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A Few of My Favorite Things & More

We have had a VERY eventful week which resulted in our tiny home getting even tinier (well, it feels tinier anyway) and some very unforeseen circumstances.  Honestly, there’s so much to tell that I’m not sure where to start.  So…  I guess I’ll start with the “& More” and then wrap it up with “A Few of My Favorite Things”.

First of all…  Where in the world are we?  I’m starting to feel more and more like a full-timer as more often than I care to admit, I will literally stop right in the middle of whatever I am doing feeling totally stupefied and think “wait…  where are we?  Although we are leaving here tomorrow, we are and have been in Alabama for a full two weeks now and we are staying in…  you guessed it…  yet another state park.  This one is called Wind Creek State Park and it is located in the historic town of Alexander City, which is about 40 miles north of Auburn.  First, here are some pictures from inside the state park.  Remember, if you click/tap on a picture, they will get larger for better viewing. 😉

We have never previously spent any time in Alabama.  Although it still looks very much like the south (SC/NC/GA) it has lots of farmland on gently rolling hills.  It has a distinct country look and small town feel which we love.  Here are some pictures from around this area in general:

Last weekend we wandered down an old dirt road to find the most beautiful picnic spot imaginable.  We pulled off and truly felt as though we were the only people on the planet.  Looking one way we had a hilltop view of Lake Martin and looking the other was an expansive view of the beautiful rolling hills.  It was a moment to remember.

Now to even more of the more…  Last Sunday I ended up driving 5+ hours from Alabama back to Greenville to pick up my oldest granddaughter, Saylor.  Her mom is a single parent and is struggling right now financially and in other ways.  We all three (Greg, Elijah and I) felt the Lord clearly telling us (nope, He didn’t ask – he told) to offer to take her for the summer.  We just finished up with Elijah’s homeschool for the year so the timing couldn’t have been better.  We knew this would give our daughter an opportunity to get back on her feet and to save some money since she won’t have to pay for day care or any care of her daughter for the summer.  So…  I drove down on Sunday and drove all the way back with my granddaughter on Monday.

Talk about an unexpected turn of events!  Now we have FOUR people living in 410 square feet.  Apparently God has bigger plans for us than being able to relax this summer.  LOL  We can clearly see how He had set everything up to make this doable for the summer.  He provided us with the perfect rig for her to live with us without Elijah having to give up any of his space or room as the loft is plenty big enough to serve as her room and she LOVES it!

So, although we are all in need of prayer as this is not going to be an easy task, we know it’s a worthy one and one that God has made clear we are to do.   Here are some pictures of this past week with Saylor:

FINALLY, for a few of my favorite things.  Here are just a few of the things that make this lifestyle not only doable, but AWESOME!

How’s that for an INCREDIBLY LONG blog post?!!?  Prayers are appreciated for us all, my daughter (to be able to get back on her feet); my granddaughter (to have an awesome summer – and to turn into a calm, chill child.  Lol); my hubby, Greg (who still has to work during all this!  Thank God for his private office in the MBR); my son, Elijah, (who has happily and with zero complaints given up his free time, peace and quiet in exchange for lots of babysitting); and finally for me.  With my health issues, just pray that I can handle the additional stress well (give it to Jesus!) without a health crisis.  Also, pray for the energy it takes to care for a five year old 24/7.  Energy is always something I am lacking the most of.  All that said, we are all super excited to have her with us for the summer.  Let the fun begin!

Happy Trails and Sunny Sails!!!

 

Organizing and Decorating in a Tiny Moving Home – Part 2

Although I’d rather blog about our awesome backyard right now (Myrtle Beach!!!) I must honor my word and finish my post about organizing and decorating.

We have homeschooled for 22 years, but I am down to my last kiddo so our homeschool storage needs are not too severe.  But again, organization is key to making sure our homeschool day goes smoothly.  Greg has his office set up in our master bedroom (more about that in a bit) so we homeschool on the dining room table.  I have everything we need easy to access and yet easy to stow away again when we are finished.

Homeschool Supplies in Overhead Cabinets. The red bin in middle cabinet has our daily supplies, so we pull that out every day. Elijah puts his completed work in top of bin just to the left of it.
We keep our homeschool supplies in overhead cabinets above our theater seating.  The red bin in middle cabinet has our daily supplies, so we pull that out every day. Elijah puts his completed work in top of bin just to the left of it.
We already had these red IKEA bins with handles in our s&b classroom. I have all of Elijah's daily schoolbooks in one; and all of my books and teacher keys in the other.
We already had these red IKEA bins with handles in our s&b classroom. I have all of Elijah’s daily schoolbooks in one and we put it on the seat next to him; and all of my books and teacher keys are in the other, next to where I sit. Also, my planbook (see it sitting on the chair on the left?) is stored in the seat storage of one of the dining room chairs when not in use.  The red bins store perfectly behind our theater seats, so are easily accessible, yet completely out of sight when not using.
These are the main red IKEA bins I mentioned above all nicely stowed behind our theater seating.
These are the main red IKEA bins I mentioned above all nicely stowed behind our theater seating.

Greg has organized his office in the master bedroom and it all stows in the bed when he’s not working.

Grand Design was the only 5th wheel manufacturer that had the combination of deep storage under bed, a bed that lifted up high, and enough floor space for an office chair. Greg had this vision for his office from the beginning, so we had to find the right rig to fulfill his vision. Now he had his own private office! It only takes him about 5-10 minutes to set up, and even less to stow it all away when he's done.
Grand Design was the only 5th wheel manufacturer that had the combination of deep storage under the bed, a bed that lifted up high enough, as well as enough floor space for a big comfy office chair. Greg had this vision for his office from the beginning, so we had to find the right rig to fulfill his vision. His brilliance has paid off as now he has his own private office, which is necessary because we aren’t retired… yet! It only takes him about 5-10 minutes to set it all up and even less to stow it away when he’s done.

Finally, two things other things that are important to me are earrings (especially dangly ones!) and essential oils.  I purchased these hanging jewelry holders from Amazon.com and I have them hanging in our master bedroom closet. Check it out….

On one side are all of my earrings
On one side is where I store all of my earrings
The other side is designed to hang necklaces. PERFECT!
The other side is designed to hang necklaces. PERFECT!
I use the same thing to hold my oils. I only use the pockets side and I like this solution because it keeps my oils all upright, yet doesn't take up very much space at all. When in transport I don't have to worry about anything spilling.
I use the same thing to hold my oils. I only use the pockets side and I like this solution because it keeps my oils all upright, yet doesn’t take up very much space at all. When in transport I don’t have to worry about anything spilling.

As for decorations, today I only want to share our latest find:

That looks just like my Popeye! I do have to stow this when in transport, but I just throw it in the drawer with my dish towels. Too cute!
That looks just like my Popeye! I do have to stow this when in transport, but I just throw it in the drawer with my dish towels. Too cute!

That’s all I will bore you with.  I could post pictures of my bathroom storage, more dishes, even my junk drawer! But that’s just too crazy…  Who in the world organizes their junk drawer?!?!  ☺️

So over and out from our backyard to yours.  Oh, did I mention that we are in Myrtle Beach right now?

Our backyard today is the beach!!!
Our backyard today is the beach!!!

Happy Trails & Sunny Sails