Friends! We’ve emerged from the depths of new parenthood and we’re back!! Hallelujah!
I cannot comprehend how it’s been just shy of a year since my last blog post where I shared the details of our plan to quit our jobs and travel the country in a travel trailer. Although SO much has happened, it feels like a blink of an eye since that update.
Where shall I start?!
With the anticipation of our travel trailer being ready mid-June we put our house on the market and wouldn’t you know it, after four showings the Saturday after it went up, we got a full price offer on Monday morning. Woohoo! Step 1 of “Mission Downsize” was complete. About a week and a half later our travel trailer arrived and Step 2 was checked off as well. We were on our way!
We went through the motions and did what we had to do to condense the belongings that filled our 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, house, into our newly purchased 27 feet of living space. We’re always up for a challenge and this feat did not disappoint! There’s something so freeing about getting rid of all the excess. People are astonished that we are able to live in such a small space. I realize not everyone is willing to go to the extremes that we have, but I do challenge you to take a long, hard, look at the things taking up space in your life. You might be surprised at how little you need!
We started living in our travel trailer full time July 4th weekend. We were blessed to find a host farm through WWOOF USA that was close enough to my job for me to have an easy commute until our Baby Girl’s arrival date. It didn’t take long for all of us to settle right in to our new digs.
Justin performed work in trade for us to park our trailer on the farm. Naturally, our pups weren’t protesting our new living arrangements and it was so nice to have farm fresh vegetables within steps of our kitchen.
I was still working my night job, but I took every chance I could to get out in the garden and get my hands dirty. Bending and moving around those rows did my body so good during my pregnancy!
Although moving into a trailer might seem like an easier, simpler, way of life to onlookers, the truth is there is a massive learning curve to this lifestyle that I don’t think we could have planned for in advance. Living on the farm came with its own set of challenges. Our hosts were still in the midst of establishing their property and for the first couple of months we had access to electricity, but did not have any water or waste hook ups. We had to find a way to empty our holding tanks (dish water, bathroom water, and yep, toilet waste(!)) without packing up the trailer once a week and taking it up to the rest area to clean it out. Justin stepped up to the challenge and took such great care of us, but boy were there some trials and tribulations! I didn’t think I could appreciate him any more than I already did, but this man of mine was gloving up and, quite literally, handling our business, without neigh a complaint.
On November 1st our lives were forever changed with the birth of our daughter, Miss Nora Jane.
We thought we were prepared for how our lives would change, but God had more in store for us than we imagined. The first few weeks after Nora’s arrival were some of the most difficult of our lives thus far and we had to make the tough decision to push the “easy” button on our living arrangements. We packed up our trailer and moved to an RV resort where we had all of the amenities. We missed having the farm soil beneath our feet the moment we left, but the reality was that we just couldn’t handle everything that was being thrown our way. Something had to give.
Although living in our travel trailer at the RV resort wasn’t quite what we envisioned in our “farm life” daydreaming, we made the transition knowing it was what was best. Plus, I’m positive things could’ve been much worse…
Fast forward a few months to present day. Spring has officially sprung in the Pacific Northwest! We originally planned to have our cross-country-farm-tour-road-trip mapped out and underway, but, as with every thing that has happened so far on this journey, plans have changed. The farmers at Bright Ide Acres that we’ve been volunteering and working with for the last couple of years graciously asked us to come on board with them this season and we did not hesitate to say YES.
So for the 2017 farm season we will be staying put right here in Washington state and we could not be more excited! One farm kid in particular, especially so… 🙂
There you have it, an update! I pinky promise it will not be a year before the next one, we have so much to share!