Why We Decided To Live In A Fifth Wheel (With Kids)

Posted on Feb 15 2016 - 8:09am by Markell

trailerwithkidsThis weekend, we bought a fifth wheel trailer. 

And we’re going to live in it. Me, my husband, our three kids (4, 3, & 1) and our dog.

We didn’t make this decision lightly. We have weighed the pros and cons of doing this, prayed about it, and took a leap of faith. We feel really strongly that this is the direction we need to go in life. 

There are a few reasons why we decided to do this. 

1. Finances. My husband will be going back to school, and we want to be able to keep costs down. Living in a fifth wheel, especially once it’s paid off, will allow us to do this. We still plan on paying off debt, or at the VERY least, not taking on any more while he is in school, including student loans. If he has to take a semester or two off while we gather up funds, so be it. NO. MORE. DEBT. 

2. Freedom. We want to be able to have the freedom that comes with a house on wheels. We want to be able to go on weekend trips, and to be able to move if we want to. If my husband gets into a master’s program a few states over, we want to be able to just GO. 

3. Closeness. I know. It’ll be SO much closeness. But I do know it’s going to be good for us. I am going to have to change the way I parent. No more hiding when I don’t want to deal with life. Life will be faced. I know this is going to be tough in a lot of ways, but no growth ever comes from a comfort zone, and I’m excited about this part of the challenge. 

4. Stuff. We. have. so. much. stuff. Most of it is junk that we have taken with us on move after move. I see the hold that this stuff has on us and I am SO excited to loosen that grip. We don’t need STUFF to be happy, in fact I feel like we own so much stuff that it’s starting to own us. No more. 

5. Adventure. New places. New people. New experiences. I want my children to learn to love life and all it offers. I want to show them that it’s okay to be different. I want them to know that sometimes God asks us to do things that may not see like the “normal” thing to do, but we do it anyway. I want them to grow up with a close family, not one that hides behind screens locked in their rooms. Could we accomplish this in a house? Yes. Absolutely. But I feel like this will be a benefit of being in close proximity with each other. 

Here’s to adventure. Here’s to new beginnings. 

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  1. sororitylifetoarmywife February 20, 2016 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    My parents made my sister and me road trip warriors during our childhood. I love traveling, and you kids will have such cool experiences growing up with parents who take them on trips.

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