On The Ending Of Our Full-time RV Journey

Hello friends!

It’s been so long…so very long since I’ve written. Although I can say that I’ve missed you all something fierce; my sweet readers who have so faithfully followed along as our family has taken this three year journey of full-time RV living, at one point I had to decide that personal growth and building a life with my family was more important than building an ever-growing online presence and blog readership. I had to learn to find balance in it all. With that, you will hopefully understand why I have mostly been MIA from this blog over the last year or so. 

It was time to write to let you all know that after three incredible years, our family’s light life journey of full-time RV life is coming to a close.

Our life season is changing and it is just time to settle down and grow deep roots again.

I have to be honest and admit that I’ve been spending the past few weeks looking back over the last three years and being reminded what a crazy, wonderful, amazing experience of life it’s been and realized, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Not even all the times we banged our heads on a cabinet in the camper, or the toilet was backed up…AGAIN, or the shower floor filled up to overflowing because someone forgot to open the grey tank. 😉

As I have reminisced over the past few weeks or so, I have given a lot of thought about what RV life and living small has taught us. And although many things, I attempted to narrow it down to just a few.

  1. Gratitude. – The whole world just grows bigger and brighter when you intentionally strip your life of frills and time suckers and live simply for an extended period of time. Besides, when you live small and simply, you appreciate EVERYthing that most of the world doesn’t even notice.
  2. Family. – Not having the crushing financial pressures of many American families, gave us precious time together, along with the spacial closeness of camper life has knit our hearts together in a way we had never experienced before.
  3. Experiences. – I probably don’t have to explain why and how RV living fosters myriads of ways to experience life in unique ways.
  4. People. – We’ve met so many fellow humans of all walks of life along our journeys, living in different campgrounds, ect. They have made the journey rich in their own unique way! We will never forget your faces and how you  have graced us with your presence and brightened our journey no matter where we were.
  5. Home. – Even in our tiny little 300 sq. feet of living space that got cramped at times, it always, always felt like home. Because we learned that home isn’t a house or a location, it is where ever you are fully loved and accepted and free to be yourself. We found that home truly is wherever we are together.

All of this and so much more that can’t be listed on a blog, has grown us, stretched us, and made our lives so incredibly rich in ways that we could never have bought with money or found within that big ole’ house we lived in back then; and for that…and for all we’ve discovered about ourselves and about life and humanity that is good, we will forever be grateful and will carry with us always.

As this chapter comes to a close to give way to a new one, we want you to know that this is not “goodbye,” but rather just a turn of the page.

And still, we invite you to continue to join us in the next chapter of our brand new journey! Because it just wouldn’t be as fun without you all.

And so, on Friday of this week, at 9 am we sign papers to make this 1873 farmhouse jewel our very own.

Home.

In a brand new town we’ve never lived before, filled with neighbors we’ve never met before.

We could never have imagined almost three years ago to the day, that our journey would lead us to a completely new place and home. But it has, and we are grateful…and for all the things that have brought us here.

I could tell you the story of how we ended up here and how we aren’t exactly sure of all the reasons why we are being planted here. And I could also tell you that our hearts are strangely confident that this is where we are supposed to be at this place and time. We can’t wait to see what becomes of our lives here and how we get to be used to breathe fresh, new life into this old place that has been the same for years.

New life.

New beginnings.

New experiences.

New lessons.

“For everything there is a season…”

Change and growth is what living is all about isn’t it?

It means we are alive! We are changing, growing, expanding, and moving forward.

And so, as you read this, we are living our very last day of full-time RV life.

And I know that when I walk out of our tiny home for the last time as “home” and close that little camper door, I will smile a smile of complete gratitude and peace as I reflect back on this journey we have taken together, from beginning to end.

I put together a collection of just a few of the many highlights of our journey and the memories we take forward with us to share with you all below….

We did it.

And it has been our honor to have you join along with us for this leg of the journey.

There will be much more, so much more to come…

(page turn) <3

 

{more pics of the house, what we plan to do next with our sweet “Light Life” camper, and stories of our old (new) farmhouse journey to come…}

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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10 Responses to On The Ending Of Our Full-time RV Journey

  1. Valerie Ram Rattan July 14, 2016 at 4:43 am #

    Congratulations on your new endeavor and thanks for including us all in the transition. Best wishes!!!

  2. Alexandra Presley July 14, 2016 at 4:54 am #

    Sorry if this is tacky- but lemme know if you decide to sell the camper 😉

  3. Tess July 14, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    How exciting for you and your family. I found your blog last summer and after reading about your journey have begun to down size, bought a travel trailer and beginning this Friday we too begin our next step. Thank you for your inspiration.

  4. Margaret July 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Good luck!!!

  5. Ashley July 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Beautiful video. What song was that?

  6. Sue July 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Wishing you much happiness and joy. Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures.

  7. Marsha July 14, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    Awesome! Congratulations sweet family and enjoy your next chapter!

  8. Randi :) July 15, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Exciting !!! This is too ironic but my friend Angie who left Wilmington the same time you did to live in their converted bus is also closing this month on a farm house in Washington state !!! I love it. !!! That seems to be a pattern hehe. thanks for sharing your journey! I loooove that the Lord nudged you to just be with your family and know that’s your most important platform ! When it’s time you will have the public ministry He desires for you – no doubt . And I’m sure that it will be successful :). My hubby and I still talk about taking a year adventure with the kids since he works from home and we homeschool . Waiting on Gods timing. Blessings on you!!!!

  9. Dottie Lewis July 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    I definitely am interested in how you ended up in the little town you now call home!

  10. Susie January 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    I hope you keep your camper so you can take wonderful vacations with it to areas unknown. Looking forward to new adventures with your family.

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