First Stop – Family and Boston

Things I have learned so far~~

Everyone else on the road does not know that you are beginning an entirely new phase of your life. Nor do they particularly care. Oh Well.

The Walmart outside of Shrewsbury, MA cleans their parking lots with street cleaners around 3AM on Mondays. They especially like to circle RVs that are parked on their lot.

It’s good to get on the train to Boston at the first station. You’re almost always guaranteed a seat.

Boston IS amazing.

Being deployed to the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor is the 2nd best deployment in the US Navy. The first is working for the President.

Sitting outside under our awning visiting with Gary’s aunt and uncle is a wonderful way to end any day.

~~We’re hanging in this area (outside of Boston) for a couple more days. Hopefully we will get to see some additional family, and some of the other sights in this general area. Tomorrow we have designated to do some housekeeping and re-arranging of the life we have tried to fit into this RV. Oh, and I get to give Gary a hair cut. New adventures for us all!

Stay in touch, OK?

Isn’t rain good luck?

It’s 7AM and it’s raining. But the RV is packed and we’re headed out at 8AM to begin this awesome (and sometimes overwhelming) adventure. Lots of family here to send us off – and we’re planning on going to Church and then leaving from there. I know we will need a LOT OF PRAYER over these next months (and years?). Feel free to jump in at any time!
Lots of last minute items to wrap up (like finding the coffee), so I’m off and running!
RV there yet?

(I’m sure I’ll have kinks to work out of the internet connectivity, so I may not get a chance to post again for a couple of days.)

It’s getting close!

Today is my last Friday at work!  It’s so hard to believe that after 9 1/2 years at the same job (and six years after I gave my notice) the end is not only in sight, but right around the corner.  While walking away from the 8-5 job will not be hard, walking away from the good people I’ve worked with and come to love will be.  Even in our excitement about the adventure ahead, there is the reality of relationships that will be left behind.  I guess that’s why we have this website – so that we can stay connected to friends and family.
Moving on to a less melancholy tone…..
I think I should have left a little more time off to wrap up my life before we hit the road, but I’m sure it will come together – somehow!  This weekend is full of trips to the local thrift shop (with Garage Sale leftovers), packing the basement of the RV, figuring out what really will be coming with us (I know the cookie sheets won’t ’cause they don’t fit in the oven!),  and getting our records in order so if anything catastrophic should happen while we’re travellin’ about, someone could decode our passwords and really wrap up our life!
OK, so now I’m just plain morbid.  Guess I’d better get the “last Friday at Work” going and actually get to work!
=)

The Story Begins..

Big changes are about to happen at the Conrad’s!
In the last six years we’ve graduated three kids from college(Lara and Toby from Messiah College and Josiah from Lancaster Bible College) and one from graduate school (Lara from Ohio State). We saw our son Toby marry his college sweetheart, Tammy Howell. We became grandparents of a beautiful little girl named Eliana Grace, born in February 2003. (We even have another grandbaby on the way!). We’ve experienced the loss of our parents and have made job changes. Our kids have landed on the West Coast (Lara is beginning a job at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA), the Midwest (Toby, Tammy and Ellie are in Columbus, OH) and the East Coast (Josiah is still hovering around home base, but he’s spreading his wings nonetheless!) But through all of these changes we have (miraculously it seems) kept the vision that Gary approached Stephanie with all those years ago ~ “How about when the kids are out of college and on their own, we sell the house and the business, take a year off and travel around the country?”

Well, friends, the kids are out of college, the house is on the market, the business is winding down, and the RV is in the drive! Lord willing, on August first of this year we will become homeless and unemployed as we join the ranks of Full Time RV’ers. We’re calling it our sabbatical rather than our retirement. Like a bridge between our life as we know it and the life that the good Lord will be leading us to! We don’t know just yet how long the adventure will last – it’s been awhile since we’ve been together 24/7, but we’re hopeful that our 33 year old marriage will stand the test of togetherness.

We have a lot of details to wrap up, and as you can see, the clock is ticking! We’ll keep you posted as our pre-journey continues.

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!