It's finally official: WE ARE MOBILE. That's right, you heard me, M.O.B.I.L.E. As in go anywhere, footloose and fancy free, home-is-where-you-park, or as Pinocchio would say, "There ain't no strings on me!" We signed the papers on the sale of our house mid-November, and couldn't be happier.
We focused on getting the RV ready to roll, which was another mountain to climb all in itself. (post coming later) We kept on taking bits of stuff to storage as we felt like it, wondering if we would ever sell our house. And then our realtor called; we had an interested buyer...overseas. WHAT?! Our realtor, Lynda, put together an amazing video of the house. This family saw it and fell in love with it. Within a few days, there were offers and counter offers, and finally a deal was made. The only kicker was we had to wait 60 days, instead of the normal 30, to close the sale of the house. Anything could happen, and nothing was 'DONE' until we signed papers.
For me, it was nerve-racking. I tried to convince myself everything would be alright, but there is always this chance that it wouldn't work out. It was a huge gamble from my point-of-view. In order to start this adventure we needed our RV ready to move into, and we were still a ways off. I would need to spend most of our 'Winter Stash' in order to finish it. So, if we finished the RV and these folks walked away for whatever reason, we wouldn't have enough to pay our bills for the slowest time of our year. On the flip side, if this did go through...IF...we would have a paid-off RV to live in and money in the bank, enough to get us through the slow time.
The mortgage company was ready to close. Everything was ready to roll. We had a week to move out! I'll be honest. I wasn't ready to celebrate until all the papers were signed and the check was in my hand, but I saw light in the tunnel! It was happening. The trailer wasn't ready though. We had the last of our stuff in storage, closing on our house, but still needed a place to stay for a few weeks. No problem. Our parents to to the rescue!
Mid-November we closed the sale. We said our goodbyes to our beloved homestead, ready to start the next chapter. With papers signed and check in the bank, we moved into our parents homes. It was a interesting set up. Melissa and I would stay with her mom and two streets away our kids would sleep at my parent's place, and in the morning I'd pick them up and we would do school at Melissa's mom's place. Here's the deal: My parent's have a duplex, they live in one side and my Aunt and cousin live in the other side. Melissa's brother owns the exact same duplex layout 2 streets away on the same block, with her Mom in the other side. So in one duplex, you have my parents, my aunt, my cousin, and my 3 kids. In the other is Melissa's brother, his son, their mom, and us. It's like some weird version of Full House!
It may sound kinda stressful, but it worked out pretty good. We were there through Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it just felt like we were there for the holidays. Overall, it was nice. We got to spend more time with our families than we have in long time. Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, cousins...even the dogs. It really was fun, it was only for about 6 weeks. Just enough time to finish the RV.
Thus begins the official next chapter. The question I keep getting is, "What's it like being homeless?" My response is usually, "We're not homeless. We're mortgage-less and debt
free...it's awesome!" In the RV world the saying is, "Home is where you park it." It's true. As long as we have each other, we are home, no matter where we are.
We are so thankful to our friends and family who support us in this life changing decision, and encourage us daily. We carry much gratitude and thankfulness in our hearts for the Hawkins Family, yes the entire family, for helping us tackle this RV monster! She fought us everyday, but in the end, it came out magnificent! And we couldn't have done it without our realtor, Lynda Poe. Seriously. She was a-mazing.
And to the rest of you who are reading this, whether friends and curious bystanders...Thanks for the encouragement and support! We can't wait to share more of our adventures with you.