« on: October 31, 2013, 05:22:58 PM »
This is only a test, He has a plan. Sometimes we don't know what it is but if you trust in Him it will be revealed soon enough.
I read your story over on BCM and it sounded like ours. My construction Business took a major hit in 2009 and 10 until I could not keep it afloat anymore after 45 years or want to even. Didn't know what we would do. We have always been survivers as we call ourselves.
The Bank was threatening foreclosure and we made that work 18 months in the house before we Short sold for another 3 months. Tried to find work anywhere, nobody hiring and to many people looking. Both self employed so no unemployment or handouts for us. Wife's company shut down (She was General Manager)so she got her Notary but that didn't bring in much.
We decide and I can't remember why I started looking at buses on the internet. Had never before. Then we went to look at 1 in Sacramento at a Bus company found this one. Now how would we buy it. We had used our 401 K's to make more payments on the house trying to save it and finally gave that up and then got hit with taxes on that.
So I sold my 2 year old Tundra truck and Utility trailer. Then we sold everything we had and donated all we could from the business for tax purposes and personal stuff to build up some savings. Some sold and other stuff just wouldn't go.
We finally bought the Bus with the truck money bankrupted the business and went to workcamping for 18 months until the wife hurt herself and broke her foot.
Then she had a very hard time getting in and out of the Bus so we ran into a friend who had a friend and he needed someone to take care of his Ranch 5 acres and had an old job-site trailer that was clean but needed some work. We could keep the bus there and work on it as needed. We had done some prayin at this point and now the signs were pointing us in this direction.
We moved into the trailer and fixed it up(the owners were in the property management business and had all kinds of materials we could use) 63 X 12 but also had a wheelchair ramp that the wife needed. Saved us 280.00 a month for not having to store the bus. I work the hours I want 5 days a week in exchange for the trailer while she is getting better. It has been 24 months and she still has pain but still getting better.
While we were in the bus like you guys we absolutely loved it. It was so comfortable and no House payment anymore. 2 of us and 3 cats, I built in lots of storage and we intend to get back out there some day when she is able to get in and out of it.
It was scarey and didn't know what we were going to do or where to go or where the next shoe was going to fall, but we had each other and found a lot of people out there who never thought they would be there in this situation like us but were and making the best of it.
so take a deep breath and thank God everyday for this new experience that a lot of people will never get to do and continue on your journey. Do a blog or keep a log of all the people and places, write a book. My wife goes to some estate sale and get old Tee shirts and cuts them up to make bags and scarves, etc. and delivers them to the shelters around the areas and re-uses a lot of material that is very cheap at these sale. We got most of our pots and pans at these sales.
Good luck you 2 and have a great adventure for a lifetime and know we are all out there 1000's of people are doing it and loving it. If you are ever in Northern Cali look us up.