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Our Wish for Your New Year…

If there’s anything I’ve learned from our travels in 2015, it’s this… that the best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way.

This last year we took our dream trip traveling cross country by RV to be a part of wheat harvest and to visit with family that lives in the northwest. This was a big first for us as in the past 11 years we have always flown. It was an amazing experience that stretched us financially, emotionally, and physically — and most of all taught our children that we can trust in Jehovah God.

We attempted the trip actually three times in the same year — even having to turn back from St Louis at one point and return home due to things going on with my husband’s job as it went thru a transition.

We learned a lot about relationships. We reconnected with some, were blessed by those friendships sending us off and reminded of what love really is, probably let some people down because we couldn’t always do what we hoped to do or because we were away for a long time, and we met some great people along the way. This blog will share that journey as we recap and prepare for our next trip.

Wishing you a Happy New Year full of new adventures and the people you love... Erin & Jes and our tribe
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Most of all, we grew stronger as a family. I thought we were close before, but when your sitting in close-proximity with 7 people for 5 days straight and experience stressful driving conditions in the midst of all that, well, you learn just how much you can do as a family! lol

So, lots to share with you and if you’re thinking about taking a trip this year — I hope you pursue that dream. Make it a goal and put everything you’ve got into it. I don’t miss the things we sold and the sacrifices we made to take our trip, but the things I do remember are moment after moment watching my children grow in love for the people we love and their wide-eyed excitement about exploring this amazing world God has created for us.

I look forward to you journeying with us thru this blog in 2016… Happy New Year!

Erin

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So you don’t think you have enough money to travel…

Quote by Graham Cooke
Our boys exploring the gentle giants — Redwood trees in Northern California — something that has long been a dream of ours to experience.

When you have a dream and chase it, you say no to the things that you might want now in order to experience what you want later.

When everyone is at a movie opening night, you wait to watch that movie until Apple has a digital rental for $4.99.

When others are eating out, you’re eating at home and fixing dinner even though you’re tired and don’t feel like it.

When others get a fancy latte concoction at the local coffee bar, you’re brewing a pot at home.

When others go out for ice cream at the ice cream shop, you go to the grocery store and buy what’s on sale and have a sundae party at home.

When others are upgrading their phone to the latest technology release, you say to yourself, “My phone is just fine – thankful it works” and avoid the Best Buy or the Apple Store.

When others are getting a new car (or new used car), you take care of the one you have and remain thankful she still carries you where you need to go and throw some duct tape on that seat that’s starting to tear from use.

When others go to the nail salon to get a mani-pedi, you pull out your nail clippers and nail polish and give yourself your own mani-pedi.

You clip coupons and look for deals when you have the time to do so.

You don’t run into town whenever you need something, but instead make purposeful trips and stock-up.

You cancel that outrageous Cable/Satilite contract, buy an Apple TV and Netflix membership and your annual cost goes from $1,800 (estimating an average bill of about $150 a month) down to roughly $200 only annually.

Delayed gratification. It’s tough. It’s no fun. It’s doesn’t earn you popularity points on Facebook. But that’s OK, ’cause you’re on a mission to make a dream into a reality.

But when you say “no” to the things that bring pleasure now so you can say “yes” to experiencing something you’ve always wanted, well — there are no words to describe how that moment feels when you reach that goal. Simply amazing.

Want to travel, but you don’t think you can afford it? It’s like Mr Cooke says, “… you must be prepared to do things you’ve never done before.”

Now go chase that dream!

Dream Big! You can do it!

12 ways to light up your RV this holiday season

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some lights! Here’s our list of 12 great lights for decking the halls (er, or should I saw awning) of your RV this holiday season while at the same time, keeping your travels lite:

12. Super Bright Rope lighting is always a great option for sprucing up your site with lights and the plus side of it is it can be used throughout the year! Just take your rope light and put around the base of your RV when you set up camp and you have instant light at night around your RV to keep from tripping up and down stairs and locating things in the campground. This super bright LED version runs 150′ and they come in a variety of color options.
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11. Innoo Tech’s Chuzzle Ball (each ball is 2.6 cm wide) string of 20-LED lights. They look like spiky little pom-poms and would be super cute in an outdoor plant or fairy garden. Pluses: + LED + waterproof + solar charged. Perfect!

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They also come in red!

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10. A star that shone a spotlight and the most amazing birth ever can be remembered with this Sunniemart Solar Powered 30-LED Star string of lights. Pluses: + LED + waterproof + solar charged + can be hung for Fourth of July as well.

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9. If you want to have more of an icicle look, the Hikong Star LED Light Curtain might fit your fancy.

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8. Note, you might want to keept this River’s Edge American Flag Light Set in mind for the Fourth of July as well!)
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7. If you’re missing snow, maybe this adorable string of 20-Snowman Lights will cheer you!

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6. We love these Pink Flamingo and Palm Tree string of lights will remind you of warm sunny beaches and tasty margaritas. What better way to celebrate the holidays than to string up a fun set – a great gift idea for the new retiree!

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5. Light in the Box Explosion Ball String of Lights are funky and fun!

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4. We love the beach, so I could totally see us stringing up these fun Amscan Shell string of lights and doing a whole beach them while camping at the beach with our travel trailer.
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3. This set of White Jasmine string of lights are so pretty that I might hang them all year long as a night light inside the trailer!

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2. My guys like to fish, so I could totally see us stringing up the River’s Edge Bass String Lights.

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1. The 2-Color Lazer Landscap Projector Light with Remote is number one on our holiday light wish list this year! This single light can project thousands of beams up to a hundreds of fee to illuminate your RV, nearby trees, landscaping etc. Takes low voltage and is easy to put up and take down!

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