This moment in time…

A journal of our travels and how we arrived at this moment in time!

Catching up…

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Well, today is a new day… and a glorious one, I might add!  Since I just recently created this journal (05/09/14), I have a lot of catching up to do.  This particular post will be lengthy, so just pretend you are reading daily journal entries as I have them dated.  I will begin journaling where we began this chapter of our great adventure (the oldest entries, first) and continue to the most recent at the bottom (the newest).  Once I have caught up, the most recent journal entry will always appear on top.  That being said, here we go!

Wednesday, April 23

In May/June of last year, Craig and I took our chances (as caregivers) and signed up for a Spring 2014 RV rally that Howard and Linda Payne of RV-Dreams.com was to host in Sevierville, TN.  Under the circumstances, we were not sure if we would be able to make it, but we took our chances nevertheless.  Well, the time finally arrived and because it is now just me and Craig, today we took off driving for Sevierville.  We wanted to make this a “road trip” instead of flying and, boy, are we glad we did!  I did most of the driving and realized that, for most of the way, I actually had a smile on my face!  After all, this was the very first trip for us in quite some time as retirees with no outside responsibilities or obligations.  Ah… freedom at last!  (Not sure I’ll ever be able to wrap my head around the fact that I AM RETIRED!!)  After driving nearly 10 hours, we got as far as Meridian, MS and stayed overnight at a Drury Inn.  We love Drury Inns because the stay includes a tasty dinner and 3 drinks each, as well as breakfast.  And, did I say always very clean and reasonably priced?  Craig and I like to say, “They almost pay us to stay there!”

Thursday, April 24

Today we awoke, had breakfast, and hit the road again.  Early in the day we passed through Alabama…

Alabama Rest Area

Alabama Rest Area

… and a little later, Kentucky!

Kentucky welcomes us!

We stopped at the Kentucky Welcome Center to have a quick lunch.

Lunchtime!

Lunchtime!

Finally, we made it to Sevierville, TN around 4:30P where our cabin was awaiting us at the River Plantation RV Park.  It had 2-stories and with two beds upstairs, and a bedroom, bathroom, living area, and kitchen downstairs.

In a cabin in the woods...

In a cabin in the woods…

Pigeon Forge (can you say “home of Dolly Pardon” and “Dollywood”?) was just up the road a piece!  Craig and I had some down time for a few days which was nice.  Today is where the (unofficial) activities begin!

We learned via the online forum we follow at RV-Dreams.com that there would be a campfire for those arriving early.  Backing up a bit, last year when Howard and Linda hosted a boondocking rally, we were not able to attend, so we were bummed.  For those of you who are not familiar with the term “boondocking”, it is camping without water, electric, or sewer.  So, I e-mailed Howard and asked him if he would put out a couple of chairs for me and Craig and save a place for us.  Well, much to my surprise, he did.  He posted a photo in his daily journal (that we follow) of two lawn chairs with our names on them, and a small table in-between with a beer on it.  When I saw it… I cried!  So, tonight when we arrived at the campfire, we had the honor and privilege of meeting Howard and Linda in person… finally.  This was just the start of meeting new like-minded friends!  The smoke was a little overwhelming, but here is a photo of the campfire.

Sing around the campfire...

Sing around the campfire…

Friday, April 25

Today we pretty much just ran errands, fueling up the car and picking up some groceries for the duration of the rally… and then some.  We were set to go!  We also visited a local knife store, but it ended up being just another tourist trap!  Oh, well.  Should have known!

Saturday, April 26

We started out the day with breakfast at Flapjack’s just up the hill from our cabin.  Although steep, we decided to make the hike.  Believe it or not, but we made it without any serious issues.  Now, that’s encouraging!!  Coming down, of course, was much easier!

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On the descent…

A short while later, we decided to go exploring.  The RV park we were staying in was located somewhat at the foot of the Smokey Mountains.  We soon departed Sevierville and headed through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg, TN.  After parking, we walked up and down part of the main strip and just enjoyed the people and the view.  (Can you say “Vegas”?)

Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg, TN

It was a gorgeous day! We even took the Gatlinburg Ski Lift up the mountain which was a HUGE feat for me.

Ski Lift in Gatlinburg, TN

Ski Lift in Gatlinburg, TN

If you know me, I am scared to death of heights.  Well, my main man put his arm around me tight, I pointed my toes toward the sky (for fear of losing my flip-flops!), and we not only made it to the top, but we also made it back down to the bottom safely!

Petrified and toes to the sky...

Petrified and toes to the sky…

I really did not look around much while we were in the lift nor did I dare move, but once we arrived at the top, the view was beautiful!  Oh… is this just the beginning of great things to come?

After exiting the ski lift, and as we were lollygagging along, we came upon a shopping area with an open-air mall.  Inside this mall was a stage and the visitor area was filled with wooden rocking chairs for the passers-by.  On stage were musicians playing blue grass music.  THIS is what I wanted to hear… rockabilly music!  And here it was… FREE… for as long as we wanted to stay and listen!  We sat for quite some time and enjoyed two different bands, all the while tapping our toes and clapping our hands… with a smile on our face, of course!  Both bands were very good and we enjoyed the entertainment IMMENSELY!  There were even two old timers in their red outfits and tap shoes, dancing to the music.  Quite entertaining.  You just don’t see this every day.  What fun!!!  (Sorry, but I am new to this blogging thing and have not yet taught myself how to post a video!) LOL!

After eating popcorn and a pretzel and listening to such great music, the day was drawing nigh.  It was time to drive back through the beautilful national park.  Our cabin was calling our names!

Sunday, April 27

On Sunday, we had burgers at Five Guys with new friends and fellow Texans, Red and Pam, who were able to attend the rally only because of a last-minute cancellation.  We are so glad we got to meet them as Red is a frequent poster on the RV-Dreams forum and always has much-appreciated information to offer up to us newbies, and the other members as well.

Pam & Red ("El Rojo") - Fellow Texans

Pam & Red (“El Rojo”) – Fellow Texans

We finished off the day by picking up some firewood for this evening’s campfire with the early bird arrivals.

Monday, April 28

Today we did not do much of anything as we were in constant contact with new friends and fellow RV dreamers, Debbie and Steve, as we tracked their travels from California.

Debbie & Steve

Debbie & Steve

They missed their very early flight in California by about 2 minutes, and it was all downhill from there.  After finally landing in Tennesse, they will had about a 3-hour drive to the RV park.  What did not help was the fact that the weather forecast was not pretty all over the region and there were concerns about the inclement weather, not to mention tornado warnings.  Well, I’m happy to report, they did pass through some bad weather and areas of tornado warnings, but they finally arrived safely around midnight.  Whew!  Glad that is over with!

Tuesday, April 29

Today is the first day of the rally, with sign-in from 3:00-5:00P.  This is where it all begins, meeting birds of a feather, and finally meeting those with whom we have corresponded with over time, yet have never met.  There are so many new fulltimers joining the ranks this year that we decided to create the Class of 2014.  Below are photos of some of our penpals, and now friends… the Class of 2014!

Tracey & Lee

Tracey & Lee

Kelly & Bill

Kelly & Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry & Jesse

Sherry & Jesse

Bill & Linda - Our Mentors Linda is hiding behind Bill :) (Sorry, Linda. I never got a photo of you both!!)

Bill & Linda – Our Mentors
Linda is hiding behind Bill 🙂
(Sorry, Linda. I never got a photo of you both!!)

Sue & Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Photo Class of 2014

Group Photo
Class of 2014

There were so many others I cannot possibly post them all, but it goes without saying… so nice to meet everyone!!!

Wednesday – Friday, April 30 – May 2

During these three days, Howard and Linda presented very intense and very information day-long classes on everything one needs to know about RVing… and then some!  Thanks, Howard and Linda!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I have been researching the RV lifestyle for about 3 years, I had already learned a ton of information.  However, I still learned quite a bit at this rally and this was also a time of learning for Craig, especially.  Needless to say, he learned a lot of useful information that I am sure he has stored away in his memory bank… somewhere!

