Just getting better!


We pulled into the Rv park to check back in to a site (since Jordan got the job and had to work). We started making small talk with some of the ladies at the office. We were hoping they offered a discount for us because Jord was working on the property but since the restaurant has a different owner they denied our request! But they offered us a quick solution. . . They gave me an application for the front desk and said to fill it out and bring it back within the next hour. 

I ran to the motor home, took a shower and filled it out as Jordan set everything up and got ready for work himself. It was all happening so fast. As I turned in the application, the manager decided to interview and basically hire me on the spot as long as I passed my background check.

So within three days we both had jobs and now a FAT discount on rent!!! What?! God is good and we were so stoked to see what the keys had to offer us. Let’s hope it all works out!

Time to put your money where your mouth is!

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(Thursday, January 18th 2017)

Or maybe it’s more like- time to practice what you preach! We continually talk about living by faith and taking open doors when we they find us…so I guess we are going to do just that! Taking one big giant leap of faith and hoping that (whether a positive or negative experience) we will gain something from it.

So here’s what happened… barely 24 hours ago Jordan went into the bar and grill at the RV park we were staying at to ask if they needed help and a half hour later he walked away with a serving job. No application, no resume in hand, all while wearing board shorts and flip flops. The manager said he would call in a couple of days to let him know when to start.

Jordan and I woke up this morning trying to figure out a game plan. We had to check out of the RV park in an hour, had another reservation 14 miles down the road for one more night but after that didn’t have a place to stay in the Keys. It’s so expensive down here that we decided that we better get moving. But then there was this opportunity of a job and a way to cover rent. We had already saved enough money for bills and food from this summer. We went through all the pros and cons, weighing our options and how much we were willing to risk. We figured by the end of our conversation that we would give the manager three days to call Jordan back. If we didn’t hear from him than maybe it wasn’t meant to be, or if Jordan couldn’t start work soon, then it wouldn’t be worth it. So, we packed up Dessa and were loading everything up to head to our other campsite and then the phone rang. Jordan needed to be at work at 3pm TODAY to get trained!

WHAT?!?!

Wait……. Umm… what?!?

Yesterday, we were planning our adventures back West while secretly wishing to stay here in the sunshine.

This morning we were unsure of what the heck to do.

As of 12pm, we are officially staying until the end of March.

It’s still a risk, like a big one. We have no idea how much money Jordan will make or how much he will work. And rent is EXPENSIVE here….. so we forked up some of our savings praying that this will all work out. Haha!!! Sometimes you just have to GO FOR IT! We figured, if anything at all we would get the opportunity to stay in the sunshine a little longer and Jordan could get some good fishing in. And maybe (worst case) lose some money, but that can be replenished. In the best case scenario, we meet some more amazing people to add to our life, we make connections for future winters (our dry season), and we make enough to cover rent! It’s crazy, I know, you don’t have to tell me. But what is life without a little crazy and a whole ‘lotta faith?!

The only question I have left is…. Who wants to come visit us in the Keys?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Keys- The Beginning

After being in the Everglades we just knew we had to go to the Keys! We were this close….. the prices for RV parks weren’t exactly in our budget but we have never had an opportunity like this before, so we decided just to do it!!! We weren’t sure if or when we will be able to come back, so why not just go now! We are more than capable of picking up the extra shift later (this summer) to make up for the extra cost of three days here on the islands.

So we went on a whim….. we have desperately been craving some “island days,” like we had on Kauai. Just us and the sea. Salt water, calm breeze and no worries. Not that our year was bad at all, but we just craved rest, the kind that reached the soul. I have a personal saying (not scientific at all), “Sun and salt water cures all.” Not sure if it’s just us, but there is very, very little that these two cannot fix, heal or soothe. Our last year was the busiest that we have had in the past 5 years, so we really just wanted a little nature and a little quiet time even if it meant a little extra money.

And let me just tell you it was worth it!!! We drove down the 100 mile road (only making it 30miles), that crosses over the Atlantic/Gulf into the Keys and our hearts started to burst. Jordan instantly blasted the Beach Boys and started singing  and dancing to that song…..come on you know the song…”Kokomo”

“Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go, Jamaica
Off the Florida Keys, there’s a place called Kokomo
That’s where you want to go to get away from it all
Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand
We’ll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band
Down in Kokomo”
Honestly, if that was all that was ever to come out of this trip than it would be more than worth it. Seeing my man swinging and swaying to the rhythm could knock me off my feet any day…….But let’s just say things got sweeter by the day here in the keys! Stay posted for more!

