Today marks our two-year anniversary of nomadic life. Thinking about all of the individuals and families that helped to make all of this happen. Those at the very beginning and those we continue to meet along the way.
When we pulled out of Green Bay, Wisconsin we had our couch, dinette and bed built, the rest of our belongings were in boxes on the floor of the bus. We had $1800 in our pockets and our first week on the road we trekked over 2000 miles to Sisters, OR. We arrived with only two hundred dollars left in our pocket and wondered what in the world we were going to do.
Little did we know that there was a community and purpose waiting for us! We spent three months in that community finding our legs and experiencing a massive shift in our thinking about life, purpose, humanity and God.
Every single thing that has been built on the bus has a story that involves donated or refurbished materials and/or kinfolk offering a helping hand. Story upon story, layer upon layer of community, beauty and worth.
Today we don’t celebrate our efforts but we celebrate all of those who have persevered and come along side of us through this journey.
We celebrate those who have hosted us in their driveways, allowed us to use showers, laundry and space.
We thank those who have allowed us to invade their lives, shared story, community and meals.
We thank those who have graciously offered us the cash in their pockets to help us with gas, repairs, and groceries.
We celebrate those who have invited us into the fold, those who have trusted us to lead them in sacred space.
We thank friends who continue to hold us accountable, challenge and encourage us in our marriage, family and faith.
We thank the youth we have met along the way, that open their hearts to our children, that inviting them into their lives, sharing the experiences of football games, dances, going to movies, parties, and staying in touch with them when we leave.
We celebrate those who have educated us along our way, homeschool parents, teachers, and those with special gifts and resources, offering us opportunities to learn to surf, horseback ride, ski, mountain bike, hiking, fly fishing, work with fine art, graffiti art, CSA farming, and building/flying RC Planes.
We thank those who are doing amazing things to advocate for the marginalized and their willingness to allow us to come along side and encourage, serve and learn.
We celebrate you! Every single one of you! Thank you for loving us and cheering us on.