Ruth’s new parking spot 3.0

After having our Rover released from potential Government seizure, plus a planned trip to MI, we decided it would be a good time to welcome our Land Rover Defender (aka Ruth) to the Kentucky countryside we reside in. Kevin’s brother Andrew was excited to have his basketball court back (the driveway) and we’re glad Mom didn’t turn the Rover into a really expensive flower pot.

Since we started this blog, got the Rover, and made big life changes – paying off debt and being good stewards has been an ongoing goal and priority. Kentucky has provided a great opportunity for work that’s launching us into achieving some greater goals. We decided it was time to walk into the bank and payoff our remaining debt on the Rover – giving us freedom and an asset. (Cheers and Praise!)

“With God, all things are possible.”  ~Mark 10:27

“Much like Indiana Jones, we never know what’s going to be around the bend…”

And thus is life. Believe for the best and don’t get bent out of shape with challenges arise and things go less than smoothly. While we envisioned driving the Rover with no problems all the way to KY from MI, we also anticipated the possibility of, well, anything.

After a few breakdowns, phone calls with Safari H.P., some attempted repairs, an extra day in Ohio with family, we played it safe and had to tow Ruth into her new parking spot – at Gusty Branch, in the hills of Kentucky.

Some say we should just sell the Rover. Although this Defender is just an earthly object, it represents something deeper, something bigger. While the world would have us give up on Ruth and go another direction – their direction – we’re inclined to fight for her. It’s kind of like following Christ that comes down to one simple decision and conviction of the heart. The challenge is to be ok with uncertainty, what lies ahead, and choose to follow Him, no matter the resistance.

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 Morals of the story…

• Abraham is always up for the adventure.

• Do what you gotta do, but make sure to slow down and intentionally enjoy the journey.

• 3 year olds are smarter and more capable than you think. Take everyday life moments (and challenges) as opportunities to teach them – they’re listening and watching!

• Surrender what’s out of your control. You don’t have as much control as you think.

• It’s good to have someone reliable and non-judgmental to call in an emergency – no matter your location.

• Be passionate and persistent.

• Instead of driving the quickest route possible, take your journey through small town America and off the interstate. You’ll see who America really is – and have a better perspective because of it.

• Road trips/Travel give you experience, perspective and education that can’t be found anywhere else. You’ll connect with people you never normally would – making friends for life.

• Drive a Defender – then you might understand 🙂

Related stories:

• Seized Defenders – Our Story

• The Defenders Return

What am I doing?

Our good friend Matt, shared the site manvsdebt.com with us. I’m sitting here, already being misunderstood and called crazy, thinking “what am I doing?” Then I remembered his slogan:

Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you Love.

-Adam Baker

People that travel and blog usually have some tangible goal like: camping in all 50 states, or traveling the entire world in a Land Rover, or Driving from Alaska to Argentina with 5 kids in a truck fueled by bio-diesel. Then there’s us.

We’re getting ready to be “homeless” on purpose, pregnant, and traveling in an old Land Rover with the “non-plan plan” in the horizon, all while pregnant. It sounds crazy, but then the answer to my question “what are we doing?” dawned on me.

Our first home doesn’t have enough land for our bigger dreams, and we just aren’t satisfied with the suburban lifestyle for long periods of time, Don’t get me wrong, I love cities. In fact, if money was no object, we’d have a skyline view in a penthouse loft, with a roof garden in Chicago, just to go there on the occasional weekend get-away. But we’re just not designed for the daily grind. We can work long and hard, but when there’s no bigger picture that we have like-minded vision with, I just can’t justify it long-term.

We’ve watched our parents generation loose their “secure” jobs, and seen people with college degrees not be able to find steady work to feed their families, and high paid engineers loose everything they had, long-time employees be offered a small severance package to leave. So what you’re “suppose to do out of high school” just doesn’t add up.

Kevin and I were entrepreneurs when we met out of college, but had to end our small business due to the change in the economy. Then we went to hourly wages, which is just not going to support the lifestyle of starting a family. Call me crazy, but I just don’t see it. So we’re selling our crap, working towards paying off debt, leaving our hourly jobs for a while, and getting ready to start doing what we love and living more passionately.

Hopefully our actions will inspire change in other people’s lives, and we’re trusing that we’ll make ends meed somehow. Just don’t look at it logically, and it’ll make sense. When I start over thinking it, that’s when I scare myself. But when I trust my gut, I trust my God, and I move towards the unkown that lies ahead, I know it’ll be just fine. Surrenderring to that fact that it doesn’t all have to be figured out, leaves room for the the Man above to do His part.

If you are considering a leap of faith in your life, trust your instinct. Listen to that still small voice, whom childhood stories call Jiminy Cricket.

Be okay with a little. Be okay with adversity, seeing it as opportunity. Be okay with the unknown. Be okay with just being in…today.

The Egg

So, that story I told you about the chicken that laid an egg on my lap on Mother’s Day?

READ previous story here | CLEANING & CHICKENS

Well, turns out it was foreshadowing after all! I thought that term was only used in novels and movies. Apparently not. The egg was a sign of things to come! We are 10 weeks pregnant, and found out a few weeks ago. But obviously, we wanted to share the new in person with the parentals and other family and friends.

We’ve been married for 5 years, this coming August, and we wanted to wait a bit to start a family to enjoy each other and do some traveling. That was the goal anyways. Life has a way of changing our plans though. So here we are pregnant, and not “traveled.” We’re down to the wire, I know, but we’re going. And the time is right. It’s far from easy (money, or lack-there of, selling the house, moving our stuff, preparing for a garage sale, trying to pay off debt, etc.), but we’re living by faith and letting the Lord direct our steps. Things seem to be falling into place with a little elbow grease, persistence, and “bigger-picture” vision.

This exciting news is one of the best things I’ve experienced, aside from the joy of our wedding day. We’re so happy to be taking steps into this phase of our life. Up until now, I would’ve told any one “I’ll be waiting as long as possible before we have a little one.” With the news that we are pregnant now, I’ve never felt more fulfilled, nor the time more right.