[Re]Introduction

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It’s been a while. So long in fact, I think it’s time we re-introduce ourselves.

We’re the Schabers.

  • Family of three
  • Perpetual nomads
  • Dream doers

Family Design

Our family started over 16 years ago when Tricia and I (Lou) were married. Following tradition, we bought a home and began our lives the way so many do: house, cars, jobs, church, and the list goes on. We we’re young, in love, optimistic, and ready to conquer the world.

Fast forward a few years and we we’re fortunate enough to be blessed with Nevaeh, our miracle daughter. The stuff didn’t seem as important as it once did. Sure, the house and cars were newish, but this new bundle of life overshadowed anything we could have purchased.

Then life moved on. My job progressed. Tricia stayed home with Nevaeh. We accumulated more things. We did life.

Then there was a spark. An idea that started a fire inside of us.

Did we have to keep doing normal life? Was there another option? What did it look like?

Nomadic Choice

We love traveling. Enjoy every opportunity we have to pack up the car and take a road trip, visit friends and family, and explore new places. These mini-adventures have created some awesome stories in our family.

So, we made a decision. Tricia had this crazy idea that we could turn these little road trips into a permanent lifestyle.

Do people really do that?! –Me-

Yes, yes they do . . . Families on the Road & Fulltime Families

We longed to become unstuck. Not unstuck from responsibilities, but unstuck from the trappings that were making us complacent. Doing life was no longer an adventure.

Yes, we understand that adventure can be found anywhere. But for us, the time was right to really shake things up. We wanted to see more of this great country, we wanted to dare greater, and we wanted to learn and experience all this first-hand.

Now there were many inciting circumstances, instances that pushed us to really want to make this change . . . but I won’t bore you with those details.

This was a choice. Nothing forced upon us—unless, of course, you take into account we forced ourselves into this new reality.

 

Dream Catching

We spent so much time dreaming about making this happen . . . Years in fact. Researching RVs. Plotting our launch. Stalking others on Facebook (ahem).

Heck: We even put together an eBook on all the questions we had about RVing and the feedback we received (feel free to grab it above).

It seemed real, yet so far off. Time slowed, and we began to become numb to the idea. It was so real, yet just out of reach.

It was as if we were being tested to see if we really wanted to see this dream become a reality.

So, we jumped. We jumped into a different way of doing life.

This past June we pared our belongs down significantly. We reduced our living space by 80%. We became mobile.

We finally grabbed onto our dream. For us, it was an RV and a truck. Nothing special, just a new way of doing life.

TheUncommonRoad at Bill Frederick Park Orlando. Image of fifth-wheel and truck parked.

Something peculiar happens when you catch a dream. New realities open up. Opportunities present themselves. The impossible begins to look possible.

 

Creating Chapters

We all have a story to tell. Words on a page put there by actions today. Scripts that unfold in conversation. Scenes that play out in reality.

It’s up to us to tell our story. No one else will do it for us.

We’re just three characters in this big jumble, trying to add better chapters to our story.

We’ve only been on the road for a few months now, but the experiences have been overwhelming and encouraging:

So this is us. A family of three who recently launched into the unknown. We’re gonna keep moving forward, and hope to take you on this journey with us.

 

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