How Living Simply Inspires Gratitude

  When I was younger I correlated lack of possession with identity. If there was something that I did not own that others did, I felt resentment, jealousy, and desire. Even if I was able to buy that *thing* that was so special, the happiness would inevitable fade, and I would find myself back at […]

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Review: 2013 Casita Freedom Deluxe

Last weekend we drove 8+ hours to Superior, WI and bought our first travel trailer, a 2013 Casita Freedom Deluxe from Superior Campers. It was a trade-in, and the dealer owner said he has not had a Casita on the lot in the 41 years they’ve been opened. We truly lucked out to have found […]

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Big News!

Tomorrow we are driving into Superior, Wisconsin to pick-up our first travel trailer, a 2013 Casita 17′ Freedom Deluxe. We are so excited! The girls have no idea, and I cannot wait to see the look on V’s face when she realizes we actually get to take this one home instead of leaving it on […]

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Planning For Part-Time Travel

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about our plans for traveling as a family. Initially we thought we would travel full-time. Kirk would take 3 month speech rotations, and I would continue to teach online for a university in Oklahoma. That was the game plan until we moved to Indiana to pursue the next stage […]

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Why We’re Not Buying a House (right now)

One of the most common questions we’ve gotten since moving to Indiana is whether or not we are going to rent or buy. The second most common question concerns where we work and what we do. These are such normal questions but every time I’m asked, I simply do not know how to respond. Sometimes […]

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The Benefits of Multi-Generational Living

First things first: this topic is neither sexy nor exciting, but multi-generational households are on the rise. I should know–my family and I are currently sharing a house with my parents. And what may seem isolated to millenials who can’t find jobs or lazy bums who never moved out of mom and dad’s house, is […]

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Creating Order | A Streamlined Life July Update

Oh goodness, I’ve got another (not so exciting) update for you: We’ve lived here in Northern Indiana for a little over a month now, and we’re finding that, while our lives are a drastic change from before, much of it has fallen into a more predictable and familiar rhythm. Kirk has been at his new […]

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How We Fit Everything We Own in a 6’x12′ UHaul Trailer

When I think of all of the steps it took to plan and prepare for this move, nothing was more daunting than setting a goal of pulling our belongings in a tiny trailer. It was an audacious goal, and we changed our minds several times over this past spring. Price-wise, we weren’t saving much money […]

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The Best Laid Plans | A Streamlined Life June Update

Hanging out at the beach, trips to the marina, hoofing it everywhere and trying new restaurants, stores, trails, you name it: we are loving the new place and loving the fun (ok, and sometimes stress) that comes with exploring and adapting to a new lifestyle. Although they both struggled with the big change initially, both […]

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