Saturday, May 3

Today was the last day of classes, but not the last day of the rally.  After a couple of classes, we had the remainder of the day to fill with “open house”.  Many RVers with rigs who attended the rally opened up their “homes” to view.  It was very interesting to see how others live in their rig.  Keep in mind, most of these people actually do live in their rigs and if they don’t already, they will be in the not-too-distant future!

After a short nap, we attended this evening’s “closing ceremony”.  Today is Derby Day in Kentucky (where Howard and Linda are from), so the theme was… Derby Night and we actually watched the race on the overhead TV during a catered dinner.

Dinner at the races!

Dinner at the races!

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We were encouraged to make our own derby hats to wear to the Derby Party.  Some did not need much encouragement… at all, and they were ‘judged’ by the crowd.

Derby Hat Contest

Derby Hat Contest

And Craig even got in on the action!

Two feathers in his cap...

Two feathers in his cap…

By the way, there were about 175 RVers at this rally!  On a previous evening, we placed our donations by drawing horses.  Long story short, Craig did win… but not overall!  Hey, a $20.00 pay-back never hurt anyone!  After the race and dinner, we danced to the tunes of a local DJ.  A very good time was had by all!

Sunday, May 4

Well today is the final day of the rally.  After a catered breakfast, Howard and Linda bid us a fond farewell and sent us off with a very appropriate tune by Rascal Flatts… My Wish.

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin’ till you find the window,
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile, But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish. I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God’s grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take. But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish. My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish. This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big
–Rascal Flatts–

And so, after many hugs and handshakes… and tears, we are off on another adventure of a lifetime!

After our farewells, another full day of driving was ahead of us.  What a beautiful country this is!

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I saw so many things for the very first time.  Incredible!  We made it as far as Indianapolis, IN where we overnighted at… you guessed it… another Drury Inn!

Monday, May 5

After another good night’s sleep, we rose early and departed the hotel at 8:10A.  Another fairly long day of driving and seeing new things.  Somewhere along the way, we crossed over the Ohio River.

Bridge to somewhere...

Bridge to somewhere…

Here’s something I have never seen in real life…

Our very first sighting of an Amish horse and buggy hitched up!

Our very first sighting of an Amish horse and buggy hitched up!

The above photo was my very first sighting of an Amish horse and buggy.  We saw many more along the way.

And the race is on... These guys are fast!

And the race is on…
These guys are fast!

We were warned that there is horse poop all along the roadsides and, boy, they weren’t kidding!  The “scent” was in the air everywhere!  Not too bad, though.  Reminded me of yesteryear when I was around horses all the time and rode barrels in the rodeo.  Ahhhh!

Amish country…

Amish Countryside

Amish Countryside

And if you do your own lawn, I’ll bet you wish you had these little guys to help…

Yard work, anyone?

Yard work, anyone?

After experiencing many new things and seeing new countryside, we rolled into Middlebury, IN around mid-afternoon.  We had done our research online and our lodging came down to one place, and this place was also recommended by a fellow RVer (thank you, Bill!) who knows this neck of the woods.  We booked 2 nights at Das Essenhaus Inn.  WOW!  Were we in for a treat!  Take a look at the place…

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And horse-drawn carriage rides were offered for a mere $5.00 per person throughout the beautiful grounds.

Horse and buggy tour traverses the beautiful hotel grounds.

Horse and buggy tour traverses the beautiful hotel grounds.

And we even saw buggies large enough for the entire family!

Family Style

Family Style

How did we end up in Middlebury, IN, you ask?  Well, as soon as our house sells, we are going to order an RV (fifth wheel) and thought it would be a good idea to go to the factory to see how they’re made!

