The Next Step in the Journey

The great recession hit our family hard, and so did some unfortunate timing.

My wife and I got married in late December of 2006. We have been married for nearly 10 years. When we got married we lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The second bedroom was mostly used for storage.

In August of 2008 we moved to Moscow, Idaho so my wife could pursue her education at the University of Idaho. That year, as you recall, was the start of the Great Recession. To sacrifice for my wife, I left my career doing Church Media Production, and landed a job at the university using my live production skills for videoconferencing solutions while volunteering for the church plant there of the church that I used to work for. The hope was that eventually I would be hired by the staff of the church to work on media production full time. In this time, we lived in a small apartment for family housing at the university.

When the housing bubble burst in December 2008, it became pretty clear that, since giving was down, that I would likely not be hired by the church. Other concerns came across, like the potential elimination of my entire department at the university. We decided to head back to the Spokane WA/Coeur d’Alene area to regroup.

After that time, we bounced from an apartment to a house in Post Falls, Idaho (which was almost sold out from under us) to another apartment. I bounced from customer service job to customer service job to a clerical position. I was let go from the clerical position in what I later found out was a move to outsource the work I was doing to a temp agency.

Soon after, mostly due to mismanagement, the preschool my wife was teaching at closed. We were left without an income and were taken in by my parents in the Seattle, Washington area. There we stayed for a year while I unsuccessfully looked for work. After that year, my wife looked for work and found a preschool teaching position. With her job, we were able to move into an apartment where we have been for over a year now.

I was able to find part-time work back in my career, but this time for a Christian private school. Additionally I have befriended a local entrepreneur and do some production and system administration work for him. I love the work at both places, the latter of which I do from home.

However, the housing bubble burst of the Great Recession had long-reaching effect, along with other issues, of nearly nullifying the chance for us to own a house. However, upon doing our research, that doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t own a home; it was time to stop looking at it traditionally.

My wife had been researching tiny homes for some time, but, while practical, they have become so trendy and popular that the prices have gone up beyond what we can afford. We also looked into park model homes, but the prices there are again so steep that payments plus lot rental would be infeasible.

So, we decided that we’re going to buy and move-in to a travel trailer, which would be considerably less expensive when payments and lot rental are factored in. This means we’re going to have to give up a lot of stuff, but we decided it will be good for us. We had to downsize from the house to the apartment and finally to this apartment, so we can sell things we don’t need or give things to family members.

One of the biggest challenges I know I’m going to have to face is what to do with my Early 2008 Apple Mac Pro. It’s a beast of a machine, and I use it for all of my video production work. It also serves as the gaming rig when booted to Windows via Boot Camp.

But more on that later.

So, this blog’s direction is now going to be how to get a creative geek and a teacher (and their 4-year-old son) into an RV. So, stay tuned and join us on the ride.


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