From the Frying pan into the Fire.

3/5/2019

Hey all, sorry been awhile since last update. But I thought we’d have wonderful news by now. But that so far isn’t the case.

Early February we did get into a place of our own. But we are on a slippery slope. See we banked on having our income tax to get us out of a hole. We have started calling “our $3000 hole”. Since August we have been in a constant loop of being behind by $3000.

A few facts about where we are right now. Northern Michigan flat out sucks for income. No one seems to pay worth anything. Example of that I’m making $11 per hour LESS than what I have for the last 6 years. My wife can’t even find a full time job.

You hear all this talk of hot job markets. And tons of jobs. Yep if you want to work 90 hours a week and only get paid $10-11 per hour. It’s so sad. We are right now working class poverty. Moving isn’t even a option at the moment.

See our son Xaiver is finally out of special ed classes. He’s active in school and doing wonderful. Better than he has in all his school leading up to High School.

So that leaves us up here till he finishes school. How? No clue. We slide backwards everyday farther and farther. With April 1st being a dooms day of sorts for us. At that point without big change I see no way of getting out of our hole.

We do still want a skoolie and even planning for one. But with no money for one it’s kind of a pipe dream.

Who would have ever guessed that following our dreams would cause so much struggle. As a family we are stronger than ever. In our faith we are still holding strong. Sure it’s a struggle to have faith in this all but it’s there. Sure I’ve had screaming matches at God. But I still believe he will come through.

When, where, why and how are still to be seen.

But we will survive Because that’s what we do. We will pull through somehow. I guess it’s only a matter of time before God puts our helping hand in our path.

So till next time, keep A.G.E.ing and God bless!

Happy New Year..

1/7/2019

Hello again. Been sometime since our last update. Not really much new. We’re still aiming to stay in Northern Michigan for at least the net 3-5 years. Longer with a mix of travel if we can get a few ventures up and running.

For any of you all following us on FaceBook you probably have picked up on hits that we’re working to launch “A.G.E. Outdoors – Trail Running Tour Guides” (Name is still being looked at). We’re in the early stage of planning but with a bit of blessing and luck we’ll be up and running by June 2019. Look ahead for more info on this venture in the near future.

We are also working to re-brand our vinyl business. And taking Frank and Shelly’s Vinyl to FnS Creations (Finesse Creations). With a new host of products and options. More on this in the future, but we’re looking at many options.

We still are working to getting back in a place of our own. But that is slow going at best. I myself (Frank) have been less than successful at landing a job that’s much more than min wage. But we’re staying focused and Praying that all turns around for us.

We do feel very blessed that the Gillette’s have taken us in. Given us a place to call home and made us apart of their family. Without them right now we’re not sure where we’d be. But the blessings that this family brings to our life has greatly improved our view for the future.

Not to take anything away from Julia that gave us a place when we first returned to Michigan after our “Floundering” full time RV life. Thank you Julia you gave a a great safe stop over too.

Life for us since June truly has been interesting in way we could have never expected. But from a family view point. I don’t think we would change any of it if we could. It’s a fresh look at life and a clean start. Sure it’s not easy but good things never are. And blessing are flowing through us and to us. We just have to remind our selves from day to day that “We’re not God, He is..” And the with this season will come a harvest of fruitfulness. We’re just warming up.

So until next time. Stay Blessed and Keep on A.G.E.ing!

Rage Against the Snow 2018

Home Steading

9/21/2018

Well as this year has been about change and direction. So has our life goals. For instance seem doors to leave Michigan have been closing at a alarming rate. So through my wife’s presidency to get me to stop and see what’s in front of us. We started looking at land up here in Northern Michigan.

And as luck would have it, as soon as I stopped embracing the crazy and started to look around there it was. The parcel of land that is about all we could want or need to build our Home Stead on. 4.5 acres at the right price and on a land contract. All we need to do now is to put together our down payment of $2000 and it’s ours. So please feel free to use our donate button. We could surly use the help about now.

So what lies ahead? Getting the down payment first and foremost followed by a camper to get us out on the land. Than we will embrace our current jobs and start building from nothing into something. Goats, chickens, gardens, fruit trees, berry bushes and a Tiny home are all in the plan.

You might be wondering if we left plans to travel or build a skoolie behind. The short Is a resounding NO. The land will give us a place to build a skoolie with no finish date. And free ya up to travel in a few years. So there is still plenty of adventure for us ahead. Just not what we thought when we hit the road back in July.

So if you feel compelled or driven by God to help us out. Do so. God knows we could use a bit of help in this crazy thing we call life.

So until next time, stay bless and keep on A.G.E.ing..

Where we are today

9/17/2018

Well a lot has changed this summer both good and frustrating. We aren’t on the road as planned. And as of a few weeks ago we won’t be living life on the road anytime soon.

See sadly since all the issues that stopped travels dead in their tracks. My beautiful wife has been dealing with health issues from a unknown cause. This has caused us to drastically rethink our future plans.

What we do know is we will continue this blog. Although it will change in what we share and our life direction. There will still be travels and trips. But they will be shorter. We do know that at some point we will be relocating out of Michigan. Details are yet set in stone but when they are we will inform you all.

Will we ever get to “bus life” of “full time RVing” again? We don’t know. What we do know is right now we are looking to get back into a “stick and brick” house. Learn more and build more for a future Home Stead.

We will continue with Jeep life, church life and helping others. There will be drone videos of where ever we are or go coming. Not sure I let it be known but shortly after our failed launch in July we picked up a Mavic Air drone. Takes sweet vids and pics. I just have been so worried and directed elsewhere that I haven’t taken tome to edit anything I’ve done.

