Where in the US are we now? Plus BIG News!

We have been traveling in our 5th wheel for 7 months now, touring the US.  [more about that in a post to come soon!] We have had so many questions from friends, family and fellow travelers as to where we are and what will be next for our family. 

So…. where in the US are we are now?

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We have been in Arizona for the past 3 months enjoying good weather and Clark’s brother and family.  Our original plan was to continue moving to the East Coast this month.  But our plans have changed!

While we have been here, my husband has been working with his brother at his RV business and he was offered the chance to stay. Clark loves it here with his brother and I love the warmer weather and the sun for sure. In working out just what that job would mean, we had to make the decision to stay here during the busy sales months.

After much prayer …..

We are officially moving to Arizona!

After living in and traveling in a small space, we are excited about settling into a house again.  This is a BIG change for all of us, especially the boys.  I appreciate everyone’s prayers for us in the transition. 

I will keep you updated when we find a place!

xoxo,

Claire

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4 Nights of Boondocking!

So as you know, we left Oregon for a year of US travel in our 5th wheel.  You can read our story HERE if you missed it.  By now you either think we are crazy or adventurous.  lol  Some days I think we are both!  Our first stop was Lynnwood, WA to visit family for the weekend before heading to Dallas, TX for a business conference.

Here is a picture of the boys with their cousins.

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They were inseparable the whole weekend. 

From WA we went to Silverwood, Idaho for a day of FUN at the waterpark.

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Then we had 4 days to get to Dallas! 

Lots of driving and pulling over to boondock and sleep before getting up and doing it all over the next day.

For those that do not know, boondocking is parking your rv anywhere for the night.  Not in a campground.  Most rigs are set up with enough water and battery power to be fully used for at least a couple of days.  Walmarts are well known for this because they graciously allow you to park in their parking lots all night for free.

Here is our first night boondocking.  We also have a generator to run the AC. 

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The boys are totally ‘wired’ in the back for entertainment.

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Taking a much needed nap.  Clark drove 2000 miles!

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We did finally make it to Dallas and checked into an RV resort for the week.  So nice to stay in one spot for awhile!  The kids have really been enjoying the pool!

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To follow us and our travels, find us at weerv.com and on our weerv FACEBOOK.

We would love to see you over there!

What about you?  Have you ever boondocked before?  Do you take vacations and/or travel in an rv or trailer?

Have a great day!

Claire

Sneak Peak

We have been in the process of downsizing and getting out on the road!  You can read our DREAM story to catch up.  We did make it out July 6th and are in Washington visiting family for the weekend.  I have soooo much to tell you, but time is short today.  I wanted to write a quick little update for you all though!

I have been taking a TON of pictures and a few videos, too.  Cannot wait to share it all with you.

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Here area a few ‘sneak peak’ pictures.  Enjoy!!

I am going to miss seeing my beautiful flowers in my yard.

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The boys were a HUGE help.  Here is Caden shredding paper for us.

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Connor helped with yard work.

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Carter and Caden sorted legos.  We only had room to bring 1/3 of them.  The rest went in storage.

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We are off to Idaho now. 

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Have a great day!

Claire

Our Family Dream

Our family has a dream.  We actually did not know we had this dream until last year!  In fact, we had lost the ability to dream.

You can read HERE my story before the big dream.

About a year and a half ago, my hubby and I were quite burned out.  My husbands ministry job involved working with youth.  While it was a JOY to serve in this way, we found ourselves drained over the constant brokenness of families and children.  Soooo many hurts to counsel and pray for.  During those years we also had a few hardships in our family, too.  I was ill after each child I gave birth to; the third one being cancer.  We went through many trials (and blessings) with a foster son.  My husband completed his Masters degree while working full time and being a husband and father. Like so many others, our church had to downsize in staffing which resulted in even more responsibility for my husband.   All that mixed together led us to burnout, only it took a little while to recognize that we were not really engaged with life. 

So, we found ourselves praying, as we have each year in ministry, for God’s calling in ministry for the next year.  It was the FIRST time in 16 years that my husband heard that our time was up.  That brought on a bit of fear, nervousness and….excitement.  Because at the same time, we had discovered a spark of dreaming again to the possibilities of how God could use us.  You know what that was??  RVing.  Yep.  Like in a 5th wheel. 

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This is a picture of our truck and trailer from last summer.  We went camping two or three times a year.  We will need a much bigger rig to full-time in so we sold this combo. 

Here is a picture of our new 5th Wheel.  It’s a 35 ft Jayco with 3 slides and it is perfect for us!

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We discovered we both had a passion to minimize our stuff, our life, our distractions and explore together as a family the US.  Our boys are growing up.  Like too fast!  My oldest is 15 and every time I realize how short our time is with him until he leaves for college, my heart stops.  It is our hearts desire to create a whole year with our kids, learning American History, serving, loving and learning about people, and most of all enjoying our family.  This will be a time for us to ‘fill our empty tanks’ and soak in each other, our Lord, family and friends around the country and hear where God directs us next.  

Our projected leave date is July 5, 2012 and our hope is to travel for one year.

{We are currently on the road!  You can stay in touch through our facebook page, WEERV}

Right now, we are called to be husband and wife, mom and dad.  We are so grateful for this opportunity to live a Dream most people only ..well…dream about.

What about you?  Are you living your dream?  Do you have any dreams that you have put aside?  Or maybe, like us, you don’t even know if you have any dreams anymore?  Let me know in the comments below.

Claire

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