Tuesday, February 9, 2010

instead of relocating, we are unlocating. freedom on wheels!

wow, i'm so behind in posting here. i don't think i can keep up with our real-life blog and this more anonymous one, so i'm pondering what to do! i'd love to share our trip with you, as it'll be some SERIOUS attachment therapy, on wheels. i just won't be able (willing) to share any of our RADical issues on our "normal" blog. because, you know, in blogland, we like to pretend to be normal. :) maybe i'll just link to that one and only share RADical happenings on this one. just not sure if i want to open it up yet. (would love opinions!)
and besides all the reasoning below, just imagine the opportunity we'll have for bonding time if we live in an RV fulltime...

so here it is: we've decided to fulfill a dream and take to the road in an RV!

i'll answer your questions now...

yes, full-time.
yes, the whole family.
yes, the kids are excited.
yes, permanently.
yes, we're serious. and we can't wait! :)

we've had so many concerned calls and emails and it's apparent some people are forgetting we are us. why are we doing it? because we can!

, we're not desperate (while we do have 2 houses to sell, we could sell this one and live in the other debt-free but who wants to live there? not us!)
no, we're not selling the company (are you nuts?! we'll have satellite, internet, phone, computers, printers, and a mobile office.)
no, we're not yanking the kids out of school (we already homeschool!)
no, we don't need all this stuff (dad's new favorite saying: the more stuff you own, the more stuff owns you.)
no, we're not crazy (um, okay you got me on that one, we are, but it works for us!)

it's the opportunity of a lifetime and we're so grateful to be able to do it! thanks to our company and technology, we're able to work remotely. instead of just teaching the kids about this country, they'll get to see it! we have family from florida to alaska, so hopefully we can visit them all. we'll definitely visit our staff and members along the way too (especially the other full-time RVers!)!

where will we go? who knows?! we'll follow the sun and stay warm mostly likely. we'll go where we want and stay until we're bored. we're giving up a house, but gaining an ever-changing backyard. we'll miss our friends, our church, and many conveniences, but we'll find adventures and make memories while keeping in touch! you can follow along if you're interested. i'm sure we'll do the same kinds of things, the backgrounds will just change.

more common questions:
what will our new home look like? we're not sure. we'll have to wait until we sell everything!
when will we leave? see above.
what are we selling? see above, really, everything! rental house, our house, van, truck, camper, possessions. local friends check out the house tour (email me). anything you see is for sale, furniture, storage, gadgets, decorations, tools, everything.
can you come too? sorry, we're limiting it to our 5, but we'd love to visit you! :)

so hopefully soon, we'll be driving one of these! we'll certainly miss our home and friends, but it will be so fun to unlocate and just go........


Diana said...

You are a brave soul! Congratulations on living your dream. Best wishes to you and your family as you set out on your new adventure!

Kelly said...

Wow! You go girl. I am following another family's blog about their adventures of homeschooling on the road. What a life! I would love to follow along. I didn't know you had another blog. Would love to read.

Little Wonder said...

WOW!!! Sounds like a life full of adventure...and lots of real learning for the kiddos! :)

marythemom said...

I think this is just an excuse to spend time with Christine at her RV park! Lucky girl! I could never do this with my crew, but hurrah for you going for your dream!

Mary in TX

Anonymous said...

I am SOOOOOOOOO jealous!

marythemom said...

I thought you could use some extra sunshine so I gave you an award. Stop by http://marythemom-mayhem.blogspot.com/2010/02/and-now-for-something-completely.html to pick it up.

Hugs and prayers,
Mary in TX

Tereasa said...

I believe this is the best decision a family can make, especially when raising radical children. We took a two week tour in our mini-van with pop-up trailer in two last summer. It was the absolute best time we have ever had as a family. We have three special children, two of whom have an FASD. One also has RAD. It is not a lie when I tell you that we did not have ONE problem the whole two weeks! There are countless reasons why it went so well: endless attention on the children, countless sensory and dopamine inducing experiences, and a commitment to make it work are just a few. When we got back, I was addicted! I took my kids camping nearly every week after that. Now I cannot wait for the next camping season! God bless you!

Ce said...

I am so excited that I found your blog and you. I am always searching the web for RAD blog inspiration, passion, ideas and adventures. Your blog is definitely going on my "Websites You Can't Live Without" sheet I often hand out to parents of RAD kids. Have a blast! I know you will.
Ce Eshelman, LMFT

Anonymous said...

This is SO cool! I have always loved following this blog and look forward to following you on this adventure! Keep us posted! :)

Jeri said...

Okay, when you do get to Christine's (or, you are getting close) let me know. I live about an hour away. Jeri, mom to Alex over at http://withlovefromsumy.blogspot.com/

marythemom said...

Ooh yea, if you see Christine and Jeri let me know cause you have to pass me to get to them (I live outside of Austin).

Mary in TX

Hedgetoad said...

My parents were full time RV people, and are in the process of selling the motorhome for a 5thWheel. More comfortable and more flexible are the reasons why, so they claim.

However, they do not have children... and the ability to take naps or just a break from everyone seems worth the annoyance of a motorhome.

Whatever you decide - be sure to get the nice big shower. Sanitation is hit and miss everywhere.

Shanti said...

AWWWWWEEEEESSSSOMMMMMEE!!!! i think it's *incredible*! i cannot WAIT to hear how things progress!