As anticipated in last year's post, it feels a lot better to say "This year we are heading out...." Actually it feels better than better - it feels amazing and about fifty more flowery, exaggerated adjectives, all meaning GREAT!
There was never any doubt that we would realize this dream, just whether we could pull off all the things that needed to happen to keep us on schedule for a June, 2015 launch date. When I clicked "publish" on my very first blog post I remember thinking I might regret putting all those goals "out there", inviting public accountability :-(
Looking back now I am so glad I'm recording this critical part of the journey. We worked hard to get to where we are, stayed on track, and have been incredibly blessed at every turn. There have been some sad times, the passing of Bill's brother Wayne was particularly hard; and a couple potential side-liners like the wheel-bearing on the trailer and the huge income tax bill.
We took a leap of faith and listed the house four months earlier than our original plan, and it turned out to be the best thing we could have done!
We learned some important lessons - like purging has no end-date, and keeping your options open might find you an even better motorhome :-) The learning continues.
Now that we have the rig, school is definitely in session! We finalized everything yesterday, and made arrangements to pick it up in February. Yes, it took a lot of will-power not to say "We want it tomorrow!" But a month of free storage while they prep the rig, and we get the Jeep set up with the tow and brake package, was the smarter way to go.
In yesterday's Bayfield Bunch post, Al talked about the forward-feeling of a new year. I can so relate to that feeling - putting up a brand new calendar, starting the first page of a new journal, making commitments that you might or might not keep.
THIS year that fresh-start, unlimited-potential, open-opportunity feeling is nearly over whelming!!