Tuesday, May 6

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day!  Chilly, but gorgeous.  We had our usual morning coffee and a bite to eat at the hotel before heading out.  While in Middlebury, we thought it would behoove us to do our “homework” and visit Lambright Comfort Chairs located outside the city in the beautiful countryside.  In case you have never heard of them, Lambright is an Amish company who has been customizing handcrafted RV/Marine furniture for over 20 years.  If the Amish made it… you know it’s gotta be good!  So many RVers have complained about the furniture that comes in an RV and many are replacing it with much better quality (and comfy) furniture.  So, that is just what we plan to do.  Just seems to make sense.  When the time comes to order our fifth wheel, we will order it without the two recliners, sofa, and bed.  We have not yet quite finalized our decision as to what furniture to buy at Lambright, but we are considering two wall-away recliners (for sure!) and maybe a sofa (I like laying on it to watch TV or nap), or maybe a love seat instead of a sofa, or maybe even two other chairs that swivel and rock (instead of recline), or…  You get the picture. Here is the style we have definitely decided on.

Ahhh... pure comfort!

Ahhh… pure comfort!

As far as our bed, we plan to bring along our Sleep Number bed that we just love.  But, as far as the living room furniture, we are confused about how to configure it, but will figure it out.  The young Amish man who assisted us was quite helpful and informative and gave us some great ideas.  While we were there, he wrote out an order sheet to nail down what we need to order when the time comes.  All we have to do is call them to place our order, giving them 3-4 weeks notice prior to picking it up.  So, we might just need to settle for bean bag chairs (LOL!) until our fifth wheel is delivered and we travel back to Middlebury, IN to pick up our Amish furniture.  They will even install the furniture in our RV for us.  So, that was exciting and we can’t wait until it all actually happens!

After leaving Lambright, we stopped at the one fast food joint we saw, Subway.  It was located in one of those combo food/gas stations.  I had to chuckle to myself when we drove up and saw horse and buggies hitched up in their designated hitching post on the property.  It’s just something we are not accustomed to seeing.

We had an appointment at 2:00 for a 3-hour factory tour with Chris Grathen at the Evergreen facility.  Evergreen manufactures our fifth wheel of choice, Lifestyle Luxury RVs.  We arrived at 1:30 and after all the formalities, Chris took us in the back to begin our tour.  Today was our lucky day… it was just me and Craig on the tour.  We felt like celebrities!  Chris was very friendly and was extremely patient with us as we were loaded with many questions.  This was also our chance to walk through various models of the brand we like and view, first hand, what we want to order when the time comes. We walked in and out and around and through several different units… and then repeated!  This was also the perfect opportunity to see the various colors/decor offered and we were able to choose what we wanted for future reference.  Over the years I have done so much research on various units (especially those built for fulltiming) that I was certain I knew what I wanted.  Craig liked the unit I had chosen, as well.  However, by the time our tour had come to a close, our minds were changed.  In case you are interested, we have chosen the Luxury Lifestyle LS38RS model.  While I had to give up a small portion of my kitchen, there were advantages.  In exchange, we gained a ton of cabinet space as well as a 2-door pantry.  Additionally, we will have a full size shower (as opposed to a corner shower), a full 4-5 shelf linen closet in the bedroom, more space to walk around the king bed, and an additional 6″ overall length.  Last, but not least, the basement is twice the size as the previous unit we just thought we wanted.  Having a place to carry our stuff is important in such a small home.  We will even have a stackable washer/dryer for added convenience!  Overall, we are quite happy with this unit and cannot wait for the day we are happy and proud owners!  Here is a preview of our future home on wheels!

Backing up a bit, most RVs are ordered directly from the factory only when an order is placed by a buyer.  Any inventory sitting on a dealers lot is not in their best interest.  Makes perfect sense.  Consequently, it has been difficult for us to see and know what to buy unless, of course, we visited the factory!  At the conclusion of our tour, Chris was happy to sit down with us and write out an “order” sheet.  With this information in hand, there is a method to my madness.  I will use it to ‘pit’ dealer against dealer via e-mail until we are able to arrive at a price Craig and I are both comfortable with.  This way, there is no face-to-face time wasted sitting in a dealers office all day haggling!  Got it?

