Sunday, July 05, 2009


We’re moving.

And we bought an RV park.

Okay … just kidding.

Nope. Wait. NO I’M NOT!

We bought a friggin’ RV park and we are moving in about a month.

Told ya – BIG news. Allow me to explain.

It was just over a year ago when I was helping my in-laws with their motel as they settled into retirement. Michael and I saw first-hand how his parents poured their lives into so many people for almost three decades. There was a constant revolving door of guests, all walking their own path through life, and many who may have been seeking a vacation, but really needed someone to just listen. It was beautiful. It was also exhausting and back-breaking and sometimes a total pain in the kiester.

We got them retired, and we brought two more children into our home and we pretended we had done all the really crazy things we'd be doing for quite some time. Patted ourselves on the back, and settled into our new routine of the crazy-fun therapeutic parenting rollercoaster.

We've known for a while that we felt like there were parts of us - unique gifts - that weren't being used. We felt like we were underutilized. Just couldn't put our finger on it for a long time.

Fast forward a few months. I know some of you “get it.” Some of you are dumbfounded. Yet, after praying and talking and listening and more praying and more talking and more listening (repeat, repeat, repeat), we knew we were to be pulling a Paul & Barnabas. There were things around money, earning our income by our own hands, etc., that just kept stirring within us.

This isn’t something which happened in our lives overnight. Just like every other crazy aspect, it has been years in the making. We have spent more than a decade slowly simplifying our lives so we could give more (not just money, but time), to the people in our lives. In the middle of all the praying and talking and listening, my husband and I continued to connect over and over again. Our thought processes were completely in sync (and, YES, I’m sure that thoroughly frightened him). We knew we were absolutely supposed to change the way we "did life" … but what?

And this is when the weeks of helping his parents reentered our hearts. That time was hard and exhausting, but once our period of help was over, we missed it. We couldn't deny it. There was something about that constant trickle of people that made us feel more ourselves. More alive. We put out a few “feelers” … knowing we were in no hurry, whatsoever.

Oh … sorry … had to stop and laugh out loud for just a second. We know better than to say we’re “in no hurry.” Because – BOOM!

There was this little RV park looking for a new owner. It was the perfect size. The company’s site revealed very little identifying information. We just knew it was somewhere in the southern United States. About a seven state area. That was it. Could have been Oklahoma. Could have been Arkansas. Who knew?

Come to find out, it is less than two hours from my in-laws. Closer to my parents. Closer to Michael’s sister. It is also nestled in a really tiny community of people on a highway in south Texas.

And in 13 years of marriage, the constant small changes and sacrifices we have made put us in a position to do something like this in the middle of a recession.

Told ya’ – BIG news.

So, consider yourselves in the loop. I will give more details later, but right now we have a lot of mourning and crying to do, seeing how we adore our church and our town and our neighbors. Our children are very excited, and very, very sad. This part suuuuuuuuuuuucks.

Our new venture will probably begin early August. Mark your calendars.


denie heppner said...

great news...and thanks for posting that finger eleven was EXACTLY what i needed today. bless you all!!!

Kristen Howerton said...

Awesome!! Congrats on a faith adventure.

Lisa said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!!! This is so cool! Just one more reason to go back to southern Texas. Email me so I'll know where to find you!!!!

Story of our Life said...

very cool.

My grandma owns an RV park in Texas...I do believe Southern Texas.

I wonder if it is her deciding to retire. I don't really have much contact w/her. But it is interesting to say th eleast.

And...VERY COOL for you!!


Anonymous said...

But I don't HAVE an RV!!!!!!!

And WHY OH WHY can't the park be in Virginny?

Corey, the Selfish One

PS I am sending you a plane ticket to Orlando for Christmas. Be prepared.

kristal said...

WOW! what an incredible way to give your lives to others. i cannot wait to see how this unfolds!! thank you for sharing your life with us.

Llama Momma said...

Holy cow! Wow.

Wow!! Can't wait to see how this journey unfolds.

Lana said...

Ok, that is BIG! I'm sitting here in tears because once again, your openess to follow God is a huge slap in my face and wake up call. It causes me to say, "Lord, am I doing what you want?" I think me and God will be having some long talks this week.

