the adventure continues in Vail, AZ

arizona

This past month we sold our fifth wheel RV and moved back into our house in Vail, AZ. Our 20,000 miles around the country taught us a lot of things - one of which is gratitude. The more miles we put on, the more we appreciated the beautiful sunshine of southern AZ and the familiarity of friendship. Moving back into a house has given us peace as we look forward to the arrival of our third little … [Read more...]

Selling The RV

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Traveling fulltime forces a person to experience an unprecedented amount of change. "Consistent," "regular," and "predictable" are a few words that were absent from our vocabulary this year. We've know an evolving lifestyle that has changed who we are. Change is a positive thing. It provides new perspective and increased potential, but today we long to once again be settled. To live in the same … [Read more...]

An Update From Montana

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To date (since we left Tucson in February), we have driven about 17,000 miles. Here is a quick recap of some of the things we have done together as a family. So far: We have traveled through 26 States. We have learned a whole lot about RVing. We have volunteered with over 40 non-profit organizations. We did a project where we intentionally gave every day (as a family) for … [Read more...]

4 Traits of Effective Non-Profits

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To-date, our family has visited, toured, and/or volunteered with over 40 non-profits. We plan to continue to serve in similar capacities in the coming 5 months, but...at a slower pace. These four things seem to be characteristic of the more impressive organizations we visited. 1) Effective organizations hire the right people. Nearly every CEO and executive director that we interviewed was … [Read more...]

Big Prairie, Ohio

Big Prairie, Ohio

We arrived in Big Prairie, Ohio yesterday. We will be here a couple more days and then head to Cincinnati. As we head west, we are looking forward to more familiar territory. Here is a quick update about Give Every Day. The past 6 months have reminded us that giving happens first and foremost through relationships - with our family and local community (more on this later). As we … [Read more...]

Heading West: July – August – September

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It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 1/2 a year since we left Tucson, AZ. So far, we have volunteered with/interviewed over 40 non-profits, traveled through 14 States, and met amazing people. This Sunday (July 10th), we will begin our voyage west. Please continue thinking of us and praying for us as we travel, learn, and strive to stay true to our pledge. Leave a comment below if … [Read more...]

Day #150: Give Pause to Appreciate Freedom

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Today, we read parts of the Declaration of Independence to the girls and talked about our country's freedoms. Happy Independence Day!  … [Read more...]

Day #149: Give Your Family Rest

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***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Day #148: Give a Birthday Present To a Stranger

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We ate at a restaurant today for lunch. At the table next to ours sat a young man and his mother. They were both outgoing and struck up a conversation with us. It turns out, the mom had brought her son there for his 22nd birthday.  He had a cognitive disability and was excited to tell us all about whoopie pies and the upcoming fireworks show on 4th of July. As we were leaving, I wished we had … [Read more...]

Day #147: Give Your Host a Gift

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One of our favorite things we get to do as we travel is spend time with friends. This evening we had dinner at some friends' house in New Jersey. Our girls had a blast playing with their two similar aged boys. Before we arrived at their house, we stopped by Panera Bread and picked up some muffins. The girl behind the counter put them in a gift box and we gave them to our friends when we … [Read more...]

Day #146: Give a Gift for a Newborn

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Stephanie's brother and sister in-law just had their first baby. It's a boy! They live in Oregon so we are looking forward to meeting the little guy later this year. To say "congratulations," we wrote them a letter and included a gift card. We wish we were nearby and could bring them a few meals. That was the best thing anyone did for us right after each of our girls were … [Read more...]

Day #145: Give a Birthday Card

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October 2 is our World Vision sponsored child's birthday. He lives in Zimbabwe so it takes the mail a bit longer to get to him. World Vision always sends us a pre-made birthday card that we are invited to sign and mail back. The card is then delivered to our sponsored child for his birthday. In addition to signing the pre-made card, Kayla and Olivia worked on two special homemade cards … [Read more...]

Day #144: Give with The Clinic in Phoenixville, PA

Phoenixville, PA

Today, the four of us visited a medical facility that provides "quality health care to the uninsured." It looked just like any other doctor's office, but one thing was different - it is free! The Clinic was founded in 2002 with a goal to provide necessary medical treatment to people that do not have health insurance. Patients are asked to pay "what they can afford." Sometime that means they pay … [Read more...]

Day #143: Give to Annie

Annie-Willems

Congratulations to Annie from OR - this week’s featured giver and prize winner (gift certificate for Four at The Old Spaghetti Factory). Annie’s story: I don’t necessarily like to say what “I” give. I feel very privileged that I was given the vision and the passion to bless families who have babies born too early to survive. Whether a miscarriage or a baby born at 25 weeks gestation, those … [Read more...]

Day #142: Give Your Family Rest

NYC, NY

***We have committed to give our family rest each Sunday. Read more here. … [Read more...]