Some of you may remember from my newsletters, that a couple months ago our family took to the road, full-time. Let me be the first to tell you that never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would end up traveling the United States in a travel trailer with my family of 7. While I have always wanted to travel, this wasn’t exactly how I envisioned my travels. But, the Lord had other plans.
In January my husband was given 60 days notice at the church. Quite frankly, we were in shock. We were saddened, as we had seen some wonderful growth in the people and new people attending recently.
Once again, our children were hurt and saddened they couldn’t attend the church they had come to love.
I was sad for the friendships I had started to form with ladies in the church.
And I was frustrated for my husband who had been able to teach as the Lord led him, but was being pushed out…again.
Yet, through all the sadness and hurting, we saw God at work.
One day I felt the Lord leading me in a direction that I had never thought about. I felt compelled to search and learn more about roadschooling. I had heard the term before, but didn’t really know much about it.
I was surprised to find there were people who lived on the road full-time!
As I began to research more, I really felt God leading me to talk about this idea with my husband. I was sure he would shoot it down. He likes to travel, but it a home-body, just like me.
To my surprise, he didn’t hate the idea. In fact, he started doing more of his own research about travel trailers and what would fit our van.
Speaking of our van…that is another step of God’s plan. We purchased this van last year knowing we needed more room. It was the best fit for our growing family (both literally and physically – we have some seriously tall kids, ya’ll). We didn’t know if the Lord would bless us with more kids, but we knew this was the right van for our family.
Turns out this van is the exact size we need to pull the travel trailer of that best fits our family. Talk about a God-thing! I was brought to tears when my husband told me that! God is amazing, isn’t He?
After my husband completed his 60 days at the church, we were allowed to stay in the parsonage so long as we were searching for a ministry. He was actively searching, but nothing was coming. We were at a loss.
Weeks went by with no word from anyone. Any church we heard of and looked at further, was not a fit for our family and where we felt God leading us.
However, from the time of his last paycheck on, my blogging paid all the expenses for our family. That has never happened before! I was bringing in enough income to support us. God is good, even in the bad.
Then, our prayers changed.
We began praying for God’s complete guidance and direction, no matter how crazy. For months, we prayed.
Then, one Sunday we attended the church of a fellow pastor and friend. He wanted us to come and be prayed over. They anointed us with oil and prayed over us for clear direction and guidance.
It was in that moment my husband and I both felt at peace. We both felt the Lord giving us the go-ahead for whatever. We could stay, rent a house and He would take care of us.
Or we could buy a trailer, take a leap of faith. No matter what we chose, His promise was “[He] will go before us.”
Either way…He is still God and still sits on the throne!
That week, we started the process of buying the travel trailer. Several weeks later we were able to finalize the purchase of the trailer. We sold things big items from our home, our bed, the dining room table, our couches and chairs and loaded up everything else in to a storage unit.
We packed 5-7 outfits for everyone and loaded them in the trailer.
And on July 14th, we headed out of our little town for the last time.
Over the last two months of traveling full-time, the Lord has taught us many things. Most of all, He is reminding us that He promised to “go before” us and He will not let us fall.
And while I often have doubts that this “blogging thing” can sustain us, I also know it is not my power that is at work, but His.
I never, in my wildest dreams ever thought we would be a full-time traveling family, but here we are. Learning as we go and enjoying every minute.
Most of the time, I will be chronicling our journey over on my other blog, Thrifty Homeschoolers. And I am always posting about our adventures on Instagram, so be sure to follow me there if you want to keep up.
When has the Lord ever changed your plans?