Why RV Life?

Hi there! Thank you for checking out our website! We are new to full-time RV living, having just started our journey in August 2023, with a rough, attempted start a few months before that in May. But I’ll save the details of that attempted start for another post. Today I want to tell you WHY we chose RV life. It’s a question we get asked a lot, almost everyone we know and meet wants to know our reasons why we chose to sell everything and live in an RV full-time. The idea was originally Kyle’s about 3 years ago. I genuinely laughed in his face when he presented the idea to me, thinking there was no way I’d ever want to downsize that much or leave the wonderful community we had in Minnesota. I put the idea out of my mind and never thought about it again. I realize now that God was using Kyle’s idea to plant the seed in my mind and heart, preparing me for His call on our lives. Funny how He plants those seeds, and we don’t even know at the time that they will grow someday. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) Fast forward to December 2022, this idea of traveling full-time in an RV crosses my mind, and I bring it up to Kyle like it’s a brand new idea that he’s never thought of before! After he lovingly reminds me that I laughed at the idea, which was his initially, he tells me he’s been thinking about it off and on over the last few years, and he’s so excited to hear I’m finally caught up. If you don’t know Kyle, he is the most patient man you’ll ever meet. Seriously, he knew he just had to plant the seed and eventually, I’d come around on my own to want the same thing he wants. Clever man, that one! Anyway, we begin the serious conversations, research, and prayer about what it would mean to start this journey of full-time RVing. Trust me when I say this was not a decision made lightly, quickly, or without tears and fears.

Our reasons for wanting to take up this lifestyle were numerous, but I will share with you our BIG 3 reasons. The first reason was the desire and call to homeschool our boys. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NIV) Brooks was in the middle of 3rd grade, Roland in 1st, and we knew that sending them to public school for middle school was not an option. Again, I’ll have to write a whole other post about why we homeschool versus sending our boys to public school, but that can wait for another day. We had been trying to figure out a way to make it work financially for one of us to stay home with the boys to homeschool without sacrificing family time and our marriage, but the options just weren’t out there, or at least not to our knowledge, which brings us to the full-time RVing idea. We knew that if we sold the house and everything in it, we could be nearly debt-free, other than the loans for the truck and RV, and homeschool our boys on the road. We also knew that by selling our house and belongings we could afford to live off my income as a traveling x-ray technologist, and Kyle could be the stay-at-home parent and homeschool. From a financial standpoint, it just made sense to us.

The second reason we wanted to take up this lifestyle was to have the ability and freedom to travel. Having the house and all its wonderful expenses and projects that came with it made it nearly impossible for us to have any extra money or time to spend on travel. We love traveling to new places, meeting new people, and experiencing other parts of the world. Kyle was fortunate in his younger years to have had many opportunities to travel. He’s been to New Zealand, Greece, England, Hawaii, and many other areas of the United States. I have not been able to travel as much, but I always loved the road trips my family went on in the summers when I was a kid to visit friends and family. After we got married, Kyle and I decided to save up for a big honeymoon in Italy. It only took us 7 years to save the money for it, but we did it, and it was the trip of a lifetime! Once I experienced another country and culture, I was hooked. And after I became a mom I knew I wanted my kids to experience other people, places, and cultures as well. God created this big world and all the people in it, and we want our boys to see as much of His creation firsthand as possible. What better way to have these experiences than traveling across the country as a family!

Our third and biggest reason we wanted the RV life was for more time to focus on the four of us as a family and centering around God. Yes, I realize that we didn’t need to sell everything, move, and travel in an RV to accomplish this goal. Just hear me out. Our hearts were hurting from not having enough family time and time for our marriage. When I brought the idea up to Kyle in December, we realized that we both were feeling a tug in our hearts that we needed this drastic change for our family. I still can’t explain the feeling. It was a push, an urge, from the Holy Spirit to trust Him, take this leap of faith, and charge full speed into a new chapter, a new direction. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’m learning that God had to remove us from our comforts to gain our full attention. I’ve always loved being on the go, seeing my people, spending time at events, and hosting the next party. So the thought of living in an RV full-time, being in places that I was not familiar with, nor having close friends nearby, terrified me. Yes, the idea of traveling sounded wonderful and exciting, but this wasn’t a vacation, this was God’s call for our lives! “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Romans 8:26-30 NIV)

Let me be clear about something, we have never owned, rented, borrowed, driven, or stayed in an RV before making this decision. We truly jumped in feet first, trusting that God was moving us in the right direction. We are completely learning as we go on the road. It’s been a bumpy road at times, with moments of questioning whether we made the right decision or not, missing the comforts of familiarity, and just wanting to throw in the towel and say we gave it a good college try. But we know at the end of each day, no matter how good, bad, hard, or easy it was, that God doesn’t want us to just give it a good college try. He wants our full commitment, our full trust, our full submission, and our full efforts being poured out every day. He wants us to lean on Him completely, daily. He wants our family to continue to grow closer to Him and each other. We will remain living in our RV and on the road until we feel His Spirit call us to something different. RV life is not for everyone. I truly didn’t think it would be for us, but we are learning so much together, making so many wonderful memories, seeing some amazing places, and meeting wonderful people along the way. If we only live this lifestyle for a year, it would be well worth it for everything we’ve gained. But I have a feeling God’s not done with us in our RV yet.

Stay tuned for more updates and adventure posts!

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