We’re still living on the bus. In case you were wondering.
It’s been a learning experience and we’ve found a new saying. What was once unacceptable is now acceptable. We find opportunities to say it at least once a day. Sometimes more. Living on a bus changes everything. E V E R Y T H I N G.
I have a sister who is looking at going full time on the road with her family. They want to buy a 40 foot 5th wheel. She sent me some pictures and my first response was “I could live in that!”.
In a rig like that you can have all the comforts of home: a private bathroom (two actually!), your own bedroom, a full kitchen with a refrigerator and oven and even a washer and dryer. Their biggest hangup is getting a king bed instead of a queen. They really want a king, but it’s not common.
Compared to that our humble bus looks even more humble. Why in the world didn’t we do something like that?! It sure looks greener on that side of the fence and can I be honest? I’m jealous.
But I have to remember that when we started this whole thing we had originally looked at buying a travel trailer and truck. We could have had all the comforts of home. We chose not to. If we had done that we’d be on a whole different kind of adventure. Different and perhaps a little easier. We could have a bedroom door for heaven’s sake! But that’s just Jake and I. We never go for the easy road. Ever.
There is something that compels us to do hard things. Something about being different and not conforming. In the planning stages, that’s all great and dandy. “Let’s live in a bus!” we said. “It will be fun!” we said. In practice the reality of it is something we live with every day.
Every morning we make our way to a public bathhouse and wear shoes when we shower, Jake and I live with no bedroom door, no privacy. Our boys sleep in 27″ wide bunks – barely enough for them to lay flat. We shop every other day for fresh food because our cooler is the size of a shoe box. We heat our water in a kettle and do dishes in a bucket. At night I pee in a bag. We wanted different? We got different.
I just went back and read a post I wrote on July 10 – when we decided to live in a bus. I invite you to read it if you are feeling the least bit sorry for us. It was good for me to read. This life we are living right now was a conscious decision.
We wanted more than an adventure. Our life has been full of adventures. We wanted EPIC (remember?)! It had to be more than a road trip. It had to be something that challenged us, something different, something extraordinary. Well, we got it! Everyday routine is a challenge.
But while I detest walking to the bathhouse every morning (DETEST IT), I’m thankful that I can have a shower. It could be worse. And there are a couple things that make our burden light that we had originally though we could do without. Like our minivan. I’m SO thankful for our minivan! I’m glad that the bus is not our only mode of transportation. Especially after those few days in Eureka when the boys took the van and we were left with only the bus to drive to get us around! Also I’m so grateful that Jake didn’t pursue his original intention of having us wash laundry on a washboard. He went so far as to order the special soap. In light of that I can even be grateful for laundromats!
So while this little space feels really small sometimes, I’m watching our family grow. I’m watching as we overcome difficulties as a family. We have the bookshelf I wanted and we’re reading great books. We didn’t bring the piano. The thought of that makes me laugh. We haven’t had rain, but we’ve had gorgeous days filled with sunshine and hikes.
This life we are living is the life we chose. Someday it will be over. Someday it will be a memory.
As for my sister, her family will likely be on the road for a couple years. With that in mind, she deserves some comforts of home. And I can’t wait to meet them on the road and use her bathroom, bake cookies in her oven, and throw a load of laundry (or 12) in her washer. And when she’s been on the road forever and needs a break, she can come hang at my house and take a break from the small spaces!