Meet The Rowells!

Rowell family

Hi!

We are the Rowell family! Welcome to The Light Life Blog!

Formerly known as the family of four who traveled and lived full-time in an RV, this blog was originally started to document our three year journey, and we did it!

These days, we’ve left the RV journey behind to settle down and renovate a big ole’ 1873 farmhouse in a quaint little South Carolina town on the outskirts of Charlotte, NC.

Mostly, we want our readers to know that we just adore and appreciate you, and the last thing we desire is for this blog to just be a place to document our farmhouse journey; that’s not what we’re going for at all.

We want to connect with you, to share our lives with you, to encourage and inspire you to LIVE the light in your own lives, wherever you may find yourself.

There is a long road ahead and so much more to come. We hope you’ll discover the beauty there to be found in your life, as we share ours.

Welcome again friends old and new to The Light Life Blog! As we begin this new chapter, we’re so blessed you’re a part of our story too.

It is our hope that this place of sharing our story will be like a big ole’ southern front porch where life quiets for just a while and you sit a spell with us until your soul is encouraged and your weary heart is lifted with a warm and gentle embrace that says,”Welcome home. You are so loved.”

13754592_10154503156757847_786254696626414455_nWith Love,

Anthony & Rachel Rowell
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21 Responses to Meet The Rowells!

  1. Roger Smith (@casarodanteorg) July 14, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Thanks for the comment on our blog. Gives me a chance to see yours. We are planning on semi-fulltiming in a bit more than 2 years when we retire. It will be fun to follow your family and get some good location ideas. Let us know when you get to California.

  2. Courtney Gifford July 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    HELLO, ROWELLS! Welcome to the RV lifestyle! I can’t wait to read all about your adventures. They will be many, some good and some bad, so remember that we’re all here, the whole RVing community, the most accessible and caring resource you can find. I’ve already used several forums in troubleshooting issues, and everyone has been very gracious and helpful. Welcome to your new life! I hope to see you out there!
    Courtney

  3. Machell August 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Nice blog! We are right behind you. We are in the process of selling everything now. At first people can’t understand why, then when we point out that they work to pay taxes, to maintain the house and the property, etc. They start to see our point. Life is too short to not enjoy it. Safe travels and see you on the out on the road!

  4. Brenda August 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Welcome to REAL life. We felt the same way you did. We had a 4200 sq ft house on 4 acres of land on a private drive in upstate NY (Rochester, NY). We have been traveling in our 2008 Tour Master motorhome for 7-8 months out of the year. Every time we came home we felt the burden and pressure of our house. More chores to do. Lots of stuff in every room. Clutter is not in our vocabulary but every room had furniture and decorations and stuff. We finally asked ourselves what we are doing. So we sold our home (closed July 1, 2013) and everything in it. I was Craigs List crazy. It seemed like I’d have people over buying stuff almost every day. We kept our SUV that we tow behind our motorhome and our 4 kitties (no kids) enjoy the traveling as well. Some artwork is stored at our parents place that we just couldn’t part with but other than that, everything is gone. And it feels good. We hope you enjoy full-timing as much as we do. Not every day is going to be sunshine and rainbows but the good far out way the bad. We’ve certainly had a rough last month but we hope we are on the upswing with our luck. Enjoy this time you have with your family and enjoy the experiences of life! If you are interested, we’ve kept a blog of our travels since 2008 when we started. http://www.OutsideOurBubble.com. We decided on our blog name because it’s all about breaking outside of the norm…outside of your bubble if you will. People are in the never ending cycle of sleep, work, eat, sleep, work, eat. We wanted to break outside that bubble we created and experience things we have not experienced before. Best of luck to you!

    • Rachel Rowell September 5, 2013 at 2:37 am #

      Thanks so much Brenda! Yes, we were tired of the whole “rat race” of life, the never ending cycle of working just to pay bills. This way we will have financial freedom AND time so it’s a win win for us. This kind of life isn’t for everyone, but we certainly have enjoyed our first week and a half “off the grid.”

      Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you around here in the future! 🙂

  5. Roger Edington September 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Now if a family of four can do it in a 300 sf trailer then a older couple with grown children like us should be able to do it too! I had decided that I want to do this lifestyle change. I didn’t know how to talk to my wife about it. I posted it on the Facebook group I was in. They featured it on their podcast show Living the RV Dream. It starts at 16:30 minutes. They discuss a Facebook question (mine) about how to introduce the idea of full-time RVing to your spouse. http://livingthervdream.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-06T04_00_00-07_00

    • Jeannie September 13, 2013 at 12:03 am #

      hope you will look at some of the full timer blogs…it’s an amazing lifestyle. We saw more of our families (who are spread out all over the U.S.) when we were full timing than we did when we were in one spot in IN. That seems to be a common worry for women, that they wont’ see their family and grandkids enough. Also that it’s a lonely lifestyle. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Hope you guys do this!

