quiet place on the Intercoastal Waterway, with plenty of outdoor activities to keep us busy. We are quite excited to begin our “tiny Wonderland lifestyle”, but first we have to get down the rabbit hole. The rabbit hole being, of course, the actual narrowing transition from too much stuff to just what we need. 

As I sit here at our makeshift kitchen table (having sold our dining set last weekend) looking around at the organized chaos around me, I utter a half-whispered prayer that God will give me strength to somehow make it through our last day of packing. Tomorrow is supposed to be our “move in day”, so everything around me needs to be stored, donated or stashed in the camper. All while keeping a seven- and eight-year-old from being bored out of their minds or too helpful.

Someone asked me yesterday at church if there is anything I will miss in this house. I am sure there will be many things, but the two big ones that pop into my head are the enormous kitchen and gigantic garden tub. 

 

all those cabinets…

 
 

I have used this tub every night since we found out we are moving…

 
Ask my children the same question, and you’ll get much more profound answers. My seven-year-old girl, the queen of snacks, Ms. Social Butterfly answered, “My neighborhood friends and the ice cream truck!” (Way to stay consistent, punkin.) The eight-and-a-half-year-old boy, logical, Mr. (usually) Practical answered, “Memories”. (Way to wreck a mother’s heart, kid.) They are both enormously excited for this adventure; it makes me feel more secure that they aren’t going to actually miss anything in the house itself. 

  

Well, here we go… Down the rabbit hole!

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Small World… Gets Smaller?

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Small World… Gets Smaller?

Our family isn’t exactly what one would call “traditional”. My husband works nights as an entertainer, we homeschool our two children, and we moved our family almost 500 miles from home last year in order for Music Man to pursue his career. This bent toward unconventional life choices broadened to include a predilection for a more natural/holistic approach to health and wellness (lovingly called “crunchy” in our home). Knowing all of this, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to my husband one evening, as he was watching television and I was purusing Pinterest we were watching television together, when I piped up with, “Hey. It would be absolutely crazy for us to live in an RV, right?” 

Now in the interest of full disclosure, I wasn’t proposing that we leave our beautiful two-story home on a whim. We both had been fascinated by the Tiny House movement, and toyed with the what-ifs. He absentmindedly murmured that yes, it was crazy and continued watching HIMYM. A few minutes later (after furiously searching Pinterest for full-time RV dwellers who also homeschooled), I questioned, “But how crazy would it actually be?” 

That my friends, was all it took.  We began looking up everything we could find on RV living, types of RVs, local campgrounds. Mr. Math aka Music Man started crunching numbers about how much we could save, and kept finding more and more savings in our budget should we downsize. My heart was captured through a few blog posts that I found about living smaller in order to live life BIGGER. How many times had my heart been saddened by the feeling that we were doing our children an injustice by giving them so much stuff? Stuff that wouldn’t fill the innermost desires of their hearts. Stuff that just took up space. Stuff that resulted in Mommy standing over children demanding that stuff be cleaned up instead of scattered across the floor, forgotten, forsaken, boring. What was all this “stuff” accomplishing? Did it draw their hearts closer to their Savior? Or instead, was it a bone of contention? Was it something to fill the inner lust for more, more, more? Why couldn’t we walk through target anymore without someone feeling like they “needed” something from the toy section? Why couldn’t I go to a store without needing to run through the clothing department and check out the cute new shoes, or that top over there, or the amazing little dress I would only wear once? Was all of this “stuff” storing up treasures in heaven, or storing up greed in our hearts? 

  
God opened my eyes to all of the “stuff” in our lives, and how much money we fork out to house, repair or replace our stuff. Is a 2300+ sq ft house really what we need? It is beautiful, yes. But what is the cost? Is it worth it that our kids can’t run freely? That kitchen, is it worth the long hours of clean up and upkeep after a meal, instead of joining in on after dinner festivities? What are we giving up to keep up with the Joneses? Who are the Joneses,  and why do we feel compelled to keep up with them?!

Please know that my heart in all of this is not to judge anyone for having or wanting stuff. Everyone wants this path of life differently and with different convictions. These are the ones that have been laid on our hearts for our family for this time. So it is with great excitement, and a little bit of nervousness, that we are announcing that the Taylor family will be a fulltime RV family as of September 1st. 

  

More to come in the adventures of downsizing more than 2300 sq ft into a fifth wheel camper… all with a crazy, crunchy homeschooling mama, two little bitties, and one music man.

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