We are in a time of transition. It’s been an exciting time. And it’s been a challenging time.
For the first several years of our travels, Mike’s business as a web developer supported our lifestyle. Over the past year that work has dwindled. Mike was ready for a change anyway - so we decided to re-brand and remarket our talents as a content studio.
I’m going to be transparent here: We’ve had very little income for the past several months. We’ve had to dip into our savings and our reserves are looking low.
We question ourselves almost daily on whether or not this was a good move. We wonder if we will need to make a change in our current lifestyle.
We start to worry.
Then we hear the song of a bird.
And we are reminded that God provides for our needs.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?Matthew 6:26
I’ve known this verse and its surrounding verses since I was young. It wasn’t until this past month that the words actually took on meaning for me.
Over the past few weeks, God has provided for our needs and more.
We are camphosting for the summer season at an RV Resort in Durango, Colorado. Mike and I work 15 hours per week in exchange for our full hook-up site (water, electric, and sewer), wi-fi, laundry, ice, and discounts on gift-shop purchases. If we work over 15 hours, we are paid an hourly rate.
Miranda also has a job at the park. She runs the ice cream shop on the weekends, earning an hourly wage plus tips.
We are also surrounded by beautiful Colorado mountains.
Friends And Mentors
We are the youngest hosts at the park. Yet, we find that age doesn’t really matter when it comes to building relationships and becoming a community.
The age difference, though, can have benefits. One couple in particular are not only friends, but mentors. They have been through similar transitions and struggles in their lives and are willing to share with us. They model trusting God to provide for our needs and desires in His timing.
An Anonymous Gift
Three weeks ago I found an envelope in our mail cubby. I opened the unmarked envelope and found two hundred dollars inside. I had an inkling of who it was from. When I asked her about it, she gave me a hug and whispered in my ear “It’s from Jesus.”
That money bought our groceries for a couple of weeks.
The growing of a new business takes time. We have not signed on long-term clients, yet. However, some businesses have hired Mike for short-term content writing jobs that are both giving us experience and generating some income.
The day we arrived at this RV park, we visited the public library. We each signed up for library cards. Oh, how we’ve missed having the ability to check out books and movies. We are all voracious readers and we do enjoy a family evening of popcorn and a movie.
Two weeks ago, on the same day, we received two gift certificates.
The first was a “thank you” from a business discussion forum that Mike is part of. This Starbucks gift card provided a family time of refreshment and a morning date for Mike and I. The balance is large enough that Mike and I will be able to have a few more of those dates.
The second was a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Our friends enjoyed their meal there so much that they purchased a gift certificate for us. We are saving it for our anniversary next month.
Last week I got out of bed with a sore middle back. While making breakfast I had a muscle spasm like I’ve never experienced. I ended up on the floor unable to move.
I had Miranda help me roll over and get up. I contacted a chiropractic office in town and got Mike to drive me in for an appointment.
The chiropractor was able to adjust around the muscle, but the muscle was so inflamed that he could not work with it. He sent me home with instructions to alternate ice/heat to decrease the inflammation and to return two days later.
Chiropractic visits can be expensive.
But I was able to pay for the appointments with money we had put into a Health Savings Account last year.
A New Mattress
One of the contributing factors to my back pain was our mattress. When we first started traveling we invested in a very supportive foam mattress. The foam got a little weird, so we decided to replace it with a less expensive mattress. It was comfortable for about a year.
To extend the life of that mattress, we bought a topper. That was good for about 6 months. That time was up a few months ago.
When I told the chiropractor that I woke up with back pain in the mornings and it usually improved throughout the day, he suggested we look into getting a new mattress.
We called the mattress company where we purchased our first mattress and asked what it would cost to have a new one shipped to us. It was too costly so we started researching other options.
A couple days ago, Mike was in the office and heard a camper ask if we knew of a way to get rid of a mattress. She had just bought one for their RV, but her husband found it too soft for his liking.
Mike spoke up so now we have a new mattress.
One of the negatives of traveling is that we tend to follow spring - which means we are exposed to lots of pollen. This year my family has experienced worse than usual springtime allergies.
I also have had a plugged ear, some days both are plugged. This makes answering the phone and taking reservations difficult. It also causes occasional bouts of dizziness and vertigo.
One of the adjustments that the chiropractor did on my neck helped. Although I tend to wake up with a dull ear, it generally clears out quickly.
The pine pollen is heavy right now and we are still sneezing. The Claritin and Pseudophed aren’t doing the job. I decided that we needed to try a non-drug treatment.
Yesterday Mike and I stopped at a local honey store to pick up some raw honey and bee pollen from the area. Although the total of the purchase was a bit expensive, we felt it was worth it for our health.
When I paid for the purchase, I noticed I still had a Visa gift card in my wallet that I received at Christmas. The gift card not only covered the purchase, but still has a sizeable balance.
The honey store also had wine. We passed on buying some because it’s a luxury we can’t afford right now.
This morning our campsite neighbor moved. She asked if we were wine drinkers. They decided to forgo alchohol for a while so wanted to find new homes for the remaining wine they had.
So today we have a bottle in our pantry.
While we wish the business situation would improve faster we know these things take time.
We are staying positive. We have hope.
But - if you know anyone that needs great content for their website, drop us a line? Thanks!