Monday, February 20, 2017

Gratitude And My Craigslist Obsession {Part Two}

So seriously, have you ever read a 'Part Two', six months after the 'Part One' was published???? Well, welcome to my wild and wacky world. Better late than never I say! If you're totally confused or just a little rusty on the details of my long lost last post, then click here to go back and catch up {I had to 😉}.

We scrimped, we saved, we sold our pop-up, and finally, finally, this...........

Well, there she is, our 'new to us' RV. As I searched Craigslist, I all but gave up hope of ever finding an RV that had everything we needed AND was affordable, AND was nearby, all but given up I tell ya! Then, one magical morning in January, I checked on Craigslist and there she was, just listed 27 minutes prior. My heart started pounding as I read the description and I wasn't finding anything wrong. When you're searching for something on Craigslist, let me tell ya, there's always something wrong. She was a teensy bit higher in price than we had saved, but my husband said let's take a look anyways. If it's meant to be, God would work it out. She was located only 40 minutes from our house, so we contacted the owners and were relieved that they sounded 'normal', hey, Craigslist right??? We drove over, fell in love, and prayed that they'd come down on the price to meet our savings. We went home, prayed some more, and waited for the couple to decide. They texted the next morning and said that they would most definitely come down on the asking price because they were thrilled that a new family would be having their little traveling dreams come true. I literally started crying. A new chapter had begun.

If you're a little dismayed that this post is a mere show and tell, I'll try not to dissappoint. As I said, I've changed oh so much since I was last here in August. God knew that I needed some very quiet time filled with a great deal of reflection to reveal some really large flaws in myself. I heard Him, I saw them, and I'm trying daily to change them. I hope you'll see the fruits of my efforts as I visit here. I hope you'll see that there is a better way to approach life, a simpler, slower, more intentional way of living. Maybe you are already living with balance, but me, I was way, way off. And still, I have such a looooong way to go. This camper has been a start though, and over the next little bit, I'll be sharing all the how's with you here on the blog, Stay tuned............... ❤

Monday, February 13, 2017

Home Again

Well heloooooooooooo! I feel that I've been gone for absolute ever! Is this how the caterpillar feels, when one day, after what must feel like forEVER, he emerges as a butterfly???? Maybe. I don't think I'm so lovely as that, but, well, changed for sure. We all change, don't we? It's most noticeable by those that haven't seen us in quite awhile. Like family that lives so far away and Christmas rolls around, you all get together, and man, those nieces and nephews have sprouted inches it seems. I do feel sort of like that, like I've sprouted inches. I hope that you'll see it too....... and still want to come here and embark on this journey with me from time to time.

You should know that I didn't even visit here myself while I was away. I only stopped by twice since my last post in August, just to change out my Pinterest board in the sidebar. Not even sure why I did that? Guess my desire to 'decorate' got the best of me 😊. Several times since the end of December, I started feeling these little itches to return back here to this familiar place. I'd set out to write but the bubbling twinges of excitement quickly diminished and I decided, nope, not yet. I'm thrilled to say that this time, the little twinges stayed long enough that the thoughts swirled out of my head and into this post. It feels so good to be home again.

I'm ever so grateful to those of you that would check on me during my absence. Some through my e-mail, or my FB page, or Instagram. It meant the world to me, and it's because of you all that I'm finally here, yes, I'm ever so grateful. Since we haven't seen one another in sooooooo long, I have lots to share, so many changes to our little life over here and I'll bet, lots of changes in yours too. But mostly, I can't wait to reach out and share at least a virtual cup of coffee {or two 😉} with you. As women, we desperately need the company of one another. Being the introvert that I am, I forget this, ALOT. I become comfortable being alone. And then one day I realized how much I longed for the time that we spend together here. I desperately want this place to mean something not just to me, but to you too. I hope that I can live up to your expectations and be a friend that is inspiring and thought provoking.

I've missed you so, and it's absolutely wonderful to be back..................  ❤

P.S     If ever I'm away for too long from this little space, you can most likely find me on Instagram. I call it my 'lazy blogger's haven' because I can take pictures with my iPhone, say a couple of lines, and be done with it. IG satisfied my desire to reach out and be social on a much smaller scale. If you'd be interested in hanging out with me over there, just click on the IG pictures in the sidebar and it will magically transport you right over to my IG page. If you click "Follow" when you arrive, we'll be joined at the hip forever 😉

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gratitude and My Craigslist Obsession

Oh how I struggle y'all. Gratitude can be a tough one to hold on to, have you noticed? To pause each and every day and be grateful for every part of your life at that moment, whew, it's harder some days than others.

Case in point, camping, I love me some camping, like lots, like too much. What's not to love? All that adventuring is beyond awesome! Last year, we purchased a little pop-up camper and it's been absolutely amazing and has allowed us to travel and experience life and learning in a whole new way. It's the greatest thing since sliced bread y'all. Seriously. But, and this is a biggie, as we begin to expand our traveling horizons and plan several really large trips, I've started looking, dreaming, dare I say coveting, larger campers. Yes, I really, really want a C Class RV folks and I've become totally, hopelessly, obsessed. They say the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. I stand before you today to admit that I am beyond smitten with motor-homes, there, I've said it out-loud, now let the healing begin.

There's nothing wrong with dreaming, but sometimes the dream can overshadow the here and now and suck the gratitude from THIS day that we've been given. I may or may not spend waaaaaaay too much time on Craigslist, like EVERY day y'all. I'm thinking of starting a 12-step program, as I'm pretty sure there may be others out there that suffer from my RV smitten disorder.

Excuse me for getting a little personal here, but often what we want is not at all what we need. I've kinda learned that the hard way. I desperately want a motor-home, and I hope to have one in the not so distant future, but right now isn't the right time. Financially, we need to save more and we'd have to sell our pop-up before purchasing anything, but the biggest reason, and it's gargantuan, is that until I'm able to master gratitude for all the things God has provided our little family, including our pop-up, anything new would be tainted. Taking on debt would be a really bad move for us and even though every fiber of my being really wants to go out there and get what I want, when I want, I know in my heart it would be all wrong. Purchasing an RV not within God's timing would be a huge no no. That RV would be a shiny red apple on the outside with a nasty bitter taste on the inside. I've had that bitter apple before, I've put the proverbial cart before the horse and let me tell you, it's no way to live. I never want to live that way again.

So today, I'm focusing more on the here and now, and less on the future. I'm committed to an untiring pursuit of daily gratitude.............and, just by chance, if you happen to know of any good deals on a C Class, oh shoot, there I go again, prayers welcomed as I continue to pursue daily gratitude.............

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