Morning world! It’s another Monday, indeed. I feel so bad for Monday’s, they are just so hated, yet to me they are a sign of new beginnings. It’s like a reset! It’s a reset because Monday’s are the day to start everything. You start your new diet on Monday. You start that new routine or that new schedule on... yep, Monday. You test out that new spiritual challenge you received Sunday on what day? MONDAY! You set the tone for your week, on the predominantly hated day that we call Monday. Oh Monday’s, I only wish everyone saw your full potential.
As hard as it is coming out of the weekend, having to resume the monotony of the week, Monday’s really can be a very special day. Since they basically represent the most difficult day of the S E V E N day week, that means they also hold the most possibilities, right? What is that old adage, “Anything worth doing never comes easy”? I bet whoever said that had Monday in mind. 😂
Anyway, since it’s Monday, and Monday stands for beginning again, I thought I would share more about our family’s California R E S T A R T; aka, Airstream/tiny living. I am not quite prepared to do a full house tour, as we are still renovating and designing, but that will come soon enough.
Anyone who knew us before Cali, knows we we lived in two different homes in Alabama, the first was before Sami came into our lives. In both homes we had three bedrooms, two baths, and with our second home we were blessed to live on 63 acres! Living the dream. Then Jesus called us to California... and we down sized from a full home and acreage to one medium sized bedroom for all three of us in a friend’s house. Crazy transition, right? It was honestly much easier than I ever could have imagined, which just showed us how much of a God thing this whole ordeal was. And little did we know at the time, it was also preparing us for the tiny living we were destined to partake in. But still... people thought we were crazy. And let’s be honest, it was crazy, but I like crazy! So we just moved from one “crazy” to another.
Omar will admit when the topic of Tiny Living first came up, his biggest hesitation to the Airstream move was simply how people would perceive us. I mean, the title Trailer Trash comes all too easy when you legitimately live in a trailer! Nevertheless, he knew God was calling us to this unique life style, and slowly but surely God chipped away at that small place of pride and turned it into genuine excitement. And now, he couldn’t care less about how people view our “nomadic” lifestyle.
I, on the other hand, have been into this unique style of living for a long time, but I never actually imagined I would be living the tiny life. I also had no idea how much stuff we could accumulate in 1 1/2 short years of marriage and what a challenge it would be to sort through the necessary vs the comfort and keep only what we absolutely had to have! I had no idea how much clothing I had! I had no idea how much I had that I definitely didn’t need! It’s remarkable what you learn to live without, and on top of that, what you never needed in the first place. Y’all, I don’t have an oven... and I make it by JUST FINE! My microwave actually doubles as a convection oven, but ask me if I’ve ever tried it. Ehh, nope. I don’t even have a toaster. I have become very proficient at toasting bread on my griddle though. And I’ll tell you something else, it’s dang good too! Haha
I understand that most people think tiny living could never work for them, and that is fine! This isn’t a sales pitch for going tiny. The most unfortunate thing I’ve found though, is there is such a stigma in society that space is a sign of wealth or status, when space is truly... just space. Tiny living doesn’t make you poor, and large living doesn’t make you rich. I know of plenty of people who work themselves silly for the “American Dream House,” yet hardly have any time to spend in this so-called “dream” because they are working so hard to afford the mortgage! That doesn’t sound very rich to me, it just sounds exhausting. Just read Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 here
Don’t get me wrong, I am not hating on anyone with ample square footage! But one of my greatest discoveries since joining the Tiny Living community, has been realizing how overrated space actually is. We live in an estimated 280 sq.ft. and we have more than enough space for the three of us. Even preparing for baby David, all the items we have for him have a place, and we still have room! We also take great advantage of outdoor living, which has been such a lovely addition to our day to day life. It basically doubles our space and allows us to enjoy the beauty of this remarkable state.
