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Missouri to Arizona

So we made the move to Phoenix last week. It was a great trip. We split up the drive by stopping in Alamosa Colorado on Monday night to see my cousin and one of my best friends, Seth. We had some great Mexican food and a really good time just getting to spend some time with Seth.

We spent a couple days in KC to say some goodbyes and do some catching up before heading out.

Our great friends, Christian and Emily, let us stay with them for a few nights. Thank you guys so much! You are awesome!

Of course one of our first stops was Benetti’s. Kiersten and John we working bar. I got the best cup of coffee I had had in over six months. You guys are awesome!

The “boys” got to come up for the Renaissance Festival. Isaac, Luke, and Josiah. We are excited! So is Rachel…

Josh on his “ye olde communication device”.

Turkey legs! I had one too, but my hands were way to juicy to take pictures.

I’m not sure whats going on… Josiah looks like he is up to no good. And Josh (max), being miraculous, as usual.

Don’t mess with these guys… Obviously.

Isaac was fighting them off all day. 🙂

Are we lost?

We got to do some hanging out afterwords. Amy made cookies, like always 🙂Harrison, waiting for cookies…

We had a lot of fun and miss everyone like crazy already. I love you guys.

Stopped in Dodge City KS on the way to Alamosa CO on Monday.

This used to be Rachel’s Grandpas hardware store.

We drove from Colorado to Arizona on Tuesday. We had a really fun drive and took our time, and did some sight seeing along the way.

Oldest church in Colorado.

New Mexico!

I forget how much I miss mountains.

Its worth the drive to Santa Fe just for Lota’burger. Really.

Green chillies on your hamburger. Yeah,

Yep, I felt pretty awesome!

Thoreau would have been disappointed. No ponds… Pretty great view though.

Arizona, finally.

Don’t mess with the serious face!

Winslow AZ, just like the songs, and that’s it.

We did get a pretty tasty corn dog there.

We started training today. So we will be busy the next couple weeks.

We love you all. Thank you for being a part of our life.



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Moving…and all that it implies!

Moving makes one awfully busy! Especially when it’s not a normal move. Generally, the process of packing up all of one’s belongings into boxes and tubs is overwhelming and exhausting. Deciding to become truckers and then live in a camper on the few weeks you are home, adds a fun little twist to the moving dynamic.

Step one: Go through everything!

If I don’t need it (and I’m stressing the word “need” here), then it goes…but where to? Trash? Well that seems wasteful. Goodwill or thrift store? That seems like a better idea, and yet moving is expensive so what else could I do with all these items? That’s where step # 2 comes in.

Step two: Yard Sale

If I’m not keeping it, and it’s not a total piece of junk, then we sell it. In this case, there were many items we sold that, were we moving into anything besides a camper, we would have kept. Jacob had a TON of tools, decent – still in good shape – tools, that just won’t be needed for this next phase of our life…they went. I had a ridiculous amount of kitchen utensils and appliances. (Weddings will do that to you). So most of those sold, unless we needed them AND would be able to fit them in the camper. Needless to say we had plenty of things to sell.

Step three: Give

Following the final Yard Sale (which will be this weekend), none of the items that were meant to be sold will be returning to my home. We’ll pack up everything into a trailer and take it to the thrift store – never again to be seen by me (which gives me a genuine sense of peace and happiness…just sayin’).

Step four: Clean! nuff’ said.

It’s amazing how many things one has to consider when moving, and how it requires a reevaluation of every purchase ever made. Most days, I find it refreshing to get rid of stuff that you haven’t even used or looked at for the last 3-6 months. Other days, it’s overwhelming to have to make a decision about each item you own. Then there’s all the other planning required: scheduling to have the utilities turned off on your move date, transferring insurance, notifying EVERY account you have of your new address, planning the drive to that new address, figuring out where, when and how to get your new licenses, navigating the phone systems for all of these departments you have to talk to get this information (cause you don’t have internet and can’t just look it up), the list goes on and on…and the whole time you know you’re forgetting something, that you’ll show up at your new home and realize there’s something you should have done 1,300 miles ago.

But, in the end it’s all worth it to embark on a new adventure; to face the unknown of a new career, a new home, and a whole new lifestyle. The joy and happiness brought on by the impending adventure surpasses the exhausting work required to make it happen.


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10-4 Good Buddy

So as you may know, we’ve been living in Mountain Grove, MO for the last few months. Jacob found a job working for Ready Transport, I haven’t had any luck.

As excited as we are that he has a job, we really miss spending all of our time together. So…we started brainstorming possible job opportunities in which we could work together. The other factor we were considering was finances. Jacob and I are trying to pay off all of our debt as soon as possible, which is made more difficult when only one of us is working.

So, Jacob had an idea one day…what if we were truck drivers? They have team drivers, where two people drive so that the truck can go longer distances in a shorter amount of time (a truck driver is only allowed to drive 11 hours in a 24 hour period), and very often married couples will drive as a team. Most of the negatives associated with trucking have to do with time spent away from home and family – but what about when your family is on the road with you? Well, then your family is just getting paid to travel. We liked the sound of that! So I started doing some research.

