the adventure continues in Vail, AZ

This past month we sold our fifth wheel RV and moved back into our house in Vail, AZ. Our 20,000 miles around the country taught us a lot of things - one of which is gratitude. The more miles we put on, the more we appreciated the beautiful sunshine of southern AZ and the familiarity of friendship. Moving back into a house has given us peace as we look forward to the arrival of our third little … [Read more...]

Selling The RV

Traveling fulltime forces a person to experience an unprecedented amount of change. "Consistent," "regular," and "predictable" are a few words that were absent from our vocabulary this year. We've know an evolving lifestyle that has changed who we are. Change is a positive thing. It provides new perspective and increased potential, but today we long to once again be settled. To live in the same … [Read more...]

An Update From Montana

To date (since we left Tucson in February), we have driven about 17,000 miles. Here is a quick recap of some of the things we have done together as a family. So far: We have traveled through 26 States. We have learned a whole lot about RVing. We have volunteered with over 40 non-profit organizations. We did a project where we intentionally gave every day (as a family) for … [Read more...]

Big Prairie, Ohio

We arrived in Big Prairie, Ohio yesterday. We will be here a couple more days and then head to Cincinnati. As we head west, we are looking forward to more familiar territory. Here is a quick update about Give Every Day. The past 6 months have reminded us that giving happens first and foremost through relationships - with our family and local community (more on this later). As we … [Read more...]

Heading West: July – August – September

It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 1/2 a year since we left Tucson, AZ. So far, we have volunteered with/interviewed over 40 non-profits, traveled through 14 States, and met amazing people. This Sunday (July 10th), we will begin our voyage west. Please continue thinking of us and praying for us as we travel, learn, and strive to stay true to our pledge. Leave a comment below if … [Read more...]

Day #150: Give Pause to Appreciate Freedom

Today, we read parts of the Declaration of Independence to the girls and talked about our country's freedoms. Happy Independence Day!  … [Read more...]

Day #149: Give Your Family Rest

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Day #147: Give Your Host a Gift

One of our favorite things we get to do as we travel is spend time with friends. This evening we had dinner at some friends' house in New Jersey. Our girls had a blast playing with their two similar aged boys. Before we arrived at their house, we stopped by Panera Bread and picked up some muffins. The girl behind the counter put them in a gift box and we gave them to our friends when we … [Read more...]

Day #145: Give a Birthday Card

October 2 is our World Vision sponsored child's birthday. He lives in Zimbabwe so it takes the mail a bit longer to get to him. World Vision always sends us a pre-made birthday card that we are invited to sign and mail back. The card is then delivered to our sponsored child for his birthday. In addition to signing the pre-made card, Kayla and Olivia worked on two special homemade cards … [Read more...]

Day #142: Give Your Family Rest

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Day #139: Give Used Books

The campground where we are staying has a family center. It is a favorite place for our girls. Inside, there is a section just for kids. It has toys, puzzles, and books specifically for younger children. Today, we picked out some of the girls' books that are no longer on their most-liked list and donated them to the family center.   … [Read more...]

Phase II: Expanding into the For-Profit World

Up until now, we have only volunteered with, toured, and interviewed non-profit organizations. We have learned from people who are serving children, the elderly, the hungry, and even prisoners. We have asked questions about funding and management. We have evaluated the impact of each organization and what it takes to serve their cliental. Beginning on day #151, we will be expanding our … [Read more...]

Day #138: Give Cans For Recycling

As we drive across America, we get to see many different places. Out of our windows we've passed swamps, mountains, and beaches. Some have been uninviting; others breathtaking. Every so often Kayla will look out her window and shout, "Daddy! Mommy! look! Isn't that beautiful?"  She is right - America is beautiful and we are blessed to be able to enjoy it. As a family, we try to be conscious to … [Read more...]

Day #135: Give Your Family Rest

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Day #134: Give a Phone Call to Your Parents

I talk to my parents on the phone often. I call them and they call me. They never seem to tire of hearing my voice or wanting to know how our family is. They enjoy talking to me, to Stephanie, and - of course - their grandkids. Today, I called my mom. Like always, she was excited to talk. She asked how we liked our campground, where we would go to church tomorrow, and when I would be going back … [Read more...]