Monday, June 8, 2015

One Year Later- Progress!

It's been a little over a year since we announced that we were going to do something crazy: completely down-size everything we own, sell our house, and live on the road as a full-time traveling family.

I meant to keep better tabs on our progress. I wanted to do a monthly update. But, you know, we got busy "being about" our plan rather than just talking about our plan and I didn't take the time to write it all down like I thought I would.

But, here I am! Got a new blog dedicated to the family updates and everything! Let me share with you in simple bullet list form what we've been up to these last 9+ months since we've posted:

  • Whittled our clothes down to a bag a piece (with a box of winter clothes stored away to switch out with this season's clothes later).
That red bag you're looking at is my new closet, guys!

  • Rented 2 10x10 storage units for our keepsakes, special furniture, school books, and all of Keith's business/ministry supplies. We have plans to whittle that down even further to 1 storage unit this winter.
  • Downsized the kids' stuff completely. They are down to a bag of clothes each, 1 medium sized box each of toys (in storage), and 1 small box a piece to go with us. They also have a shared box of Legos in storage.
  • Re-homed all our pets/animals except for our Jolie (a border collie mix who's coming with us as soon as our RV is ready) and our farm cat Snarf. (He's my baby. We're keeping him around until I feel good about where he will end up.)
Snarf. The curmudgeon with a heart of gold. <3

  • Downsized the kitchen stuff to what will fit in our RV (we think!). That means about 10 or so plates, cups, basically enough dinnerware for 2 meals, plus basic cooking utensils.
  • TONS of loads to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Super Thrift (local thrift store)
  • Tons of stuff sold on eBay, Craigslist, Facebook, and consignment shops
Where a lot of our stuff sold until the place closed down. :(

  • Given LOTS of stuff to friends and family!
  • Met with our realtor and made a list of things to do to the house to get it ready for show.
  • Worked on said list, only a few things to mark off and it will be complete!
  • Put the house on the market!!! Woo! We've officially listed it with our realtor! If you're interested, contact Lynda Poe at Lawton Realty Group.

For Sale for real!
That's a full pond right there folks!!! The Coast Ranch is looking good!

  • Made progress on our Avion remodel-  we've found a great guy in our church who has taken over the renovation of our '71 Avion (our temporary home until the house is sold). It's getting new pipes, new floor, new curtains, new toilet, you know, basically an overhaul to make it livable! It should be ready by the end of summer, which is perfect because we will be at camps all summer long anyways, and won't really need it until then!
It's not pretty just yet, but it's gonna look cool soon!

That pretty much brings us to where we are now! Back home, the house is getting some paint, the 10 acres is getting a mow, and soon a super-detailed cleaning. Not much left to downsize, but we're still finding things everyday that we can do without. Amazing how that works! As I type this we are near Denton, Texas getting ready to start camp #3 of the summer! That's right, we've already completed 2 camps at glorious Lake Forest Ranch in Macon, MS. It is beautiful there, one of our favorite places to visit! Over the next 2 months, we'll be going from summer camp to summer camp, right up until the middle of August. 
Shadow Lake at LFR. This was our view when we stepped out our door everyday!

Now then, you can consider yourself caught up on our progress! We've accomplished a lot in a year's time! I'll wrap up this update for now. But don't worry, there's lots more we want to share with you about all the life lessons we've learned, and the spiritual and emotional growth we've experienced this past year. We've uncovered a lot of unexpected treasures in this whole simplifying/decluttering/de-owning process. They aren't material possessions, but they are absolutely priceless, and they've changed our family in many amazing ways. It's very exciting stuff to share, and we will in future posts!

If you'd like to stay connected to our travels in a real-time way, and keep up on where our adventure is taking us, check out the Welcome! tab on this page. There you'll find links to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc!

Until next time!
~Melissa

The Coast 5 at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center

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