Have you packed to go somewhere for an entire year? Me neither. Until now.
Tomorrow is the day we launch Give Every Day. We're having breakfast with extended family in the morning. Then, we'll probably take a group shot in front of the RV. Then...the open road.
We decided at the beginning of the week that Saturday would be "go-day," whether or not we had renters for our house. And wouldn't you know it? Our new renters signed the contract and took the keys today (just in the nick of time). They're going to be great renters too - total peace about that.
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We'll be traveling through lots of cities. I'm curious. Where are you reading from?
I learned about your blog from Momtrends! Wow! It really takes a calling and gift from God to embark on a journey such as this one. Although I've just "met" you, I'm so excited for you.
congrats on the renters. I hope your first few days on the road have been fantastic and with few adjustments. Can't wait to hear how things are going.
You can keep up w/ our Give Every Day story at: http://giveeveryday.com/blog/. We're blogging daily there. :)
Good luck! Looking forward to seeing your first post about the adventure!
Have you been following along over at http://giveeveryday.com/blog/? You can read about all of our day-to-day adventures over there. :)
Beverly, MA! It's real nice up here in the summer!
Congrats on your launch and good luck along your journey! Im from Redlands, CA so holler if you are ever here.
I am so excited for your guys! This next year is going to be awesome, hard, difficult, rewarding, challenging, life changing and so much more. I am in Gunnison, Colorado (which is in the southwest part of the state on Highway 50. If you come through I would be more than happy to make you lunch and let you do laundry at my place and go for a short hike with you!
Praying for you guys as you start your journey- so proud of you, and so excited! Blessings!
Yahoo! Sounds like good times ahead (TEXAS!:)
Buenos Aires, Argentina!!!
Wow! So happy to hear that you rented your place in the nick of time! God has perfect timing!
My parents recently downsized from a 5 bedroom house to 6 suitcases (going on mission trip for four years in Angola) so I have a good idea of what it's like to shrink so dramatically and let go of "stuff" that isn't needed (but...)
You are an inspiration and I'm keeping you and your family in our prayers especially as you travel.
What an epic day! congratulations! stop by in Atlanta
"Epic" is exactly the way to describe it!
Hooray! So excited that you all are on your way! Didn't we just know the renters would happen that way? You are leaving at just-the-right-time ;)
Congrats! I've been thinking of you all day! I hope your first day went well! I'll be praying and if you come through Minnesota, let me know as I'd love to meet up with you! :)
Oh My God. Its finally happening. I wish you guys the best of luck :) And of course we'll keep up. May the Lord go with you and your family.
So excited that you found a renter before you headed out - I know that has to be a big relief!
I'm on the south side of Kansas City.
So exciting! God speed to you. Can't wait to follow your journey...so awesome!
We are in Mokena, IL -- a southwest suburb of Chicago!
Good luck to you and safe travels from close to Boston, MA.
By now you are probably off and driving! I'm so glad that you made this dream a reality and wish you luck as you travel the land. I'm reading from Ocean View, Delaware.
What an answer to prayer! YEA! I am in Milford (very rural in the middle of no where) IL :)
YAY it's "take-off" day for you guys! Hope it went smoothly! I am reading from the Hartford Area of Connecticut!!
Best wishes to you all!!
Wahoo!!! That is amazing about the renters signing just in the nick of time. (God is amazing like that.)
Wow, wow, wow!
Watsonville, Ca is our home. Santa Cruz County. I can't wait until you guys come through this way!
It's time! Go time. Wow, this is really happening, huh?! :) I'm so excited to watch this amazing, life changing journey you and your family are going on. Thank you for taking us along for the ride. I will pray for your family!
I'm near KC Missouri.
how exciting!!! wishing you and your family a year full of wonderful things. looking forward to reading all about your adventures.
if you are ever in near orange, california (in orange county), you can always drop by our house for a meal or to do some laundry : )
Yay!!! If you forget to pack anything...you'll probably learn you don't really need it...or you can buy it on the road somewhere. :)
so happy to hear that you have renters! What a huge relief that must be! Reading from Chattanooga and keeping my fingers crossed that you will come to this city in 2011!
I do hope we get to linger in Tennessee awhile. Where exactly is Chattanooga? I need to google it.
I'm really excited for you !
Since I am in France, I have at least a 7-hour time lag, it's about 6 p.m here so I was thinking of what you guys were probably doing on this very special day !
Hope you have the best experience ever !
wahooo! and the adventure begins! When andy and I left on our journey we packed both our lives into 2 backpacks...it's crazy to realize all we can do without!
So excited to read about your journey!
You are so right about that. We sold and gave away SO MUCH - but we really don't miss any of it. Well, except our fast Internet connection. ;)
Yay! I can't wait to hear all about your exciting adventures. I'm in Minneapolis, but I would strongly recommend that you don't head this way until the snow melts! This year, that could be well into May.
That's awesome you found renters! Good luck on your travels and I look forward to keeping up with you! We live in Brookfield, a suburb of Milwaukee.
So glad you found renters that you are at peace about!
I'm in the Chicago NW burbs and hope to hear that you'll be heading our way one day.
Oh YEAH for renters! I'm so glad you found some - what a blessing. We'll miss you and your family here in Tucson, but will be praying for you and following you as you venture out. Have a WONDERFUL trip and please be safe!
So excited for you guys!! I will be praying and I'm looking forward to reading along here in Northeast Georgia.
SO glad you got your house rented! What a relief!!!
Good luck! We'll be with you every step of the way!!
*sniff sniff* Okay, I know you four will have an amazing adventure! I am going to miss seeing you and am a little sad we never took that hike. But!.........I am so excited for you to have this experience as a family! The girls and I will pray for you!
How exciting and wonderful that you got renters for your place!
We are in snowy St. Louis, MO!
YEA...I know you have been waiting for this day! Exciting that you won't have your house to worry about as you drive away. I am looking forward to following along with all the great things you guys do during this coming year. Oh, and I am reading from Dallas, Georgia!!!
Very excited for you! Praying! (Cabot, AR)
You must be thrilled and nervous and excited and so many different emotions all rolled into one person! You are a role model for those of us with a dream. Congratulations on making yours come true.
I am on the southern coast of CT with views of Long Island sound and a 90 train ride to Manhattan. When you are headed to New England, I hope we can meet!
I am soooo happy for you guys as you embark on this new adventure!
Come to Denver!
We've heard that Denver is a really cool city. I hope we pass through there.
Congratulations! What an amazing adventure you're about to have. (San Diego)
Hi, there! I have become your social networking stalker....LOL! I am in Salisbury, MD....close to the ocean! Hope you are in this area in the next year AND during the warmer months....beach bumming, baby! Praying for you guys! Hope you get "some" sleep tonight!
So exciting!!! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures! Especially the living in close quarters for a year part! ;)
I do hope you get to make it back up around to our corner of the US! I'm near Wenatchee, WA!
We actually really like the "living in close quarters" part. :)
Oh Stephanie! I am SO excited for you! I was just about to head to bed and decided to check Facebook and lo and behold...your post showed up. So glad you snuck another one on here. I have been thinking of you and praying for you guys as I think of it. I have packed for a whole year...when I moved to New Zealand. Although, I just packed clothing...no household items. As you well know, I am reading from Santa Cruz...and so looking forward to when your trip brings you round these parts. Get some rest...know you are prayed for and there are so many of us that are excited to see how God uses you in the next year or so!
And I totally forgot to say HOW AMAZING THAT YOU GOT YOUR PLACE RENTED! Woohoo!
I know. Amazing, right? The timing was impeccable.