Our story!

For several years now I have had the urge to travel which has been a dream of mine before marriage and children. My husband was never keen on the idea until one afternoon in 2016 he said, "let's do this!" The next day I began to sell, donate and give away items from my home. He was a bit shocked when he got home from work. I immediately called a realtor and our home sold within 24 hours for more than we were asking. I had sold, donated and given away EVERYTHING so that the day we moved we didn't even need a truck. We were able to drive away with everything we had left in both our vehicles. We moved to a smaller place directly across from the beach to enjoy the sunrise and sunsets for the following year before taking off to travel full time!

Control (Retirement Planning)

Written 8/25/2016 as we were making plans to retire by 2018:
My husband and myself are control freaks in every way. We have raised kids who are also control freaks and they have raised kids who are "perfect!" Of course, what were you expecting me to say? I see them through "grandma" glasses! Actually, everyone is controlling to one extent or the other. The only difference is those who will admit it and those who won't. It's been this way since the beginning of time - just ask Eve!

Every day I try to control my plans, my routine, myself, etc. Some days I manage and most days something else controls my circumstances. Illness, family, friends, work....you get it. Happens to all of us. My husband leaves for work with a smile on his face and the day can go to hell in a hand basket before lunch. 

So what are two control freaks thinking when they are considering a "vagabond" & traveling life existence? When we were young we wanted to change the world. At our age we have learned that we can't even change ourselves much less the world. We have just decided to stop trying to control anything or anyone around us and just enjoy! Enjoy the differences and enjoy the journey....I love this quote by Pastor Tullian: The bad news is we are weaker and worse than we think we are - the good news is that Jesus is stronger and better than we could ever hope or imagine.

I took this picture at Dreher Park Zoo while visiting with my grandkids.

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