The month of April has come and gone. We’ve survived! We finished the house remodel, moved into the rv, celebrated Elijah’s birthday, and finally got settled in where we’re staying (a sweet friend is allowing us to park on their beautiful property that is in the city, but feels like the country. It even has a private pond and lots of running space!)
The Lord has been faithful and we have been able to rest and relax a bit. (You can see more about how everything went by clicking this link.)
April was very busy, and a little stressful, but has rounded out quite well. We are so grateful for how everything came together!
How Are We Doing In The Rv?
Well, let me explain first by letting you know that it is NOT a big luxury rv… no, it’s a modest 26 ft pull-behind travel trailer , but it serves us well!
I’m sure that not all of us feel the same way I do, but honestly, I LOVE IT!
Yes we’re cramped.
Yes, our bunkhouse got messed up (read about that here) and we had to adapt and overcome.
Yes, the “kitchen” is the tiniest thing ever, lol.
And Yes, the “living room” is also a bedroom at the moment.
So why am I enjoying myself so much??
- We spend a lot more time together! Living in a small space forces us to interact with each other more. There’s not enough space for kids to hide out in their individual bedrooms with their noses stuck in their devices. (That goes for us adults as well 😊). Plain old boredom has been a useful tool in helping us connect, and I’m loving it!
Who wouldn’t be happy spending time with the best kids ever?!
2. In the “old house” I would walk out of my room, past two of the kids’ rooms, down the hallway, past the guest bathroom, and through the living room-just to get to the kitchen. On really bad days that walk was impossible. I would be trapped in my room while life went on without me in the rest of the house. Not only that, but on bad days that I could manage to get to get to the kitchen I would be so overwhelmed by all the things I would see that needed to be done… and the negative self-talk would begin. There wasn’t much I could do to make it better and the rest of the family already had to pull most of my weight on house duties whenever I would have a flare up, so I would eventually get so frustrated with myself that I would just try to ignore the mess and do what I could, which wasn’t always much.
Here in the travel trailer no matter how bad I’m feeling I can at least make it the four steps from my bed to the couch everyday! (I haven’t had a severe flare up yet, PRAISE GOD).
But the thing I love the most…..
I Can Keep It Clean! It only takes about 30 minutes to deep clean this baby! (I’m doing a little dance every time I say that). But seriously, I feel like I got a new chance to feel accomplished about something….
Living with chronic illness can really get you frustrated with your life and truthfully a little judgmental against yourself. Again, in the old house I would get overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. It had nine rooms all together (you can see the house here if you’re interested)
In the smaller (much smaller) space of the travel trailer I can get everything cleaned (well cleaned!) in a short amount of time.
Each morning, after breakfast, I send the kids outside for about a half hour to get out their energy before school and so I can tidy up. I do the dishes, clean the counters, stove and sink. I am able to straighten up the bathroom and couch and sweep the floors! Granted, it is only like 300 sq ft, I think (don’t quote me on that). In just a few minutes I can get the house looking amazing, whereas after thirty minutes in the “regular house” you wouldn’t be able to tell I had done anything!
This has really helped my self esteem and sense of accomplishment!
I am so grateful for this little house on wheels. I have so much more peace here. Last week I told Kris that when we plan the cabin build that I 100% DO NOT want it to be big! A tiny house is exactly what we needed…. maybe not this tiny… a few more square feet on each side would be just enough!
And for the last reason I’m loving this trailer…
3. It forces all of us to get outside. No more bumps on a log watching the big screen all day!
In such a small space, we are forced to have the world as our front yard.
And that makes this momma’s heart oh so happy!
-Life is good-
I pray that you too can fill your day with less stress, more family time, and a stop to smell the roses!
Ps- this has been about what I personally love about the tiny home lifestyle, but stay tuned to hear about some of the not so pretty things that come from living small. Comment below if you’re interested in hearing the kids’ opinions as well!
update: Check out the not so good things that I dislike about rv life in my post The Ugly- RV Living