Confessions of a RVing Mom

 

Here I sit, four weeks into our summer travels which has already taken us through some pretty amazing places. I have made it known to all of my friends and family, in no uncertain terms, that I LOVE RVing. Yes, this is the only way to travel as far as I am concerned. However, as the wife, mom and homeschool teacher of this band of nomads, I must confess that I still cannot shake my need to orchestrate the daily schedule of my family and my strong need for order and cleanliness in my home. Those closest to me have said that I possess some OCD tendencies. None of these people are mental health professionals….fortunate for me!


 

When I have confessed these truths to my friends, who have never traveled in this manner, they are confused about how I can enjoy RVing if I am so wound up all the time. Yes, that was my own question until I really sat down and thought about it. My answer to this question is that RVing has become my therapy. Now I will never completely change who I am or what makes me tick. I was raised as an only child by a mom who loved to see the vacuum lines in the carpet and a military dad who knew if you moved his pen one inch to the right of where he left it. That said, I have a need for order and all things need to fundamentally make sense or I am uncomfortable at best. The only thing that overrides all of this is my need to be present as a wife and mom to my family.
 

This is where RVing becomes my therapy. What I value most at the end of the day is NOT my beautiful motorhome with everything neatly organized. I want to have spent quality time with my family. I want to see them experience new places and learn new things. I love to see them having fun and I want to have fun with them. I do not want to return home from this trip or any trip, having only memories of how I managed to keep my RV floors clean and the laundry basket empty. Can anyone else relate? Is it only me? It is so exhausting and I almost wish I were a free spirit, not caring about the dirty clothes on the floor and the dishes in the sink.


 Yes, I will always have the need to make our home away from home tidy in the morning before we set out on our adventures and it will be tidy before I close my eyes at night. However, I will try to let it go during the day when I want to be present for my family. I thank God for my loving husband, who doesn’t always understand my compulsion, but is willing to take the kids outside so that I can satisfy my need to clean in the morning. After my morning cleaning, I am all in for the adventures that await our Soulful RV Family.
 


 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a Soulful RV Mom

7 thoughts on “Confessions of a Soulful RV Mom

  • July 1, 2016 at 7:28 am
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    I feel the same way about cleaning as you. When the RV is clean, it is all good and I am ready to enjoy the events of the day. Happy travels.

    • July 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm
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      Thanks, Velma! Yes, having a clean RV definitely get my day off to a good start. LOL

  • July 1, 2016 at 8:07 am
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    I have some OCD tendencies that my family has struggled to understand as well. “Please leave the soap dispenser on the left side, not the right side”…….I’m a work in progress. But you are right, it is about spending quality time with your family because these are days/times you won’t get back. A friend of mine once told me that it’s about making memories and I agree. Be blessed.

    • July 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm
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      Thanks for the comment, Chandra. It is good to now that I am not alone in this!

  • July 2, 2016 at 7:36 am
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    Hey Tia. Linda here our connection Hina and ex riverstone. Moved to Sebring where we have a lake house since 1998. Love it up here not in a neighborhood so it’s great. No Hoa etc.
    we just bought our second motor home since struggling with colon cancer for six years i now don’t eat or drink on feeding tube 12 hours at night. But all is getting better. Colon cells went to liver. On chemo and 5 of the 6 lesions are gone. Unfortunately. Side effects are a little difficult but thankfully light is at end of tunnel. Lost over 70 pounds. Not bad but not way we want to lose. Upside new wardrobe etc. what motor home did you get looks fabulous. Ours is a little smaller than original since its only the two of us. Room for family. And grandsons. Love RVing. The best way to travel

  • July 2, 2016 at 7:36 am
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    Hey Tia. Linda here our connection Hina and ex riverstone. Moved to Sebring where we have a lake house since 1998. Love it up here not in a neighborhood so it’s great. No Hoa etc.
    we just bought our second motor home since struggling with colon cancer for six years i now don’t eat or drink on feeding tube 12 hours at night. But all is getting better. Colon cells went to liver. On chemo and 5 of the 6 lesions are gone. Unfortunately. Side effects are a little difficult but thankfully light is at end of tunnel. Lost over 70 pounds. Not bad but not way we want to lose. Upside new wardrobe etc. what motor home did you get looks fabulous. Ours is a little smaller than original since its only the two of us. Room for family. And grandsons. Love RVing. The best way to travel

    • July 6, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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      Hey Linda! Wow, it is so great to hear from you! You are such fighter. I am praying that you kick this cancer in the butt. You have been fighting this off and on for a while now. What an inspiration for us all. Being able to head out in the RV has been such an awesome blessing for us and it sounds like you love it as much as we do. We are heading back to Florida in the RV towards the end of the year. Maybe we can meet up at a campground. I miss Riverstone more than I thought I would, but I certainly don’t miss the HOA. My prayers are with you and your family. Keep in touch, we may be camping near you. XOXO

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