We Have Escaped Suburbia!

After weeks spent spinning in circles we have finally achieved escape velocity.

Yesterday morning I loaded up the pile of our belongings not going with us on the road and took them to storage - graciously offered us by our realtor/friend.  I’m quite pleased with what we pared down to, and it will be even less stuff once we get a chance to digitize some scrapbook albums.

Another final of load of donate-ables went to Goodwill, and by the time I got back the buyer’s crew of handymen had descended on the house.  While they worked on replacing the dining room window, upgrading the smoke alarms, and venting the shower through the roof MsBoyink finished moving food into the trailer and got caught up on laundry.  We mounted the bike rack, loaded up bikes, hitched up the fifth wheel and escaped suburbia just before noon.

After a stop for lunch we drove a tiring 5 miles down the road and setup camp at the campground we ended our year at last fall.  We’ll be here a month while Harrison (the boy formerly known as Data) takes Driver’s Ed and we wrap up loose ends and get things organized in the trailer.

We went to bed early and all slept in until 9:00 - it’s been that exhausting of a week.  A rainy morning gave us the excuse to just sit, read, blog, do some online address changing, and let the weight of the transition start to sink in.  Being back in the trailer truly feels like being “home”, and all the effort in getting here is starting to feel worth it.

The check from the sale of the house has cleared the bank, so on Monday we’ll go in to pay off the remaining loan on the trailer. With that processed we will be completely debt-free and working very hard to stay that way from now on.

Another pile of free-bees

Another pile of free-bees

Almost empty, taking a break during the move-out process

Almost empty, taking a break during the move-out process

MsBoyink holds the check that ends our debt

MsBoyink holds the check that ends our debt

This plus my toolchest and desktop PC amounts to our stored belongings

This plus my toolchest and desktop PC amounts to our stored belongings

Contractors readying the house for rent

Contractors readying the house for rent

Busy place!

Busy place!

Can you find the roosting Storybird?

Can you find the roosting Storybird?

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7 Comments We Have Escaped Suburbia!

  1. Picture of Teri HTeri HApril 28, 2012

    Congrats on being debt-free! I’ve been following your blog off and on for a little while. We recently sold our home and most of our belongings and hit the road too! We are three weeks into our journey. Our two kids are on their own (youngest is a junior at University of Texas) but are planning on joining us at different spots around the country. What a blessing for your kids to do this!

  2. Picture of LarryLarryApril 28, 2012

    Mike, Crissa and fam,

    I’ll take this as a final “Congratulations” on this big step to your future.  As I sit in my office at work… on a Saturday… reading your blog, I can only be envious of you.  Other than a few months between selling one house and building another, I haven’t known what its like to be debt free in almost 30 years now…  That alone must feel really great!

    May God continue to guide you on your journey!

    And good luck Harrison in Drivers Ed!

  3. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkApril 28, 2012

    Thanks alot guys!

  4. Picture of Rose GodfreyRose GodfreyApril 30, 2012

    Can’t wait to see where you end up next.

  5. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 01, 2012

    Thanks Rose!

  6. Picture of David LDavid LMay 18, 2012

    Congrats, our house is under contract now, our family is planning to do something similar.  Congrats!

  7. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 18, 2012

    Thanks David - hopefully your experience will be as rewarding as ours has been.

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