We DO have a small storage trailer which sits in a small town in the mountains, and it acts as a storage unit for us and any household items or clothing that we aren’t ready to part with yet, or that we’re saving for a future home that maybe has a bit more space. But even if we didn’t have that, I can almost guarantee that we wouldn’t even miss those things, they just happen to be convenience items. Giving up things and giving up space has opened our eyes completely to the fact that being together, spending time as a family, living within our means, and learning to love time over possessions are all precious, and extremely fulfilling things!
Now, I won’t say tiny living is perfect, it definitely has its down sides, as in, our bathroom is so tiny that trying to get in the shower with a pregnant belly is a challenge! You often hit a wall in the bathroom with your elbow while getting dressed. Trying to cook a full meal has some spacial challenges, as there is limited counter space. And even if your house is clean, if ANYTHING is out of place, you notice it! Haha! Then there is the yard space. Yeah, you ain’t got none and kiddos sometimes struggle with that. Nevertheless, like I mentioned above, you do have space beside your trailer in most parks and resorts. Additionally most places have plenty of open space dedicated especially for those active children. Like where we are currently, we have two lovely duck ponds with fountains, a pool, and a play ground. So wherever you are, you just learn how to work around all these things and it becomes second nature. You start to cope in the most effective way possible and it becomes second-nature.
I am sure this post hasn’t convinced you to move into a tiny house and that was not my intention, but it can’t hurt to have a better understanding of some of the positives and negatives of this newly popular style of living. We are absolutely loving this life and wouldn’t change our situation for anything. God has given us such a crazy story and it’s been such a blast to live it!
Just let me encourage you today, whatever life God has asked you to live, live it to the fullest. Learn to enjoy the challenges and laugh at the wild adventures that unconventional situations bring.
God bless you! If you have more questions about tiny living, be sure to comment or send me a message.
Hey y’all! I so wasn’t planning on blogging today but as I sit here watching Sami play with his truck and I’m polishing off the last of a pint of organic extreme moose tracks ice cream, I was moved to tell you about my morning... and a crazy morning it was indeed! It started off with us planning to drive up to a lovely, tiny town in the foothills of the Serra Nevada’s. We have a small trailer there which acts as a storage unit for the things which don’t fit in the Airstream, but we aren’t willing to part with yet. I have been doing some “nesting,” while preparing for baby two, and I had some things that needed to go up there, so Omar and I had gotten things together in our truck and headed that direction (it’s about a 45 minute drive.) We had to make a quick pit stop at Walmart and as we took again off something didn’t seem right with our truck. Normally it has no problems excellerating and with its V8 engine, and it’s sounds pretty good doing so, but all of a sudden... it started refusing to cooperate. 😐 I didn’t know what was going on at first, but soon Omar pulled off and let me know the trouble. Praise God, our first instinct was to turn off the car and pray. Man, you know that overwhelming sense of dread you have when you know something really bad may have just happened? Yeah... ummm imagine that but add those crazy pregnancy hormones and you can imagine my reaction. I wanted to cry, I wanted to have a panick attack, and I wanted to laugh, all at the same time. Okay, so the laughter may have been the kind of laughter you imagine in a film about insane asylums... but still. So we definitely needed to pray.
Omar prayed a really simple prayer, we turned the car back on, and decided to head home. If something was up, the last thing we wanted to do was get stranded on a mountain road with no cell service. As we start driving back, Omar begins testing the acceleration capabilities again and all of a sudden, things seemed normal. Granted, I’m over in the passanger seat holding my breath and scared silly that all of a sudden the truck is just gonna quit.
After that first try I am not convinced everything is fine, like what if the truck isn’t fine and something bad is still gonna happen, and the truck is just playing a nasty prank on us, giving us a false sense of hope? So I look over at Omar and ask, “So what are we going to do? Do we need to drive back to Antioch?” Antioch is where our mechanic is located, if you didn’t know, which you probably didn’t. Haha!