  6. Jeannie September 13, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Welcome to the full timing world. We full timed for three years in a 40 foot motorhome, class A. I am in awe of you doing this in a smaller rig with two little ones. We had the most amazing three years of our life. If you’d like to see where we went and what we did, hope you will check out “Where’s Eldo?” If you google it, it will come right up. We have since come off the road to settle down (we are quite a bit older, you see,) but I am a former special ed. teacher. This is one of the most wonderful things you could ever do for your children. I plan on following you and have signed up. Safe travels!

    • Rachel Rowell September 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      thanks Jeannie! So far we are really enjoying it! The kids seem to be as well. Hoping they will look back on this time as the most amazing journey of their lives! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi. 🙂

  7. Karen Eastwood, Cumming Georgia September 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Love your story and following you on the road. We are in the process of getting rid of “stuff”..most of which are wants and not needs! We also plan to sell our home, and take our new 5th wheel and hit the road! We homeschool as well, so what a better way to learn about our country – see it first hand.
    Prayers and best wishes for safe travels and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY camping.

    • Rachel Rowell September 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      thanks Karen! Best of luck to you guys are you prepare to head out on the road. You will LOVE it! Look forward to staying connected with you here.

  8. Juanita Burke September 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Dec 4 2013 we are starting our new life of full-time rving. Our first trip and stopping for 4 months is in texas. We are both retired and looking forward to just being out in our Class A motorhome and traveling around the United States. Neither one of us fly.

  9. DeWain September 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    My wife and I are recently empty nesters and are considering full-timing. We already have a very comfortable fifth-wheel. I think the hard part for us is letting go of ‘stuff.’ I just found your blog and find it really interesting! (By the way,I’m a retired high school band director.). I left a post on your “7 things” article that you might find helpful with the shaking.

    • Rachel Rowell September 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Thank you so much for the tips DeWain! And for stopping by. Good luck to as you make your decision whether or not to full-time. It can be a lovely life, but it is all in what you make of it! 🙂

  10. Nancy McVey September 20, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    Hi Rachel, My husband and I are in the process of making all of our plans to leave the rat race also. We lost our house a few years ago, which at the time seemed like our world was falling apart, but because something good always comes from something bad, we now are freed up to do this. For now we both still work fulltime and do festivals on the weekends. We just purchased (completely paid for) a used 34 foot class A motorhome. This is our second motorhome, but we are getting this one ready to live in. We are putting a big screen TV, recliners, a sleep number bed and hardwood floors. We are making it ‘HOME’. At the same time we are starting to get rid of everything in the house. It is definately a process!! I found your blog and signed up to follow you as you start your journey. I hope I can learn from you. You are brave to do this with 2 children, but they will have such wonderful memories. We will be continuing our festivals along the way as some income. We can’t wait to see the country. I will be following you along your journey.

    • Rachel Rowell September 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Thank you so much Nancy! Yes, I agree that the most horrible situations in our lives can sometimes turn out to be the biggest blessings in disguise. Blessings and best of luck to you guys as you make your new motorhome, a real home!

  11. Hank Hanscheck November 13, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    And the adventure begins! I’ve been in the oil & gas business for 32 years and my wife and I are able to travel a lot with my job. We love to fish and being on the beach and most of the time, the company is covering all the expenses. So on January 4th, 2013, we moved out of our 3,000 sq ft home on 22 acres into our 32′ Puma travel trailer, and let our oldest son and his family move in so they could save some money to buy a house of their own. When we are not out on the road, we have a designated spot in our company RV park over looking the San Marcos River in Central Texas. Usually, it’s just us here except on weekends. We’ve learned a lot about how to slim down on the things you don’t really need. It’s amazing how much stuff you can have that just clutters your life. I hope your adventure is memorable. You’ll cherish the time you have to bond as a family. I know some folks think we’re crazy, maybe we are, but it works for us. Good Luck.

  12. Shaun January 20, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    Have you met families that were not necessarily “affluent” before making the RV choice, or even those that did not have a career that could be maintained on the road? Maybe families that park their RV and do temporary work until they get enough cash to move on… I want to experience the world with my family and live a life that breaks out of the trap of the suburban lifestyle, but I can’t figure out how. The RV life might be the answer. Plus, what wouldn’t be cooler than the total freedom of going anywhere, even if it is just an experiment.

  13. foodiefam March 29, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    This is definitely an exciting time for our family to as our family of 8 is moving from 2,700 sq ft of living space to our 31 ft RV. We enjoy reading blogs of full time RV families. Keep up the timely posts 🙂 http://foodieswithacause.com/getting-ready-go-house-living-rv-living/

  14. Lisa Y September 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I am glad I found your blog! We just did the same thing! People think we are crazy! This is all working towards our goal of moving to Alaska. It is very encouraging to see a family with kids. We are a family of 5. 2 daughters 9 and 7 and a son 3. We too have given up the dreams of a “Big house and everything that goes with it” to a tiny 366 square foot trailer. While we are not traveling the country, we are adventuring in the country on my dad’s land. The adventure will start in a couple of years!

  15. Maggie July 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    I’m glad I found your blog! We’re headed out in October for full time travel in a camper with our two kiddos too! We’ve been living in a houseboat in Southeast Alaska for the last 2 (in preparation for this adventure) so I can definitely relate to the one tiny bathroom, lots of laundry, not much space, etc. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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