17 years together – 2/12/20


So I’m sitting here drinking my daily coffee. Next week on February 12th Michelle and I will have been married 17 years. Simply WOW! It hasn’t all been good or bad. We’ve had very rough years that about ended us. But over the last 3 1/2-4 years we’ve grown closer and better friends, Best Friends. It took Christ in both our lives. And the understanding that we can and will have fights. Just fight fair. We both can be very head strong passionate people about things near and dear to us each.

We also learned over the years that “Happy wife Happy life” isn’t near as true as “Happy Spouse, Happy House” It goes both ways.

It’s crazy that we’re starting to make some major head way to our dreams and goals. Now that we’re on the same page. We both have wants and needs out of where we plan to go in the future. But in the end it’s something we want to share together. We both want to live tiny with less stuff more memories. We both want to build and live on a school bus. We both also want to figure out where in the country we want our roots to be planted.

See we both grew up here in Michigan. I was born here (Port Huron), Michelle was born in Colorado (Sterling). But do to poor choices in our youth, we never took time to figure out where we want to place roots. I’ve always wanted to travel and live off the grid. Michelle is much simpler. She wants to provide for us, in the way of food. Grow crops and animals. I love the mountains, forests and small towns. Michelle loves forests, small towns and the water. Who knows this crazy adventure that we’ll be taking off on in the next few years might lead back here. Or to some place so much better than we could imagine.

See we plan to travel for 3-7 years. Look, listen, experience the country. Go places we’ve only read about or seen in pictures. We don’t simply want the 3-5 day vacation. We want to take in the beauty of places. Yellow Stone and Devils Tower for example. We have visited both and love them. But we don’t simply want a day or 3 of visit. We want to stay for weeks or months and take it all in. Find those places in the mountains or desert that are far from anything and stay awhile. I want to get better at photography and get back to writing. Michelle she wants me and us to slow down and just Live life.

I guess what I’m saying is that all these things we aim to do. Couldn’t happen if we were fighting and hating on each other. It’s a team plan, a team dream. It’s Us Against the World! And with God as our couch, anything is possible.

As you can read, we’re happy together. We’re working and planning the same goal. Find the soil that we want our roots to plant in. Find a place that we WANT to call home. It’s a big world, and being afraid of it isn’t what we are. I’m more afraid of getting to the end and saying, “If only I had…………”. Instead, I want to get to the end and simply say, “Wow what a adventure it was getting here, I’m ready to come home God.” Your backyard is just the beginning.

We all should aim to lessen the “If only I had’s…” and experience life. We we’re not created to simply work, pay bills and die. No we were created to go forth, share the good news and love what God has created. Live life my friends. Don’t just exist in it.

So until next time, stay blessed and by all means keep on A.G.E.ing!!!

The path is in front of you. Are you going to take it? Or simply stay put.

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