Now what most people don’t know, as a bit of a back story, is that we had quite an unfortunate tax season where we ended up paying a large amount of money that we were totally unprepared to pay and have since had to go into a small amount of debt. It’s unfortunate, but the bills are getting paid so God is good.
Anyway, now that you understand that ,the last thing we wanted to do is add to our bills with the possibility of a new transmission or some extensive mechanical work. So asking Omar what we’re going to do is more than just, “what do we do in the moment” but, “how are we going to afford this and what are our options?”
From the deepest part of my heart, it was more of a plea for some other option! We can’t stop driving our truck, as it’s our only safe means of transportation for all three of us together, and it’s also how we haul our Airstream, which is NO easy task!
Now one more quick back story, sorry 😐 At about 6am this morning I felt really prompted to pray for our finances and God’s supernatural provision and guidance. This comes at a very “exciting” time, considering the up coming bills that come with adding a new member to the family and paying what is left of our deductible. Omar was awake and we prayed together... after I had exhausted myself trying to work things out on my own, in my head. That method of working things out on my own rarely works in my favor. Haha!
So now, here I am, riding in the passenger seat of a truck which I’m afraid is a ticking time bomb, thinking about how much money we need, how we’re going to afford a new transmission, and praying the truck really is okay and it’s not just teasing us... At this point Omar looks over and says something that moved my heart to the core and caused my faith to grow like Jack’s beanstalk. He looks at me and says, “We’re going to be fine, God knew.”
“Huh?” I ask.
“If our transmission is bad, God already knew it.”
And that’s when it hit me, hard! God knew before the very foundations of time if our very important hauling truck’s transmission was going to go out. God already knew our financial situation. God already knew we couldn’t afford a new transmission without adding to our debt. God knew.
You may be reading and going, “Okay sure, God knew. But why does that matter?” I’ll tell you why, because God knew, He also knows how to provide. He know what we need, He sees every situation and He has promised us that He will never forsake us! Jesus was speaking once and said, “if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will God give good gifts to those who love Him?”
Y’all, that’s what struck my heart to its core! God knew we may have an issue, and Christ already had a remedy. He knows what we need, and He will give it to us when the time is right. Does it mean we won’t have to go into debt? Maybe not. But it does mean that God will give us wisdom to know what to do to honor Him and give us a plan. What if we were going to be in a car accident on our way up and kept us from going? What if I was going to have some complication with my pregnancy, an hour from any sort of hospital? What if God just wanted to increase our faith and have us pray in earnest? What if there is something even bigger than I can see? I have been walking with God for 19 years and never once in those 19 years has God failed to provide for me or hold me. Yes, I’ve walked through hard places, I’ve had hurt, I’ve struggled, I’ve failed. But never once has He not come through.
Just 6 months ago, we were searching high and low for this truck and a trailer for us to live in full time! We didn’t know how we were going to afford both. We knew God called us to step out in faith, but faith ain’t always easy. Can I get an “Amen”? And then out of the blue we get a call offering us a beautiful, limited edition Airstream trailer... for free... Yeah, that’s not something that happens every day, ya know? We call it a reward for believing God to be faithful, and indeed He has been.
So, I just want to encourage you today with our little morning story. If you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances, or confused about why these crazy things keep happening to you, remember this, God knew. The Creator and Savior of the world already knew your circumstances and He will come to your rescue. Believe that He is faithful, and I can guarantee He will reward your faith!
So where are we at now? We drove the car home safely, with no problems accelerating, might I add. We ended up going to a fun truck show, located at the Amador County Fairgrounds, which is where the picture above was taken. We have had a great afternoon together! We have tried the truck out again with no issues. It doesn’t mean there isn’t something wrong, but at least we know, no matter what...God knew.
Have a great weekend, friends!
