4 months down, 12 more to go. Trailer Living update.

IMG_7581We’ve officially hit 4 months in the trailer. How did that go so fast?? And yet not a darn thing has happened on our land! There is something kinda discouraging about that… I want to see people out there with shovels! What, some dirt needs to be moved?? Where? Give me the shovel, I’ll just do it! However; not the reality. A lot is happening, its just behind the scenes. Again, another lesson in patience for me. I keep praying for it and Im not sure why Im surprised that I get stuck in these life situations where there is no other way to handle them except wait. So so hard for me, because I am a doer, not so much a wait-er.

I felt like this a good time to open up to you guys about the reality of RV/trailer living and what its taught me so far.

As most of you know, Ive homeschooled my boys for the past 3 years. This last year started out a little rough with my oldest son. Selling a house, moving, and moving into a trailer… did not help. The first few weeks in the trailer were an adventure, because everything was new. And the idea of homeschooling in the trailer sounded magical. I thought we would wake up slowly, make a nice breakfast, the kids would run and frolic on the land, and then wed do school, all take a nap, bake bread… lol… not reality friends! At least not for me. Most days were rough. There were about 2 weeks in there that were particularly bad. I struggled with my oldest following directions in school, id lose my patience and it was just a hot mess. I’m generally a joyful outgoing person, but there were some days I didn’t want to get out of bed because I knew what the day was going to hold. I would think, how am I going to do school with a child who doesn’t want to work or listen? Where was I gonna do laundry? I have to take the trash somewhere, I don’t want to burden anyone… All of this would hit my head and it was just a heavy burden I didn’t know how to deal with. Thankfully my sweet husband met me where I was at, carried me when I felt like I couldn’t. He encouraged me by saying, “Sometimes when we are in Gods will, its not our way and its not the easiest way, but it will always be the best way.” Such an important key to remember because thats what I ultimately want.IMG_7574

The school year finished, were now enjoying a busy summer, and we’ve decided an alternate school plan for this next year that Im excited about. Ive also gotten into a nice rhythm with the kids at the house.  IMG_6241

In all of my honesty, I just want to clarify, I know I don’t live in the worst circumstances ever. My husband has a job and we did choose this life. I am SO happy we did. We have much to be thankful for. But I just feel it necessary to show the realness of it. No one is perfect and life isn’t always as beautiful as we want it to be. Ive been hit with a huge dose of humility, I mean something as simple as asking friends to do laundry, kinda puts you right in your place. On the positive side, I have seen friends and family selflessly stand up and step in, graciously opening up their homes to us. I can’t say I would have seen that side of these friends if we hadn’t chosen this path.

Dino and I have also realized how much we love going over to friends houses and watching their kids, we both aren’t normally drawn to other peoples kids. But because we chose the Trailer path, our thought at first was, “Well what else are we going to do… lets just keep busy.” I don’t think we would have seen that this was a way we could serve those we love and find joy in it. When you get so stuck in a certain way, I think at times you can miss what God wants for our lives. The Tragedy isn’t that we may not get something that we want, but that we may miss out on something God wants for us. I have just been repeating this in my head over and over lately. Just meditating on that majestical truth!

I am thrilled with what we are doing, through good days and bad, I know this is the best way. And of course, lets not forget the obvious light at the end of the tunnel… the house! I am so thankful and excited to be building and can’t wait to share the house with you guys! As soon as their is action… I’ll be sharing it!IMG_7565IMG_7691IMG_6483

33 thoughts on “4 months down, 12 more to go. Trailer Living update.

  1. Oh Ash, I tested up reading the part about what we may be missing out on that God wants us to experience (major paraphrase). That is the tragedy. Love your open and honest heart! xoxo

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      1. Wow! Everything is so beautiful! I wonder though, where do you watch movies? I haven’t had commercial television for 10 years but enjoy watching movies or netflix.

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  2. I just scrolled through your entire instagram and blog. Holy Moly! I’m hooked! What an incredibly amazing and inspiring life you’ve made with your family and RV living. And your home (RV) decor style is ON POINT! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

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  3. New follower here! Absolutely love your style and will be following along as your journey unfolds. My husband and I are at a turning point in our lives, and are seriously considering making a lifestyle choice similar to yours. We also have 3 kids. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. “The Tragedy isn’t that we may not get something that we want, but that we may miss out on something God wants for us…that majestical truth!” In our busy and, *sometimes,* materialistic, self-centered human-ness, there are no truer or more powerful words. Enjoying your story on Insta!

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  5. I’m in love with you journey! It’s so very similar to ours. We are a family of 3 boys who went on an adventure with the Lord. It led us to a tiny town standing in front of a latecomer 1800’s home. It’s s HOT MESS! So we bought a trailer which looks very similar to your same floor plan and hooked it up on our property and are on the adventure of rebuilding a home debt free! So as you can imagine that is a SUPER slow process but it’s an exciting one. I have had the same crazy mad and frustrated days with myself and my kids who have cried because they want their own room. Trying to explain to pre-teens this will all turn out for the good I promise is a hard conversation but we manage…sometimes. So thank you for sharing your journey… it makes me feel like have have not completely gone crazy and there’s someone else out there on a similar path. My life motto… Share the Story…. you never know who you will touch! God Bless your sweet family and your journey. Praying progress over your home!!

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  6. My husband and I have made a choice similar to yours in a slightly more suburban area in So Cal (though I’m not sure where you are). My kids are 5, 3, and 1 and we are soon going to be picking out a used travel trailer (that we can hopefully use for weekend trips as well). We are using our garage as a baby-safe trailer-adjacent rec room as long as the house is being built (likely the same timeline as yours). I thought I’d just say you have been an inspiration to us making this choice. It’s scary but certainly an adventure.

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  7. Thx for your honesty💜. So often we leave the IG world feeling inadequate. My kids are grown & have given me 2 amazing grands. Plz check them out at unk_clectic!!! I’m sure u will fall in love with them😂😂. U would think by now in my life I would remember who I am in Christ, that I don’t need the applause of others. I started my IG to encourage young moms believing God directed me in this way. I trust Him that if I can encourage 1 woman then He will do the rest. Your Rv is beautiful but not nearly as beautiful as your spirit. May the Lord bless u❣️❣️❣️.

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  8. I am wodering how the paint job looks. I need to paint mine but I never thought about rollinh it on. Let me know please and maybe a close up picture.

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  9. I am starting to make my huge transition to tiny living….maybe tiny house or RV. Can you share the year and price of the Cougar you bought please.
    Thanks! Teresa

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  10. Hi, newbie here, what’s your plan with the RV when the house is done? I’m currently looking for a place for me&my 2yr girl to live in…love your decor &layout…your awesome style your clothes be on point.

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  11. Wow so beautiful! My husband is in the military and we move pretty frequently. We’ve been talking about doing something similar to this in order to save some money for a house. We’re moving to San Diego in about a year. Have you already found a buyer for the air stream?

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