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The Big Blue Bus Tour hasn’t looked anything like we thought it would when we conceived of the idea. It’s been almost 7 months since we took the biggest leap of our lives. Jake left the safety of a full time job, we sold our house, bought a bus, and hit the road. Why? Because we wanted to do something EPIC! Jake had the time between jobs, we had a little cash, and we wanted to spend the time with our family. Living on a bus sounded like just the ticket.

We thought there would be six months between when we sold the house and when Jake started training with his new job. We thought we’d park next to mountain lakes listening to birds chirp while we read books for days on end. We thought we’d eat only fresh foods from farmer’s markets. We thought we’d rise with the sun, gather as a family and go for a daily run. We had high expectations.

Instead, it’s been seven months and Jake’s training looks like it won’t start for another 6 months. We’ve had moments of camping in idyllic locations surrounded by trees and nature, but other times we’ve woke in a Walmart parking lot, or on a concrete pad amid a sea of other RV’s. We’ve had our share of fresh foods, mixed with plenty of fast food. Rising with the sun? Check. We definitely wake with the sun – a bus packed with windows definitely brings out the early riser in us. Daily run? Not so much. Though we’ve enjoyed lots of hiking, sightseeing, and now bike riding.

I guess like anything else, it’s been a compromise. Many really great picturesque moments, mixed with every day drudgery. So while it’s been more normal life than I thought it would be, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The last few months we’ve been focused on getting Jacob on his mission with not too much thought of what would happen afterwards. I was certain that as soon as Jacob was on his way, we’d hear from Jake’s work and we’d be finished with The Big Blue Bus Tour and on our way towards our new life.

Well, we heard from Jake’s work, but it wasn’t the news we expected. It looks like it will be another six months before Jake starts training for his new position. When Jake told me, I didn’t cry. But I did swear. My initial thought was, “How in the world are we going to make it another SIX months without work?!”

Later when we’d had a chance to process, I asked Jake if he was stressed about the news. His response was steadying to me. “No. The Lord is watching out for us.” It was as simple as that. Like I said, steadying.

So now we’ve sent Jacob off on his mission and we’re all back at the Country Home in Texas.

What now?

That’s the question of the day.

We had only expected to be at the Country Home for a week (two at the most). But divine providence had a different agenda. There is no question that our being here is a blessing from The Lord.

But the answer remains, what now? Six more months? Seriously?

Here’s what we are going to do. We’re going to continue to trust in The Lord. There’s no way we could have gone through what we have the last seven months without knowing that He’s aware of us. That gives great comfort.

We’ve decided to stick around Texas (at the Country Home) for the next two months. The Rodeo comes to Houston next month and we’ve heard it shouldn’t be missed! We’re going to use the time to do some work to the bus and finish some projects for Simply b that I’ve been really excited about. And if we’re lucky, I’ll get to photograph Miss B in a field of Texas bluebonnets! We’re going to spend May in Utah and Arizona. After that… who knows?

Perhaps the bigger question is not what we are going to do, but how are we going to afford to do it. We’ve been amazed the last seven months how The Lord provides. There is always enough for our needs.

Have you read Malachi 3:10 recently?

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

I have always had a strong testimony of tithing, but the last seven months it has been strengthened and I’m in awe at the literal windows of heaven that have been opened upon us.

I’m going to continue teaching A Day With Amy: Photography Workshops and taking family sessions. Near San Antonio or Houston? What about Utah or Arizona? Give me a shout and let me capture your family in a way you will treasure forever!

Meanwhile, I’ll keep writing our history. We’re determined to treat this time as a gift.

February 13, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Camille duckworth - I’ll host another workshop if you wanna come back!?

February 14, 2014 - 3:34 am

Jennifer King Johns - We are in when you come to Utah!!

February 14, 2014 - 3:34 am

Kimberly Tippets Lowry - What part of Utah are you going to be in? Are you going as far north as SLC.

February 14, 2014 - 4:24 am

Nels Peter Jensen - I’ve been in similar situations and I feel your pain! Somehow there’s an opportunity in this situation for more growth and prosperity (long term) than you’d experience without this challenge. It’s just finding it…

February 14, 2014 - 4:59 am

AnnMarie Mazuran Infanger - If you are in AZ or UT in June, we are also in

February 14, 2014 - 5:39 am

Annie Wright - Come to Southern California!!!

February 14, 2014 - 6:31 am

Pam Jack Shoemaker - Hi, Amy, I’m curious a out the country home in Texas. Whose house is it? Just wondering. And The Lord is watching over you. I know things will unfold in ways you can’t anticipate. You are doing your part and He will take care of the rest. Hugs from Oregon!

February 14, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Jennifer Johns - Wow Amy, your faith in Him is inspiring and I feel confident He has plans and more adventures in mind until “normal life” begins again. Thanks for the update, I look forward to more.. As usual. :)

February 14, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Shauna Adair Beynon - having a son on a mission, you will receive even more blessings…it’s crazy! It’s so hard, but rewarding at the same time :)

February 22, 2014 - 6:52 am

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February 23, 2014 - 12:08 am

Tania Schultz Murphy - Will you be coming to Tucson? Would love to see your family!

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