Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sand sculptures 

We went out to see some of the sand sculptures at Ft. Myers Beach this week. Amazing. 

  

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15 Houses and Counting

Well, tomorrow we leave Port Charlotte, Florida and we drive to Port St. Joe, Florida.

This will make 15 houses that we’ve lived in this year.  We’re both kind of sad to leave Port Charlotte.  It’s been very peaceful here.  This is the first area we stayed in that we seriously considered buying a house.

We looked at a perfect one right around the corner from where we’re staying.  But, after a lot of discussion we don’t think we’re quite ready to stop traveling yet.

So, for now, it’s goodbye Port Charlotte.  Maybe that’ll change soon, but for now we keep living our adventure.

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Still remembering how we got here.

  
How did you get here? What made you decide to live like this? How did you make it happen? How did you know what to do?

These are questions that people are asking me now. You would think that something so crazy would have had a specific thought date and call-to-action date. I’m pretty sure that’s true but I can’t remember them.

Yes, it’s only been one year since we accepted an offer on our home, began selling all of our possessions, and started the search for vacation home rentals. (BTW, how ridiculous does all of that sound?) But, there’s a lot I can’t remember or maybe I just didn’t think it was important or a key decision. 

The most basic answer is that we wanted a change, we were OVER owning a home, and we wanted more control of our time and finances.

The more accurate answer probably lies in the footsteps left in the sand. If you could see them, you’d see that there is only one set because we were carried most of the way to where we are now.

We could not have imagined and orchestrated a more perfect life and living situation than we have had for the past year. This is God, not us.

-Jodi

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Port Charlotte nature Trail

  
I found a nice nature trail less than a quarter mile from our house this morning.  The dogs loved it and there was a lot of shade. 

Brodie 

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It’s been one year!!

  
One year ago we accepted an offer on our house. I just can’t believe it was a year ago! What were we thinking? I still have no idea how I thought this crazy gypsy lifestyle would work but, we took the leap.

I guess I knew we could make something work but, I just had no clue how much fun this adventure would be. So, this is a blog post to myself, one year ago.

Don’t mourn losing your things. Things is things and they don’t matter! You will forget most of the things you had.

Your box of things (house) is keeping you from having a lot of fun!

Cash is better than your property “investment”. It doesn’t matter what the financial smarty pants people tell you. It’s not their life! It’s yours!

Your dogs will be fine. In fact, they’ll love exploring new yards and meeting new people and animals.

Finding vacation homes will be no problem. You will have the chance to live in homes that you would never dream of owning. Oh, and you don’t have to clean or mow or repair anything.

You will miss events in your home but not the home, itself. The events will now take place in one of your amazing vacation homes in a fabulous location.

You won’t miss your Sleep Number bed. You no longer will miss “my bed”, like you always hear people say. You don’t have a bed to miss. Your body will adjust and about any bed will do just fine.

You don’t need 1/2 of the stuff that you think you MUST keep for your new lifestyle. Priorities change when your possessions must be moved in and out of a new home every month.

You won’t have a favorite place or rental. You will learn to like different aspects of each home and area you live.

You will be able to do more for other people than you’ve ever been able to do in your entire life leading up to this point. Don’t second guess this crazy decision and miss out on being the hands and feet of Jesus to the people who need need it most.

-Jodi

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Home Base Pensacola

We’re back in Pensacola, Florida for 3 days.  Our next 30 day rental is in Port Charlotte, Florida.  We could’ve driven straight from our rental in Texas to Port Charlotte, but it would have been a very long and miserable drive. The drive was already much longer than it should have been due to heavy rain.

So, Jodi found a rental in Pensacola to give us a short break in between.  I’m glad she did, because we all needed it.  The dogs have been crashed for most of our stay.  We heard from the owners of the last rental that Taygar the Great Dane was missing Daisy and us.  We think Daisy was missing her as well.

So, that’s it for now unless something exciting happens.  The rain that we drove in and out of on the way here has now caught up with us and so we’re waiting and hoping we won’t be driving in rain again as we head further south.

Brodie

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