Let me begin this, my very first post, by giving thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His abundant blessings. Without Him, we would not be where we are today. Without Him, we would not be blessed to embark on this great adventure. To Him we give the glory!
As you may (or may not) already know, Craig and I cared for his elderly aunt, Ruth, in our home for two and a half years. Although Craig was retired, he still needed a break away from it all. Plus, he is a volunteer at heart. More specifically, young single mothers who have fallen on hard times. In spite of it all, we were VERY blessed to have found a couple of “angels” who relieved Craig for several hours during the week so he could continue his volunteering and to just get away from the stress. I was still working full time… four 10s. Having to crawl out of bed at 4:15A, leave the house at 5:15A, starting work at 6:00A, working straight through and leaving at 4:00P… 4 days a week… was difficult. REAL difficult. Especially at 60! At one point in time, I was blessed to have an awesome job, with an awesome boss, and awesome employees who I fondly referred to as “my boys”. Then, GE bought our company in May 2011 and, well, that is where the love story ended. Going to work was a chore and the ONLY way to make it through was, as I often say, I “put it on autopilot”! Then, one day, for no apparent reason, my “awesome boss” decided he wanted me to start working Mon-Fri, 8:00-5:00, knowing that my plate was full as a caregiver and my stress level was to the point I could not sleep at night. And, did I mentioned that my commute became much longer since we left “our” offices to move into GE’s offices? Matter of fact, my commute would have doubled, at best, and the added stress of driving in Houston traffic would have absolutely sent me over the edge!! When I inquired why he wanted to change my hours and put me right smack dab in the middle of traffic coming and going, he had no answer. I calmly walked back to my cube farm and suddenly realized, this was answered prayer! I went home and discussed the situation with Craig and we both came to the realization it was time for me to retire.
This was a very difficult period in all of our lives, yet we learned so much about ourselves, each other and, well, life itself. Sadly, on February 23, just 3 weeks after I retired, Aunt Ruth went home to be with the Lord. During those years of caregiving, Craig and I had very little time together. If we did, we were too tired to care. It was impossible to even attend church together. Luckily, our church had 3 Sunday sermons. I went to the first, I drove home and Craig drove to church during the second, and Craig attended the third sermon on Sunday mornings. We made the most of our overall situation, but it was by far the most exhausting thing we had EVER done! Now that it is just the two of us, we are learning how to live all over again. And live we will.
For years, we have been dreamers… dreaming of living in a house with wheels that will take us from the mountains… to the valleys… to the oceans white with foam. (Oh, sorry… got carried away!) We are going to explore and seek the beauty of this great land that God has made!! WHAT, you ask? Yes, our plan is to become full time RVers by the end of the year! We are already in the process of weeding through all of our worldly possessions which we will either sell (or donate to those in need), sell the townhouse, sell the house, purchase a truck and fifth wheel and head on down the road.
In closing, I would like to thank my family and loved ones who have encouraged us as we enter this stage in our lives. More specifically, my dearest mother, Billy, who has encouraged us to embark on this great adventure by giving us her blessing to fly and be free. You see, my family is very close knit. Unlike most families, we all (currently) still live in the same area. So, to break away from what has been my life-long “foundation” will be an experience in itself. And, mom, as you are reading this, Craig and I would like to invite you to join us on a road trip, hopefully adding one more accomplishment to your bucket list! WE LOVE YOU, and thank you for all your love, understanding, and encouragement!!!
We hope that all of you will join us vicariously through our blog as we begin… and continue… this great adventure we call living!