DW has announced her retirement date 12/30/10. Yikes! That is just 38 days away. That we are one step closer to achieving our dream of traveling this great country. So what is she going to do while waiting for me? Well for starters, she will be in charge of our downsizing project. We have "stuff" that we will no longer need once we hit the road. I am certain that she will be an expert on using Craig's List.
While that is exciting news, it finally hit me that our income is going to drop. Then in less 12 additional months it will drop again when I retire. Somewhere in all of this we have a house to sell along with a Mustang convertible and Suburban, plus a lot of stuff to dump. Then we have to purchase a truck and 5th wheel RV to live in and still end up debt free. That is a tall order. So I did what I normally do, I got nervous.
I accidentally stumbled on to a cool RV Blog http://www.rvthereyet.org/. As I started reading this blog I discovered that Gary and Stephanie have been traveling with SOWERS (Servant On Wheels Ever Ready). I had considered this group but just was not sure how this would work out. So I sent Stephanie a comment on the blog inquiring about their experience with this group. A few days later I read her response just before I left my office. I was overcome with such a deep since of a God's presence that had a simple message for me. God spoke is a small voice that said "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."(Jer 29.11). Tears welled up in my eyes. How could I possible be nervous about embarking on a journey that God has prepared for me?
All I can say is, "Thank you Stephanie, for being a vessel that God would use to speak to me. I look forward to meeting you and Gary as we travel that road.". For the rest of you, I encourage you to read about Gary and Stephanie on their blog. They have been doing this for 6 years now and have a fantastic story to tell.