We were all done by 5:00P and feeling much better about things overall.  Our new RV buddies, and mentors, Bill and Linda, were in town having some work done on the new RV they recently had built and picked up just a couple of days prior to the rally.  We made contact and decided to meet up with them for dinner.  It was a lovely dinner and the company was excellent.  Bill and Linda, we can’t THANK YOU enough for taking us under your wings and sharing your knowledge with us newbies.  We will be forever grateful for your kindness and friendship!

After hugs and good-byes, we retreated to our room for the night.  Whew!  The last few days/weeks have certainly been a whirlwind, and we’re not ready to throw in the towel, yet!

Wednesday, May 7

Today we began our journey back toward Texas.  Not straight through, of course!  Instead of interstate, we decided to take the back roads to experience as much of the countryside and its occupants as we could.  After all, just how much can you see from the interstate, anyway?  It seemed as though we kept going in circles.  At least the GPS was always pointing to the right.

Tonight, we returned back to another Drury Inn, but this time the stopover was in Evansville, IN.  Again, no disappointment here!  Had a nice dinner, drinks, popcorn, a good night’s sleep in a very clean place.  Sweet!

Thursday, May 8

Today was another long day of driving.  I drove nearly the entire way until I felt like I needed a break.  It was an extremely windy day.  (Truthfully, I like my driving better, but don’t tell him!)  After, well, more hours than it should have taken, we finally arrived in Hot Springs, AR.  Geez, what a beautiful place this is!  The people here are quite nice, and some even approached us when they saw our license plate said TEXAS.  At one point we had stopped at a store and the window on the passenger’s side was rolled down about 4″.  A lady approached the car and asked where in Texas we are from.  I told her “Houston”.  She wished us safe travels and said she hoped we were enjoying Arkansas.  I told her we were… especially since this is home of “the Huckster”.  She immediately bowed up, turned around and went to her car.  I shouted out, “Sorry to have ruined your day!”  She said, “You did!”  Oh, well.  Stuff happens!  🙂

Tonight we stayed at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Hot Springs, AR.  Even though this hotel had a beautiful view of a serene lake…

View From The Room

View From The Room

 

and it won some kind of TripAdvisor award in 2013, it was a dump!

We always use TripAdvisor and it, with the exception of one other place, has never done us wrong.  Well, make this a second time!  That’s what I get for looking at 2013 stats instead of 2014!  When you walk into a hotel room and the scent of “potpourri” is overwhelming, there’s a reason for that!  And the TV was even hit-n-miss!  We couldn’t wait to get outta there!  Onward!

After another full day of travel, and after eating snacks, junk food, etc., we decided to go out to a nice dinner.  Recommended by the hotel staff (this was before we saw our room), we drove a short distance to the Bleu Monkey Grill.  The food was pretty, and it wasn’t too bad.  It could have been as bad as our room!

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Bleu Monkey Special

Bleu Monkey Special

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 9

On the way to Hot Springs I noticed a sign on the roadway for Lake Catherine State Park.  I have seen many signs for state parks along our journey and was always curious what the state parks in Arkansas are like.  Well, after pouring out of that crappy hotel we were in, we decided at the last minute to go check out Lake Catherine State Park.  Ahhhhh… what a pleasant surprise!  This place is awesome!  We kept repeating to ourselves, “If only we had known about this place, we would have stayed here last night!”  We asked if we could drive through and were graciously allowed to do so.  While driving through this beautiful and serene park, we made a spur-of-the-moment decision to extend our road trip and stay here.  The only restriction, however, was that if you rent a cabin here on a Friday night, you must stay Saturday night as well.  Oh, no issue for us!  This park offers fully furnished cabins, right on the lake, with everything you could want… a screened-in porch the entire length of the cabin, living room with fireplace, kitchen with microwave/oven/refrigerator/freezer, dining table and chairs, bedroom, linens, our own private fishing pier… the whole magoola.  The previous guests had not yet left, so we went into a nearby town, filled up the car, and bought a few more groceries.  While running our errands, and in no time at all, the front desk called to say our cabin was ready.  I can’t remember the last time I saw Craig so excited as he was to find this place and know that I, too, was more than willing to stay a couple more nights before heading home.  (Did I say we’re not ready to go home?)  So, needless to say, it was a win, win, win all the way around!  I just love how life happens!  Sooo good.  We are blessed!  Best sleep we’ve had in 2 weeks!!  Here are some pics of our hidden treasure!

