How It All Started

We’re just your average American family.

I was 15 and he was 16 when his best friend and my best friend thought it would be a really funny practical joke to set up two completely opposite people and see what would happen.  Six weeks in we knew we were getting married one day.  5 years later, we did.  Joke’s on them – we’ve been best friends for 23 years and counting.

For 15 years he worked in oil while I worked at home. Three kids, homeschooling and all the stuff that wives and moms do is enough to keep you busy while kids do what they do:

grow up way too fast.

The computer geek just turned 20 and he’s impressing us as he works toward his engineering degree.

The artist is almost 16 and we have zero idea where she gets her talent because it isn’t from us!

The baby athlete is 14 and inspires us all everyday with his drive and determination.

Two years ago, when oil was crashing and thousands of people were losing their jobs, we took a big risk.  Ron was offered a job (one he hadn’t looked or applied for, mind you) in the place we had dreamed of retiring one day (the Texas Hill Country).  He took it.  We sold the house.  Our 1960’s house sold in SIX HOURS with two offers over asking price!!!  (Can you say meant to be?)  We packed up 2,000 sq. ft. and a lifetime worth of belongings and had them loaded up and taken to storage.  We bought a fifth wheel, parked it at a beautiful lake, and that brings you up to speed with where we are now.

We took a six figure per year pay cut.  
We left the only city we’ve ever called home.
We moved to a place where we didn’t know a soul except each other.

We squished ourselves into 450 sq. ft.  (I say we’re living like Europeans.)
We’ve paid off (or sold off) over $160,000 worth of debt in the last two years.  (We’re ALMOST FREE!!)
While Ron still works his “regular” job whenever they happen to need him (which isn’t very often)
we’re building businesses that make us excited to wake up and go to work together

Living small is making big changes in our hearts and we’re dreaming again.

Change is hard.
There is struggle.
There is pain.
There is the fear adventure of the unknown.
Some days we look at each other and ask, “Are we going to make it through this?  Will our marriage survive?  Are the kids going to hate us one day?”
Most days we just keep pushing towards our dreams of debt freedom, job freedom, location freedom and the ability to travel and give and create whatever and whenever we want.

We are in love with our lives.
This is our story.

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