So it’s been a season of change for us. No where near close to what we had in mind when the year started out. But it’s been a season of change.

So till next time. Stay Blessed and Keep on A.G.E.ing….

How we are and where we are at.

7/25/2018

 

Well for all those that saw on FaceBook and our last post. We are back in Michigan, Fife Lake area. The reality of the lose of our loved Voyager. Has really started to set in. We are looking for work to reset. The currant plan does call for a “Skoolie”. It’s just more “us” and free. But before that can happen we first must get some funds back in the bank.

We learned alot about RVing and trip planning in our failed launch this year. #1 do your research on your route! That is by far the biggest thing that we learned. #2 if the deal sounds to good, it is. See we paid a shop that’s pricing seemed to good to be true. In turn it was to good cause then never did the work they were hired to do and charged us for.

And that’s just the beginning. See we broke all our own rules when we launched. Sure we really wanted to Workamp in Colorado. But we had to drive long hours, faster than we wanted to and not enjoy any of the trip out west. We made Colorado from Northern Michigan in 3 days. And we never took any freeways. WI will say we found that there is alot more to Nebraska than we thought. And we look forward to going back there.

So as of now, we are where we are. Xaiver is playing High School Football up here for Forest Area. And we are helping our friend get her campground up and going. In return we have a place to stay and build our Skoolie.

And for those of you still looking for more info on our YouTube channel. There is stuff still coming. We have several hours of video that my lovely wife is working on. We also do have our Mavic Air drone and been working on our flight skills. We will have a few flight videos coming soon too.

Sadly though we have not got hiked, fished, biked or wheeled near as much as we would like to. But you all know that life can sometimes toss you a curve or two. And right now we are living a curve.

So in case you all are wondering “Do we regret our planned launch and mishap?” Not at all. We shot for the stars and got the moon. We in no way are giving up on this dream. If anything just getting to see, feel and know their is so much more out there. That has us pushing harder, planning better and thinking stronger. We can do this. We will do this. It’s just going to take a bit longer. But you know, that isn’t all bad. Cause we get to also help a good friend out in the mean time.

So till next time, Stay Blessed and Keep on A.G.E.ing

Dreams

7/13/2018

I’m sitting here in a Hotel room on our return trip to Michigan. And something I said earlier in the day keeps ringing in my head. “Dreams, not all reach for them. But we tried for the stars and only reached the moon. So time to reset and try again.” Seems many of been very surprised that our little set back hasn’t completely discouraged us from this “Full -Timer” life style. But in reality I think it’s propped us up even more. It’s shown us what we were doing wrong in our planning. It’s showed us what we really needed in a RV.

Sure we’re headed back to Michigan, but it’s to reset and regroup. We found that our setup was WAY off from what we really needed. That we had things we didn’t need and needed things we didn’t have.

We will launch again next year. Either on the 4th of July or Labor Day 2019. But we will do this. We will be working harder to both Get FnS Vinyl up and running more as a income and less as a hobby. We also are looking to launch a hand crafted store. And the real fun part. Shopping, buying and building our Skoolie.

We know that not all RV parks will let skoolies in. But if they don’t want our money than we don’t want to stay there. We also plan to build it completely as a stand alone off the grid camping machine. We’re talking full on solar power to do it all. Compost toilet, filtered gray water system and more.

See Voyager had issues with heat, cooling and generator running every-time you needed it to. Heat well you couldn’t get it to cool down with out a shore line to run the AC. Cooling the cab AC was in need of some repair. And well the generator just simply needed a servicing. All things that made a cross country trip in 100+ temps very uncomfortable to say the least.

So project “Koolie Skoolie” as we have been calling it. Is in it’s planning and shopping faze. We have a lead on a few different buses. SO who knows currant plan calls for us to at the very least buy the bus with in the next 1 to 2 months. So if you want to see it happen faster Please by all means click and donate to the cause.

Well until next time, God bless and keep on A.G.E.ing

Almost 2 weeks out and troubles have struck

7/10/2018

Hello everyone,

Here we sit almost 2 weeks out and broken down and in the shop for the second time. Boy are we learning as we go. You never can be to prepared on this kind of adventure and Poop happens. Break down 1 was from a repair shop NOT doing a good job and left the cotter pin out of a castle nut on a tie-rod end. And now break down 2 is a tranny issue do mainly to a Motorhome that was much more worn out than we had seen.

But we’re still smiling and looking forward. Our plan direction has changed some. See we now know that our currant Motorhome is more un-safe than safe when it comes to travels. So currant plan calls for us to head back to Stonewood Ranch. I’ll pull a job near there and we’ll start a gang buster pace to build a “Kool Skoolie”. We are less worried about campgrounds not letting us in and more on enjoying our travels.

We have also learned (the hard way) research your travel routes better. Our motorhome died on what is probably the deadliest road in the lower 48, I70 between Eisenhower pass and Vail pass. Being a Jeeper and loving adventure I was even scared driven our Jeep on this road way. But you live you learn and you evolve. So that we will keep moving on. And today I do have some pictures for you all.

And that is from Michgan, threw Wisconsin, into South Dakota, into Nebraska and finally to were we are held up into Colorado. Alot of beautiful sites. Because we were on a fast pace (broke all our own rules) to get out here. We didn’t get much in the way of drone videos but going back will be more on our planned pace of no more than 4-6 hours drive each day. More to come all. We are also working on a few reviews of things we use (camera, new and our old drone and other stuff).

So till later God bless and keep on A.G.E.ing….