Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~Howard Thurman
Recently my husband and I realized that we weren’t realizing our many wild dreams, because we were spending too much time maintaining our lives. We were making a living instead of a life. We want to spend more time together as a family, make every day a wonderful adventure for our children, and spoil our children by raising them to expect the extraordinary and refuse to settle for less.
We want to make music, not for an hour after a full day’s work and a couple of hectic hours of showers, dinner, and bedtime stories, but always, as a priority and with time to perform gigs, create albums, meet and jam with other musicians, maintain a website, and be a professional.
We want to see so many things around the world, and we’re starting right here in our own backyard, but we’re expanding our havingness and our definition of backyard to include the entire country (this may be God’s country, but this is our country too, as Ani pointed out). We want to see new things every day, meet new people, different people, and learn what they have in common with us and each other…and what they don’t.
We DON’T want conventional wisdom to dictate our lives. Not, church, school, state, finances, diet, security, ambition or the ideal family size.
We decided that our needs could best be met right now by traveling together in an RV. At the same time we decided this, we found out that we are going to have a baby! This is because the universe has a sense of humor. So much for our plans! Maybe we could live in an RV with two kids, but a newborn too? Oh, but then we remembered that conventional wisdom doesn’t apply to our family anyway!
So we began taking steps to sell our house and possessions, buy a motorhome, and have a baby. Turns out we can’t sell in this market, so we’re going to rent the house out instead. We still plan to sell our possessions and have a baby. We bought our new home–Benny the Brave–last month. Hope to have possessions gone this month (February 2011) and us moved into the motorhome, house rented next month, and baby to arrive maybe in April or May.
I am Diana. I love my husband and children, giving birth, nursing babies, wearing babies, reading, writing, taking pictures, and chocolate. I love my friends and family. I own my own business teaching and selling baby wrap carriers: Wrap Your Baby.
David is tall, dark, and musical. He is a folk singer/songwriter and a spectacular artist in many fields. He loves us, food, concerts, and the fact that our motorhome runs on waste vegetable oil. His music and CDs are available at www.DavidRosenfield.com
Ada is six years old, and life-changing. She is an extraordinary artist, an unparalleled dreamer, caring and compassionate, loves her family and fairies, an aspiring flautist and I suspect her of being a burgeoning pianist, a dancer, a beauty, and a wonderful daughter and sister.
Annabelle turned one year on Christmas Day. She is sweet, a delight, and is our smile child. She is a wonder, and has amazing communication. She is an adventurer, a climber, a fearless spirit and she makes us happy.
And now introducing Cassidy, born 14 April, ready to hit the road 17 June. He’s come at an exciting time. He’s not a blank slate, but the writing is, as yet, difficult to make out. I sort of think he’ll be a little scholar, or maybe a Buddhist. Stay posted to this blog for updates.
We will be traveling, playing music, painting pictures, taking pictures, writing, blogging, babywearing, nursing, cloth diapering, laughing and loving all across the nation soon. Please let me know if you have suggestions or invitations for us–we’re wide open!
February 5, 2011
I am so proud of you! this sounds like an amazing journey that I’m so excited to hear about! I often dream of this and never see how to make it a reality. So inspiring to see you doing it. My hubby to is a musician http://darkhollowbottlingcompany.com and tied to a full time job as well. I’m thrilled to have stumbled across your blog and look forward to following your adventures. If you make it to Maine be sure and look us up!
February 7, 2011
We once dreamed of doing this too (except with 5 kids) but instead was driven towards becoming agrarians. We just moved from Tampa to a bit south of the Georgia border. We also have a child born Christmas Day 🙂
February 7, 2011
Good to hear from you Crystal! Another Tampa escapee (technically we’re escaping Clearwater) AND a Christmas baby! We also have a dream of homesteading and we think this journey may help us find the spot. By then we might have five kids, too! I’m going to check out your blog now.
February 8, 2011
Have a great time out there!!! You will have fun!!!
February 8, 2011
How exciting! I decided a few months ago that 40 hours away from my family (plus the time my husband is at work) is UNACCEPTABLE! I’ve never been known for going with the flow. So we’re working toward hitting the road as well. I’m excited to have found your blog and get to read about your adventures, too!