Holiday Recap. Moving & Finding Contentment In The Mud

The Christmas holiday back at home in North Carolina was lovely. Honestly, at one point Anthony and I looked at each other and agreed that it had been the best Christmas we’ve ever had together. How odd it was that Christmas could be so different and yet still so wonderful. We are grateful for the small moments and the memories of yummy food, lights, gifts, holiday parties and faces we love most.

Rving After about a month long break from normal life on the road, I can honestly say our family was so excited to get back to the the new normal of life as we know it – together. We pulled out of Ruskin, Florida as Anthony’s job had ended there, and headed to Front Royal, Virginia for several months.

For the past few days we’ve been busy settling in and getting rested up. We already love this place! It still has the feel we love of a quant, old mountain town, while still having many of the usual stores and conveniences we’ve grown fond of. Kind of like the best of both worlds in many ways!


I do not generally love frigid temperatures….can you tell? And although Florida wasn’t my favorite, it has been rather odd to go from sunny and 82 most days to, dreary, rainy and anywhere from 10-50 degrees in our new spot. But the changes of all kinds are what makes this life on the road interesting and fun! Lucky for me I sort of adore change, and Anthony and I both have adventurous spirits, so we are able to go with the flow and not completely lose our minds in the process of all the change that life on the road brings with it.

snow, cold, childrenThis was the kids about .025 seconds after we had stepped out of the car at our new campground in Virginia. There was only small, and I do mean the most minute patches of snow left over from an arctic blast earlier in the week. (That we are so grateful we missed.) But that didn’t matter to two kids who grew up at the beach and have apparently been severely snow deprived all of their lives! They immediately went to throwing snow balls (with no gloves on) and making teeny tiny snowmen from what little bit off dirty snow left to get their hands on.

mud, muddy rvAnd then there is this.

Snow is so much prettier before it melts and leaves behind a slushy cleaning nightmare situation for any human being….especially those who live in 300 square feet of muddy campsite. As I watched our second born fall flat into the mud with all his snow clothes on, wondering where IN THE HECK is the closest laundromat? I stood at the steps leading into our tiny home on wheels imagining my pledge to stop yelling at my kids going right out the RV window as they inevitably begin to track this horrible mess into what little bit of clean, warm, sacred space we do have.

After watching my husband scramble to get us all hooked up in the freezing cold before the night set in so our pipes wouldn’t freeze (and helping where I could in between jumping back in the car to thaw out.) As I stood there at the bottom of the three steps that lead into our small home, staring at the mud and the muck that surrounded it on every side, I literally rehearsed over and over to myself, “In every circumstance, in every circumstance, in EVERY circumstance….I CAN know what it means to be truly –  deeply content.”

Even in the midst of constant change

and frigid temperatures

little boys falling flat in the slush

the inevitable frozen pipes to come

and yes, even in the mud.

This simple life we’ve chosen to lead teaches us more than ever before, the art of being truly satisfied with less.

To truly be content in every situation.

This is the kind of life we desire most.



About Rachel Rowell

A true southern gal at heart, Rachel was raised and lives in the deep south and spends her days raising her own babies, writing, making music, reading out on the front porch, and cooking supper for her family to sit around the table and enjoy together at nights! Her ultimate girlhood dream was to raise a family in a house just like "Anne of Green Gables" and now she is living her dream and inspiring others along the way.

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11 Responses to Holiday Recap. Moving & Finding Contentment In The Mud

  1. John L. January 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    To be content with what you have is a true blessing! Not many of us can say that. These are the times the kids will look back on 30 or 40 years from now and smile……

  2. debbiemc14 January 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    Truly beautiful. We hope to be joining that life this Summer.


    • Rachel Rowell January 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

      Awesome Debbie! Please stay connected with us. Maybe we will be following your journeys soon! 😉

  3. Sue and Paul January 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    I catch myself searching for your updates. Totally love to read your blog. You write in a way that makes us feel we are right there with you. Thank you for sharing your amazing new life with all of us.

    • Rachel Rowell January 12, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

      Thank you so much! Sharing our journey with you all is such fun and it makes me pay attention to the small details, good and bad, that otherwise I am sure I would miss. Thank you for reading my words and for following our family on our journey. It definitely makes us feel a bit less alone knowing you are “there with us.”

      Much love.
      Rachel 🙂

  4. Angela January 13, 2014 at 5:36 am #

    I completely understand your struggle with the mud. Every time we set our RV up it seems like my husband manages to find the only mud on the site and immediately tracks it in the house. One thing we have found that helps with this is we carry around with us a couple of large welcome mat type rugs. These are heavy duty with rubber backs and can be simply hosed off to clean them. Ours have a sort of thin layer of outdoor type carpet on top, not the AstroTurf type although we have a small mat of that too for extra dirty shoes. They are probably 3×5 foot in size and just roll up to travel in the basement of the RV. Pretty sure you can get them at a big hardware store. They really help keep the dirt outside and they can be used to cover up grass, dirt or just concrete depending on the type of site we are staying in. They come in very handy when the concrete pad is too short and the door ends up over grass. I don’t feel like we are home until I have rolled out the mats and established our entryway, such as it is!

    • Rachel Rowell January 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Great Ideas Angela. Will definitely have to get some of those mats as I certainly can’t deal with mud being tracked in the RV! 🙂

  5. Peggymorrisrowell January 14, 2014 at 12:54 am #

    Love it!

  6. gotagoodthing January 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Welcome to Virginia! My husband and I are based in Charlottesville VA so if you need some helpful tips on what’s around feel free to drop us a line!

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