 

The Everglades

It was a magical kind of day, one where you are not sure if it is all really happening or not. We made the 31 mile drive through the park stopping at the Visitor Centers and checking out all the different spots to hike. We had a picnic on the beach, marveling at all the tiny islands that scattered the horizon. Neither of us had realized just how many keys there were in Florida Bay. They sprinkled the view with little patches of green as we stared into the green and blue waters. The breeze blew gently and we soaked up every moment of this weather. Our seasons are always mixed up and backwards, well usually we get like three of every season each year as we move from north to south and east and west and then back again. But this… this weather here was exactly what our souls needed. A gentle blowing warmness that seeps all the way into your soul. Making you forget about the rough day you had before and giving you peace for today.

After enjoying our view, we found a nice four mile hike through a tropical jungle that lead out to the bay and back. The road was straight and flat… but was lined with tropical trees, cactus, air plants, and even succulents amongst the mangroves. On one side there was a dark and murky stream that made you believe there was an alligator or crocodile laying quietly waiting to attack! Yes, this is the only place in the world where there are alligators and crocodiles! We watched the waters constantly with anticipation… something had to be in there. It was getting closer and closer to sunset and we had almost made it to the end. We debated if we should turn around so we wouldn’t have to walk back in the dark, but decided to push on to the end. I am so glad we did. The trail ended on a board walk that protected us from the wetlands below. Looking outwards was the most picturesque view of the Everglades. Big white birds flying over big green tropical trees, clouds hanging perfectly in the sky as the sun made its last declaration before nightfall. It was breathtaking. The water lapping on the shore and posts of the boardwalk.

We waited a while, enjoying the goodness of this day and the moment before making a fast walk back to the motor home. The pace was much faster as we hoped not to be out there with all the nocturnal animals that live there. As we reached the end of the trail that met with the main road, something magical happened.

FIREFLIES!!!

One quick flash, then another. Bright yellow, orange and blue-green flashes of lights filled the once dark and scary trees around us. What had seemed like a scary place now became a magical world of wonder. We laughed and giggled like little kids, chasing and marveling at these little fairy flies! I haven’t seen them since I was really young (I don’t even have a memory of it) and Jordan had seen them when he was a kid in Arkansas… so maybe this is a regular boring thing for others but we were in awe.

Koreshan State Park

Our California trip was absolutely incredible but we were definitely ready to get back to our Dessa girl after the (almost) three weeks. When we got back to Florida we spent a couple more days with Grandma and Fred while we prepared for the next leg of our adventure. Our first stop, Koreshan State Park! Even though it was only 30 minutes from where we were, it was a good starting point. Grandma and Fred found the last two sites in what seemed to be, all of Florida. They loaded up Barefoot, their RV, and we camped together for a couple of days. She not only spoiled us with her delicious cooking but they also ended up giving us their bikes that they didn’t use anymore!!! Jordan and I are SO grateful! Our poor bikes were tired and ready to be donated!

This historic state park was pretty incredible. I’ll share a brief quote to give you a picture of what is was like…

“Throughout its history, Florida has welcomed pioneers of all kinds. Cyrus Reed Teed was probably the most unusual, bringing followers to Estero in 1894 to build the “New Jerusalem” for his new faith, Koreshanity. The colony, known as the Koreshan Unity, believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The colony began fading after Teed´s death in 1908, and in 1961 the last four members deeded the land to the state. What remains of their once vibrant community are 11 beautifully maintained historic structures that date from 1882-1920 and landscaped grounds including unique ornamental exotic vegetation from throughout the world.”

So, basically a man created his own religion, convinced people to move to the middle of no where and create a self-sustaining colony. Kind of strange… but the buildings and property that were preserved from all this are still incredible. Houses built in the early 1900’s, old machine shops filled with old tools, an old bakery, and incredible gardens.

On our last evening there I was able to soak in a lot of fun stories from Grandma. I have always wanted to know more about our family history so it was so awesome to hear all about the past. (Thanks Grandma, that was so special for me!)

This was the perfect way to start off the next leg of our adventure. We couldn’t be more grateful for my grandparents and all they did for us. We so enjoyed our time together. Can’t wait to meet up with you on the road.