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Saying Hello and Goodbye While on the Road

When I became a mother a little over two years ago, I will never forget the moment I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I am a nurse and have worked in the Nursery and Labor & Delivery for years in the hospital setting, so I was prepared for what was to come in that area, but I was not prepared for the days to follow as a new mother.

The moment came when I took my first trip out of the house post-baby and I went to the grocery store. While shopping with my brand new bundle of joy, I took a trip to the restroom. I got to the door and stopped. Umm…what do I do now? Do I take the whole buggy in or do I take just the carseat and baby in the stall with me? Wait… or do I take the baby out of the carseat and hold her while nature calls? Why had I never thought of this scenario? Why had I never heard anyone else struggle with this situation?

I tried to rack my brain for memories of what I had seen other mothers do and nothing was coming to me. So what do you do when this happens? Call mom! I dialed up my mother of 7 children and asked for my first of many parenting advice on how to go to the restroom with a newborn. I knew how to hold a baby, feed a baby, bathe a baby, all from my nursing experiences, but I had no idea how to actually “live” with a new baby.

That was the first, but not the last time I had to call my mother with crazy questions on raising a child. I knew I was ready for motherhood and I was excited for the opportunity and adventure of being a mother, but I had no idea what was ahead until I started living out my dream of raising a family.

This story reminded me of what it is like starting out our journey of  full time RV living. There are things that will come up and you will ask yourself, “Why had I not thought of this scenario?” Being a new parent is scary and overwhelming, but an amazing feat. The same goes for downsizing, RV living, or taking that leap whatever it may be to live out your dreams.

A few weeks ago this journey brought us some really amazing friends. We’ve become super close with their family sharing meals, laughter, tears, and prayers together. As much as we have grown together the last couple weeks, the time came for us nomadic families to go our separate ways.

This is one of the extremely hard parts of living a mobile lifestyle and a scenario that I had not thought of happening. You set out on this journey and along the way you encounter some amazing people and create special relationships with others, but then you remember you are travelers and the nomadic lifestyle changes paths yet again. I knew we would meet new people, which we were extreme excited to do, but I had no idea how hard it would be to say goodbye.

I’m emotional and get really attached to people. What helps me through is to think back on all the friends we have made along our journey and I can’t help but get excited about the future. Future people we will meet that will make us laugh, teach us something new, and create lasting lifetime memories that we will share forever. Friendships that would not exist if it was not for our nomadic lifestyle.

There is something special about the traveling community. They are kind, adventurous, hospitable, and it has been one of our favorite parts of traveling full time. We are meeting some amazing people and although we will miss each other, there are many crossroads ahead. Roads that will hopefully lead us to cross paths again and bring us together with new companions that will impact our lives forever.

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