HELLO BLOG WORLD! Man, I know it’s been forever... ugh! Pregnancy, moving, adjusting, changing, becoming... all those things seem to be real time stealers. But honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Our current situation: Right now we are living full time in our 34’ Airstream Excella 1000, we’re blessed to be living in beautiful California Wine County. No, not Napa, there is actually a lot more wine country in California, outside of the obvious. We are residing in Amador Country (I hadn’t heard of it before we moved either.) And we are loving the kind folks, the lush green farm land, and the temperate climate. Honestly, I cannot complain.
I am 8 months pregnant, entering into my 9th month! Crazy! If I have an early delivery, we may be parents to two under two in the next three weeks. Wild, huh? This pregnancy, although different than Sam Bam’s, has been graciously uneventful and pretty straight forward. I was able to travel well, with a toddler across the country, three weeks ago, and I didn’t die! Haha! I cannot complain.
Point of interest: So, I was debating about how much to share of our current situation, but I feel like for the past 12 months this blog has taken a large chunk of my time, which makes m feel like it’s important to talk about G&C’s future.
I started this blog as a creative outlet with mostly just fashion on the forefront of conversations. But as times change, as I change, as my family changes and develops, fashion is no longer a satisfying or fulfilling topic for me to share my heart. God has opened up incredible doors for the past five years of my life, while continuing to do so even now. Why, in a world full of hate, vanity, self-loathing/self-loving, chaos, and disaster, would I not share the beautiful handiwork of God that is His plan. Sure fashion is nice and lighthearted, but the world is so much broader. I really felt lead to talk fashion for the first 9 months of this blog, but now, God has surprised me and asked more of me than I initially expected.
I want to talk about the Path of God. I don’t mean that the path God has taken our family is the path He will take everyone, but I do mean that allowing God to write your life story is the most exciting, satisfying, and beautiful experience you will ever be allowed to have. Sure, dreams, goals, and five year plan do help satisfy our need for control. But let me ask you to think about what happens when those things don’t go according to plan?
There is the old saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Let me tell you, with God, I believe that is utterly untrue. I don’t mean that you just go with every whim and follow your wicked heart wherever it leads. But the saying I believe fits a Christian’s life a bit better is, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
If you are following the Lord, you may think you have that five year plan down pat! But it is God alone who can establish your steps! If He says, “go this way.” You better believe “this way” will be firmly established for you! “Your way”? Ehh, maybe not so firm!
For example, Omar and I have planned our ways when we knew God was opening the doors to marriage, and God established that. But getting to that point was only by the grace, favor, and handiwork of Jesus in our lives. Omar and I planned our ways when we chose to forgo birth control and allow God to plan our family. And God has so lovingly established us with one gift inside and one gift outside my womb, currently. Omar and I planned to leave Alabama and move to California, because God had established us to do so, and we couldn’t be more grateful for every door that has been opened for us!
But we never made a “plan”! In fact, when we moved to California every “plan” we had was set up by God without our help! We went because God said, “Yes.” And that was all the planning we needed.
For some of you, that may sound absolutely ridiculous, but let me remind you that even Jesus didn’t have a place to lay His head (Luke 9:58). A pretty big planning failure, huh? Following Jesus isn’t just rules laid out before you. It isn’t always clean and simple. Sometimes we get dirty, we get tired, we get overwhelmed! And that’s okay, because the God I serve cleans me up, gives me rest, and calms my storms. We don’t just flippantly go which ever way the wind carries us, we prayerfully consider every door, but we have chosen to surrender to the Will of God for our lives. Even in, what some would deam, “our crazy lives,” we are at peace because we’re following Jesus.
And this is just the beginning of our story. God has laid on both Omar’s heart and mine, that we need to share it. And how great is it, there is already a platform, namely, a little blog called Gold & Charm.
So over the next few months we plan on sharing more with you, for the encouragement of the Body of Christ, and for the glory of the great God we serve! Along with this will come some of the new doors we are walking through in such things as “ol’ faithful” aka fashion, plus food, health, and travel.
Welcome me to the new adventure! I love you all! Thanks for going with us.
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