It was Mother's Day 2008. We had always dreamed of Rving when we retired, but somthing changed. Time. It was passing by too quickly and we weren't taking advantage of it...we were just letting each day pass us by, busy in our busy lives. Monday turned into Sunday and back to Monday again. It's not that we weren't happy, but our priorites were becoming confused. It felt like were were living to work and not working to live. Five days a year were all we were taking off for a vacation. Not enough! The kids were getting older in front of our eyes and were wanted to slow down the clock. Fortunately we are self employed, which has pros and cons. One of the pros is that you are in charge of your own schedule. For a long time this was scary for us to step away from the business we were building. We were nervous to "not be there" for our patients. However, how can you take care of others if you are not taking care of yourself? We needed to put family first. We brainstormed many ideas...vacation clubs or an annual cruise? All expensive options for a family of six when you factor in flights and food. Some little voice in our heads told us to check out an RV, why wait until retirement? So, Mother's Day 2008 we packed the kids in the car and went to our local dealership and spent the afternoon researching Rv's. By Monday, we were the proud owners of a Winnebago Access. It was perfect for our family. It has enough sleeping space for all six of us, we could save money by making a lot of our own meals, it could be used as a mortgage interest tax deduction, and we could easily see North America as a family! All in all...it could be our hotel on wheels! Now two Rv's later, we are currently in a 2013 Coachman Encounter 36 BH. We've had to go bigger as our kids got bigger. We love that thing. It may be just a thing, but it is full of memories. Right now it's in storage for the winter season but yesterday morning we heard birds, a sure sign of spring. Our 2015 Rv trips are planned and the first one is on countdown. We have booked our dewinterization in a few weeks and are buying supplies for the season. An exciting time in our household. What memories will be made this year? What adventures will we have? What a different way to think than how we used to...we now still live to work (we do love what we do), but our priority is on working to live. Our joke is, "we work for gas money". Lol. Happy Rving!
Kathy and Neal
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