I have an autoimmune disease, and we suffered badly for over a year before we started to get the right answers and be able to rebuild my wellness. Having an illness that affected our daily lives really changed our perspectives on how we were prioritizing our lives, and after two miscarriages we found out that having children was not part of the plan for us. During the severe stages of illness, the things that we had clung to became a burden to us. We had a house with 10 acres and a pool, and we realized that the upkeep was keeping us from sharing our lives with others. We wanted more time for people, those we knew and those we didn’t. We desired to let go of the to do list of our lives and intentionally spend our time being purposeful in the moment.
We are followers of Jesus Christ, and we began praying specifically for guidance. If you aren’t a believer, I know that will sound weird to you and that is ok. Our experience has been that as our relationship grows with God, we rely more and more on his guidance. We do not always get the answer we want or expect, but we can hear his answer more clearly and usually his answer is even better than what we had hoped for.
At this point in our lives, God had laid an upcoming change on our hearts, but we weren’t certain how to proceed. Chris felt led to leave his job at a structural engineering firm. He loved the company he worked for, actually we both did. We worked for bosses who genuinely put people before business. It was a family to us, so this call for change came as a surprise to us. We also loved where we were living. We had obediently followed God’s plan for our lives in moving to that area (eventhough I had only visited the area once), and we were reaping the abundant blessings he had in store for us there. We made wonderful friends, were a part of a church family like we had never experienced before, we were leaders in the community, and we loved it all. But, we felt called for something else.
In the Bible, we read how so many of the faithful were called to do something, but God only gave them one step of the plan at a time. That is how Chris and I felt. We knew we were being called to move forward, but we didn’t know where. After a lot of prayer, Chris decided it was time to leave his job. As a first step, we sold our house and began downsizing. We purposefully sought meaningful living, and we wanted to rid our lives of the things that were distracting us from it. We put our house on the market and it took over a year to sell, in the meantime, we spent that year preparing ourselves for change and decluttering our lives.
We prayed about income. How could we leave our jobs without another source of income? God answered our prayers in the most amazing way. Chris had a small side business of just one client that had sprung from an opportunity over ten years earlier. Chris and I both worked full time and part time jobs in our twenties and always lived within our means. There were several times that Chris wanted to stop doing the part-time work, but he kept going knowing that it was a gift. A few years earlier, the work had dried up with our move to the new area. As we had regular jobs, we were not concerned and never once marketed or offered the service to a single client. We sold our house in October and moved in to a rental. Two months later, in January, Chris was contacted by a new client for his drafting business. It was a huge client, and we began to see how God was providing for us in this new change. We were obedient and took the first step by selling our house, and now He was providing for the second step, an income. Over the next few months, we would gain three more clients – each on no action of our own.
A new question arose – since Chris could do the drafting from anywhere, where would we want to live? We quickly realized that there were so many places we wanted to see and we wanted our location to be fluid so that we could volunteer. This is how RVing entered the picture for two people who had never spent a single night in an RV before. We wanted to travel around America. We wanted to put ourselves out in the world in new ways. We wanted to make ourselves available for opportunities to serve in different places. We recognized that we had become too comfortable in our situation and we wanted to learn to be ok with being uncomfortable. We wanted to put people before things. Freedom of time and place to accomplish these desires is what gave us the idea for RVing. And that is how we decided to quit our regular jobs, say heart wrenching goodbyes and hit the open road.
Our story is probably different from most fulltime RVers. It was never a dream of ours, but it was the right vehicle (forgive the pun) for reaching our dreams at this point. Please know that we are not running from anything, and we did not make this decision to fulfill selfish desires of having fun. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly have fun on the road; but our dreams are much more meaningful and lasting than some fun times in the present. Also, we would never choose RVing over having children. Now that we see the benefits of this lifestyle, I hope that I would have shared something similar with children; but the truth is, if we had had children, RVing probably never would have crossed our minds as a consideration.
And that’s the true story of how we made the decision to become fulltime RVers. But that is just the beginning of the story. For the next step, click here for the logistics on how we found our RV.
What is your story or dream?