At some point, we decided something had to change. For the last few years, Tristan was working physically hard long hours at work, and Katie was busy at home with 3 little ones under 3. It was rare the kids would see their daddy during the week and our marriage was having some hard times. We were both simply trying to get through each day, trying to physically, emotionally, and spiritually survive. But we wanted to thrive, not simply survive! For the sake of our family and our marriage, something had to change.
First, the change happened inward, in our hearts. We learned to stop looking at the ‘if only’s’ and focus on all the blessings we did have. We learned to take hold of the small, simple moments to connect as a family. We learned that contentment has more to do with the state of our hearts, not the circumstances around us.
And then, we looked at what we could change outward, in our circumstances. So in Spring 2015 we bought a 1998 yellow school bus from the local school division and began working on converting it into a camper. The thought was, if we had to live like this to simply live, lets re-evaluate what we need to live. We wanted to pay off our debt and live more simply.
We worked on the bus whenever we could squeeze some time in. We tore off the old walls in the heat of the summer. We installed windows in a blizzard. We built beds, cabinets, and a shower. Literally our sweat, blood and tears were poured into the bus.
All the while, we were being taught patience. Finally, in the spring of 2017, just over 2 years after buying the bus, and 2 weeks after our 4th daughter was born, we moved into the bus. We paid off all our debts, simplified what we had, and then we took off. We started travelling to the east coast of Canada, with no real plan but wanting to be open to God’s leading for our family.
We travelled around for a few months, volunteering sometimes at small churches and Bible camps, doing any projects that they could use help with. We met so many wonderful people and have seen so many beautiful places. We have spent the last year together as a family, sometimes going to markets and selling products we made, sometimes going on a bike trip for weeks, or camping and fishing. We want to live more simply, taking one day at a time, enjoying all the blessings God has given us. We want to use the skills, creativity and passions God has placed in our hearts to bring God glory.
Right now we are in PEI, Canada, Tristan working and Katie at home and homeschooling our 5 little girls. We are enjoying the present and also looking forward to our next adventure!
We desire to help other families, perhaps some in the same type of situation our family was in, to thrive together again. We want to encourage and equip families to take the time to enjoy each other, God's creation, and do things that they would never dream were possible.
To find more about our mission and purpose, click HERE.
We are so glad that we can live life together as a family, all the while encouraging other families to live an adventure as we let God lead us!