Love you...

Recovering Noah said...

Am completely, totally, wonderfully, incredibly excited for you! What a fabulous adventure!!!

I'm doing a nice little jig over here because you'll be in TX. Whoo hoo! Can't wait!

Also loved your description of God saying "Suh-weet!". Best visual image I've had in a long time.

30 bucks to pick your brain all day??? Sounds likea deal to me. :-)

Steph, G's Mom said...

well now we must include south texas on our list of road trips....

only thing is, can we park there if we dont have an RV? how about an SUV? it still has a V in it???!!!

let us know where you are exactly and we will visit you!!!!


Brenda said...

Can I stay at a Holiday Inn in southern Texas and come over to the RV park? I have no RV!! So will you live there at the park? Is there a house there or would it be in an RV? Very exciting to see God is opening a new door for you!

Hannah_Rae said...


Faith adventures are the most thrilling of all!

I am feeling one coming on in our family as well. Just don't know what direction it's coming from yet.



Amanda said...

I totally "get it" and love every piece of it! God never ever ceases to rock our worlds! Love you guys! And welcome back to TEXAS!!!

:)De said...

Me and my 30 ft Big Bertha feel a road trip comin' on. Congrats and be sure to include all the free perks in you brochure.



Cammie said...


I gotta know where in S TX!

How cool is this!

Blessings to your sweet family in this time of transition!

Kim said...

Holy crap! Congrats!

ali said...

frikking COOL!!!!! i am THERE! any AC?? LOL. i do lots on whim, so i say go for it!(i know, this wasnt on whim, you know what i mean LOL)

TracyC said...

Hot Damn! That's exciting...and I bet it is just a tad scary. Of course, you will have all the material you need to write a book..wait! you already do.

familygregg said...

What FUN! Your obedience is a blessing. A huge blessing. Lord, may it be contagious as well.

Notorious MLE said...

Wowza. Awesome!

Unknown said...

My goodness gracious! Not only is it huge but it's fast!!

BooBs said...

Mazel Tov!!! That is sooooooo exciting.

Can't wait to hear all details of this next chapter of your life.

Best wishes from Susan in NYC

Babsness said...

seems to be a trend
all my bestys and bloggies live in or hail from Texas daughter's last name is Austin
maybe it's a sign!

Wendy said...

Texas? South Texas? Why HECK, I live in south Texas. Near Houston, in a tiny town on a highway. Won't you be my neighbor?

Now repeat after me, 'I was just fixin to, y'all'. ;-)

dreamingBIGdreams said...

um freaking awesome.
we have an RV.
we want to go camp.
august here we come.
wait. where the heck will you be?

Anonymous said...

This sounds so exciting! Where's the link to sign up for the Punch a Parent seminar?

angie said...

wowza! Good job on doing what you know you need to for Him! I think a lot of people know what they should do, but don't enough faith to go through with it... you guys do! awesome!

MommaJen said...

congrats on your new venture - I will let Lance know! We are also journeying on - we are moving to San Antonio in a few weeks - still in youth ministry! I think Lance will someday be the world's oldest youth minister :)
Blessings to your family!

marythemom said...

I've got an idea for extra income for you! Have one or two RVs on site that people can rent. They don't even have to be mobile. I'll bet they'd be rented out all the time by those of us wanting to enjoy your wisdom, but not having our own RV.

Thanks for the reminder to ask God what he wants us to do next. I think we've been under the same circumstances (thinking we're done)and that's one reason why things are not going right for us.

Mary in Texas

Dia por Dia said...

That is great. Now come on you can't just say South Texas to so many of us reading from Texas. That could be anywhere from Houston to Brownsville... :-)

marythemom said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I am even now asking, "OK God, what do you want me to do next?" I'm a little nervous what he's going to say, but I feel much more relaxed.

Mary in TX

Mom to biokids Ponito(10) and his sister Bob(12)
Sibling pair adoptive placement from NE 11/06
Finally finalized on Kitty(14) on 3/08 - 2 weeks before her 13th birthday!
Finalized on her brother Bear 7/08. He turned 15 the next day.
" Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain."