So first of all I just ant to apologize for all the bus silence.... I still have nothing to say and no pictures to share but NOT because of anything bad only good things... so many good things. Our house is on the market, we have had a lot of showings, and are hoping to be in the bus before winter (fingers crossed)! I've been getting a very mixed response to the bus and so wanted to explain a bit more of the why behind this. I feel like many individuals have judged our choice but not actually taken the time to realize how beautiful and freeing this will be for our family.
SO why a bus?
This question isn't the easiest to answer because there is no cookie cutter way of explaining why a bus. For us the bus is a pathway to experiences, freedom from debt, and the ability to be close together as a family. The bus though unconventional allows us to downsize and live our life without worrying about a mortgage, without my husband driving 2 hours round trip to work everyday, without having to prioritize our weekends.... The bus for us is freedom and a chance at life.
Understand that I am not saying the bus life is for everyone... and since we are so new to it I am not even sure myself how well it will work for us. I do know though that at the end of the day you can never go wrong with living debt free. For us the bus is a chance to have no credit cards, no mortgage, no car payment, no "standard monthly bills." The bus will have expenses and living in a bus is not cheap... but it gives us a chance to live well within our means and save a lot of money which will go a lot further than having a mountain of debt.
Coming into our marriage neither Ben or I had much debt and so the little bit we did acquire (even a mortgage) kind of bothered us... left us feeling stressed. The bus is the answer for us to living well while at the same time being good stewards of our finances and potentially providing our daughter and any other future children with a lifetimes worth of experiences and a financial base worth standing on.
Another factor that makes the bus huge for us is my husbands current commute. He works quite aways away from where we live and the housing market in Denver is out of control. We could choose to purchase a house and be literally "house poor" for the next 30 years. Or we could travel in a bus for a few years, save up all our money, and hopefully buy a house in cash someday.... setting ourselves and our children up for success. Obviously this is the ideal and I have no idea if that will even be feasible but I do know we will be closer together as a family and that alone makes this worth it.
Lastly the experience... I want my daughter to know life. To travel, to feel comfortable in the mountains, to feel at home in nature. I want us to live life, to have experiences, to not spend every day on the couch, or wandering around Target (not that there is anything wrong with that). I want hiking, fishing, kayaking, new cities, new foods.... memories. Babies aren't babies forever and we want to live as well and full as we can while we have her and so the bus is a tool that will hopefully facilitate a world of adventure and travel for our little family.
So thats us! In a probably both too many and too few words. We are a family, trying to make a radical change in our lives. To live free of debt, gain more experiences, and at the end be closer together. I know this isn't going to be easy, I know we have only just begun... but I hope you will continue to check in and join us on this journey. Sometimes you have to make the radical choice to bring about change, and obviously that looks different for everyone. For us it looks like an old school bus and a whole lot of wandering!
ps. thoughts, comments, questions.. always welcome! And if you have any ideas for the bus please feel free to share!