In order to drive for a truck company, you have to go to truck driving school. Cost for truck driving school ranges from $1,900 – $3,900, a person. BUT, we saw on some forums that some truck companies will pay for the schooling up front and then you have to agree to work for them for a specified amount of time (13 months). We found one such company and after applying were accepted to their academy 🙂 So off to truck driving school we go…

Speaking of which – our school is located in Phoenix, AZ. We’re excited! We’ll be doing training in Phoenix and then that will become our home base. Our current plan is to buy a camper and live in it the 3 days a month we’ll be home. 🙂 We’re equally excited about this fact. In regards to debt pay off, we’ll have ALL of our debt paid off in less than a year! So far it’s been impossible for me to say that without smiling.

So if anyone has any trucking advice for us, please feel free to give it!


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“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis

This morning marks our last shift at the Weaver Inn. As our final hours dwindle down we consider our time here Mansfield, MO. Though short and riddled with obstacles, the time here was incredibly profitable. As newlyweds we were able to spend a full 2 months with each other, day in and day out. While this amount of time with your spouse brings its own challenges, the things that we’ve learned with and about each other as a result of this time have strengthened our relationship and brought us even closer together.

Upon accepting the position in Mansfield, Jacob and I began to wonder about small town life. Would we like it? Would it be quaint and cute? Maybe we’ll love it and resign to live is small towns forever. Will the people be more real, and down-to-earth? Will it encourage us to lead a more healthy lifestyle, in diet and activity?

The resounding answer to all of those questions, for us at least, was “no”.

Quaint: “Attractively unusual or old-fashioned” – Was Mansfield unusual and old-fashioned? Yes! Attractively so? … not so much. I don’t want you to think that we hate this town or that we didn’t like anyone we met here – that is not the case – we just found that, for the things we want in life, small town life just won’t work for us. We’ve met some great people and enjoyed much of our time. It’s just time for us to move on.

We’re excited to see what our next adventure will be and where it will lead us. For now, we’ll be spending the summer with his family, after that? We’ll see…

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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House Hunting

So you all know we are moving. I thought I would keep you updated on the house hunting.

I have always been a big fan of tree houses. Swiss Family Robinson and all.

Rachel has been talking a lot about beaches lately. I think I could live with that too.

There is something romantic about old Airstreams. And I have always wonted one.

I think a tent would work just fine. Great views! Guess as long as it doesn’t rain.

This is two of my favorite things! Campers and Bikes! But I’m guessing this would be more of a single guy kinda place. (according to Rachel)

And lastly. The dream house. For real.

So if anyone runs across a great deal on a tree house let me know. Or a camper, really though if you have a camper to get rid of hit me up.


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So we’re moving…again

I know it’s been over a week since we’ve posted anything, but we’ve had a lot going on here and we needed to get it resolved before taking it public. What do I mean? well allow me to explain…

We started here at the Inn a little over 6 weeks ago. Upon accepting this job, Jacob and I had several objectives or desires for our time here; paramount to all of them was our ability to spend time together. What we wanted for that time was to be able to enjoy the great outdoors together and spend some quality time with his family that lives 20 minutes away. Not far underneath these desires was the anticipation of running a bed and breakfast. We were excited for the opportunity to experience life as Innkeepers, to help the establishment grow, and to learn about this kind of business. I was also really excited that there would be a coffee shop since I really wanted to learn how to make good coffee (mostly I just want to make super cool latte art like this:

All of these desires were discussed in our initial interview with the owners and we were assured we’d be able to do those things.

Once we arrived in Mansfield however, we quickly noted differences from what we had been told. While our work load at the Inn was minimal, the 24/7 time expectation didn’t allow us to do the things for which we had moved. Really all we wanted was a freaking day off. SO, we resigned and are temporarily moving to a house on top of this hill:

with daily views like this:

The best part about this move is that we’ll be right next to his family – I’m pretty stoked about it.

Where will we go after this? Well I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned 😉


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Packing and Purging

So we’re moving…

From one small space (that doesn’t quite fit all of our stuff) to another even smaller space. So…time to purge. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked about this move. How often do newlyweds get to leave their opposing scheduled jobs to run a quaint little Bed & Breakfast?

This Bed & Breakfast, to be exact:

Understandably, I’m out of my mind excited…but now comes the packing…

I’ve moved enough times to know what needs to be done, and how much time needs to be allotted for each task. However, regardless of all this knowledge and experience, I still always find myself days out from the move and stressed by the mass of items that still need to be encased in cardboard boxes.

This time though, as we prepare to move into The Weaver Inn, I have committed to purging as much stuff as possible! Unfortunately, I’m a sentimental person, and what that means is, I have emotional attachments to most items. (I wouldn’t go so far as to say “pack rat” – but left unattended I could easily see that happening).

So…I looked all over the web for moving tips and packing/purging ideas or inspiration. What this search yielded me was some great tools to use while sorting our home.

These are some questions I ask myself when sorting through the junk of my life:

1. Do I love it?

2. Do I use it?

3. When was the last time I used it? (If longer than 3-6 months I purge)

4. Do I have some sort of emotional connection to this?

5. If so, Is it positive or negative? (If negative, purge)

6. Do I need it?

Overall, these questions have allowed me to consolidate and purge ridiculous amounts of crap out of my home! And, that’s not even the best part! Not only is it gone, but each time I get rid of something, I feel a little lighter! It’s like I’m released from the responsibility of keeping this unused and unwanted crap in my home. Now Jacob and I both know that the stuff we own has meaning, and worth, and the rest of the stuff we accrue from now on will hold the same value.

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