Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Today was a day we’ve been looking forward to for a long time! We ventured out to Mackinac Island by ferry. This island is so unique as there are no motorized vehicles allowed so everyone gets around by bicycle or horse taxis. We just happened to land there during the Lilac Festival and were surprised by a parade upon arrival. That meant our carriage tour that we prepaid was not going to happen, but we made the best of it. And totally fell in love with this place!

2019-06-18T22:37:49-05:00June 18th, 2019|RV Life|

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to this guy. While so many of our photos share our adventures, some of my most beautiful and cherished memories with him happen in this space. Him behind the wheel, us talking, laughing, dancing. We spend a lot of time sitting next to each other here and I never want to forget it. He’s my best friend and an incredible dad to our kids. And we are so blessed to have him.

2019-06-18T22:27:40-05:00June 18th, 2019|RV Life|

Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinac Bridge, with Lake Huron on one side and Lake Michigan on the other, connects the upper peninsula to lower Michigan. I’ve lost count how many times we’ve driven over it already. But tonight was the most beautiful jump across we’ve had yet. Tomorrow, we get to go under it.

2019-06-18T21:51:31-05:00June 18th, 2019|RV Life|

It starts with just one post.

I wish that I would have continued to blog when we transitioned to fulltime RV life.  My blog used to be my space and it was so important to me.  Somewhere in all of this, I lost that.  I had to actually scroll way back to see when my last non-video blog post was.  Why I stopped blogging is….complicated.  Layered, I would guess you could say.  Obviously, selling the house and 90% of our stuff, changing every single thing about our lives was overwhelming and writing fell at the end of a very long list.  Especially in our quest to simplify.  Oh how I wish those thoughts and memories were documented.  It was an incredible, hard, beautiful, transformative, time for me and our entire family.  But it was also a very difficult time.  My PPD and PTSD were at an all time high.  I was overwhelmed, triggered easily, struggling with basic daily functions.  Every ounce of energy had to go in to healing and feeling ok again.  Somehow, through the birth trauma and depression, I lost my voice.  I couldn’t speak about what happened to me, or to us as a family.  It was too painful.  I struggle with that even now, two years later.  As much as I wish I’d blogged our first year of travel, I know deep down that it wasn’t even an option.  I’d lost my voice.  I wasn’t capable of being open enough for that.  The pain, the trauma, was too big, it took up too much space around me.  I guess that’s why we turned to videos and youtube.  I could easily capture the year without have to say much of anything within that space.  I’m so thankful for the videos we have created.  Photos and video don’t tell the whole story.  Did we have an incredible year on the road, YES.  Did we go on adventures and make memories, YES.  Did I have really hard days and weeks, YES.  But those don’t get captured or talked about.  The good times are real and beautiful, they aren’t a lie, they just aren’t the whole story.

Am I ready to talk about the trauma?  No, I don’t think so.  But I am ready to test out the waters when it comes to writing in this space again.  It feels big for me to step out and test that voice after being quiet for two years.  PPD lies.  It told me to be quiet, that my thoughts aren’t valid, that no one listens, no one cares.  It told me the world would be better without me.  That I was alone in my pain, that no one could understand, that I was worthless.  And when you believe those things down to your very core, there isn’t much to say.  I’m fighting that now.  And it starts with just one post.

2019-06-20T12:15:11-05:00June 17th, 2019|RV Life, Birth Trauma, PPD, PTSD|

Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg Address | Full time RV Travel Family

Follow along as we venture to Gettysburg National Military Park. It wasn’t our most favorite National Park, the rangers were cranky, the movie and museum were expensive and it was raining….but we learned a lot! And Jude provides the voice over reciting The Gettysburg Address, so it was a roadschool win! Season 2, Episode 20

2019-06-14T21:42:49-05:00June 14th, 2019|My Family, RV Life, Youtube Videos|
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