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Saturday, May 10

Craig was up early, as usual, and I slept in a tad.  Not much.  Just a tad.  We have not done much at all today except Craig has read and napped, and I have been creating (for the very first time) and updating this blog practically since we arrived!  (Oh, we did fish a little yesterday.  Well, we tried!)  I cannot put into words how peaceful and relaxing this is, and we are both as happy as two clams in a shell!  Soon, I must pry this computer out of my hands, remove myself from this comfy lawn chair, give up this, oh, so peaceful setting so we can pack up, once again, and continue this, our journey, early in the morning.  I don’t want this to end!!  Will someone just pinch me, please?

Sunday, May 11

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Well, it’s time for our final trek back to Texas.  We packed up most everything last night so we could get an early start.  We were on the road by 7:15A.  I drove the entire way and we arrived home around 3:40P.  The drive was uneventful and the scenery was not quite as grand as it had been over the past 2+ weeks.  We took 59 South practically the entire way and if you know anything about 59, you know why.

Unfortunately, we are not able to spend Mothers Day with my mom (our only surviving parent) because we were in our little cabin in the woods at Lake Catherine State Park and traveling home.  I did call her, though, to wish her a wonderful day and tell her I LOVE HER!  In her usual fashion, she insisted we not feel bad about missing this special day with her.  You see, she is so stoked about us living our dream that her encouragement is probably the one thing that has actually given me the courage to pull up roots and live our dream.  Mom, you just don’t know how much this means to me!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT, AND JUST BEING WHO YOU ARE!!!  You rock!

 IN CONCLUSION…

Whew!  That was long-winded!!  Thank you for spending time with us as we prepare to fulfill our dream of a lifetime.  As mentioned previously, this is my very first attempt at building a blog and all of the above was purely from memory.  Now, that’s a good feeling!  My brain really is still functioning!!!  Please check back often to see where we are in this journey and don’t forget to click on “Recent Posts” in the right-hand column to see previous posts you may have missed.  Additionally, the calendar in the upper right-hand column will be “blue” on the days I have posted.   For now, it’s time to hit the ground running.  We have a lot of STUFF to get rid of!!!

God bless,

Jo

7 thoughts on “Catching up…

  1. Loved your new blog. I can go on a trip with you? Some RV’s make a bed out of the kitchen table. Is this correct in your RV? It’s O.K. with me. I truly enjoyed reading about your trip and the thanks to me. I believe in living today as if it were your last. Have no regrets. God’s beautiful world is waiting for you.
    Much love to both and keep up the good work.

    Mom

    • Thank you, sweet Momma! So glad you liked it. This is mainly for you, you know, and anyone else who may be interested in our progress/travels! And, no, you will NOT be sleeping on our kitchen table… no way, no how! I LOVE YOU! Thanks, again, and see you soon. God bless!

  2. Dear Jo….what a wonderful Blog!! Very inspiring! I am going to certainly enjoy keeping up with your lives! Dennis and I are about a year behind you…we also live in the Houston area…(Richmond)! I also plan on starting a blog/journal about 4-6 months out from the start of our Fulltiming adventure. Take care….janice (nanascots on the forums)

    • Hi, Janice! OMG! I did not know we are neighbors! Congrats on pushing forward with your dream. It has been a long time coming for us, but is all happening in His perfect timing! Thanks for following.

    • Janice, I am so sorry if I have not replied to your very nice comment! You see, this blog thing is so very new to me and with everything we have going on with getting rid of our stuff-n-such, my plate over runneth! It’s never too early to start dreaming and doing what you can as early on as you can to get things organized (and organized in your head) so things don’t get quite so hectic when the time comes. Hey, BTW, we are neighbors! What a small, small world it is!! I wish you and Dennis the best of luck! Please do keep in touch.

  3. Keep up the good work, Jo!

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