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Catching Up: Part Six

In my last "Catching Up" post, I left off with us on the road back to Nevada, after having spent six months in Texas during the summer of 2016. With something in tow...

Yep, we went from 3900 square feet to 400 square feet... We had been wanting to do full-time RV-ing for awhile now, and we thought this would be a great time to do it. We wanted to save some money for a year or two by not having a huge monthly mortgage, pay down some remaining debt, and then be able to live more financially free. While in Texas, they (the military) had said we would not be going back to Vegas, so since we would be going to a more temperate climate, we thought now would be the time to take the plunge into the life of a full-time RV family! And, we would just keep our things stored until we moved back into a house in a year or two.

Little did we know just how big of a BLESSING buying a RV would turn out to be! It provided us a home and all the necessities that we needed to survive with the yet unknown tragedy that awaited us in Las Vegas. What we did not yet know was that when we returned to Las Vegas, ALL of our belongings that had filled that big, beautiful home below would be gone. Everything in both storage units gone.for.ever. EVERYTHING. Leaving us with nothing, but what we had in our vehicles. At some point in the future, I may be able to say more, but as this point in time, we are unable to divulge any information, as we are in a corporate civil and criminal lawsuit with the facility that housed everything we owned.


After the initial trauma and devastation of discovering everything we owned in the world was gone, we threw ourselves into making the best of our new lives. First day of the second semester of school...kindergarten and first grade...while we wait in Las Vegas for the military to make up their mind on our next assignment...because now the assignment had changed for a second time...(insert eye roll)...

Just mama and Liberty in the RV all day (and Mickey and Minnie)...

Lots of outdoor time when you live in a RV...

Lots of family time...and slow living...

Trying on daddy's boots for size...

Lots of time at the RV park's playground to pass the evenings, before daddy gets home from work...

In March, we started homeschool with Kenley, and little sister loved to watch...

And, she got some solitary iPad time too, which was a real treat!

Note to all families considering RV life... Those blinds on the door are NOT for people with kids! haha Replace them as soon as possible!

Liberty helping mama wash dishes... Living in the RV provided lots of teachable moments for life skills, because some modern conveniences you just don't have when in a RV...like a dishwasher...

Friday night dinner and a movie with the family in the RV...

Yes, we were the crazy "young" family in the RV park, who let their kids have naked "pool" time in storage containers. :)

We LOVED RV life. It has a very steep learning curve, and a lot of adjustment. But, it is an entirely different mindset and approach to life. Simplicity. Family. Memories. Life done slowly and with intention. I miss it greatly!


In an unexpected twist of fate, we were eventually denied both initial assignment locations due to Caroline's medical needs. So, in frustration, and after being in limbo for 8 months waiting, we requested they allow us to remain in Vegas, as we already had established medical care and providers. They agreed, and this meant we now had to move to New Mexico for additional training for a different version of Jonathan's new airframe. It also meant that we would not be able to full-time RV, because there was nowhere for us to stay. And, we looked at ALL the options.

On the road to New Mexico, end of May 2017

The military base had graciously made an exception to their length of stay rules at the RV park, given our situation, but we would not be allowed to stay there permanently (for 3-4 years). Every other RV park in town was either "no children allowed" for 55 and older, or the rent was astronomical - some of them $2100/monthly for a RV space that did not include utilities! And, unfortunately, the area does not allow for a simple "I'll just purchase a few acres, and we will park it on the land." The properties that we looked at that were close enough to the base and town to allow for Jonathan's commute and Caroline's medical appointments and therapies were so exorbitantly priced, that we would be out as much, or more, as if we had bought a house in a neighborhood. So...now, we had to unexpectedly sell the RV and rearrange all of our plans...again.


I still continued medical treatment for Lyme Disease. It was a rough year so far.


XO

Stephanie



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