Adventure. The very word excites my two year old and using it in conjunction with just about any planned or unplanned action is enough to make his contrary attitude disappear. He gets that from his mother. When I was fourteen my family of nine moved across the country to the boondocks of Kentucky. My parents had purchased a farm and a mobile home which was to be moved onto the property, but winter weather made moving the trailer impossible. We rented an old house for what we thought would be a few weeks. It turned into five months. Five months: • without a refrigerator, washer or drier connections, a stove, or central heat. • of cooking and heating with a wood cookstove, waking up to frost on the walls, and freeze drying our laundry on a clothesline. • of using the back porch for a refrigerator and being one of nine to share a single bathroom with a five gallon hot water heater. Those were the most exciting five months of my life. I believe there are two ways that people view life. Either life happens to them and they feel inconvenienced by it, or they make life happen and feel empowered because of it. I’m the later. The single most important lesson I have learned, when it comes to adventure, is that one must first learn to be content. Not complacent. Content; ok with who and where we are in life. On then are we free to seek adventure and when we find it, feel confident taking it on. Unlike most people, I love to move. Whether it’s across town, or halfway across the country, I love the challenges moving brings… Of course, moving isn’t something I can do every day, but it’s an example of one of the bigger adventures in life that many people view as a burden, or even a loss. Smaller, every day examples are waking up to find out the roads are icy and you’re snowed in, discovering your toddler has learned a bad word and deciding how to deal with it, or chasing the dog down the street in your pajamas ’cause he doesn’t have the decency to escape when you’re dressed and looking your best.
Post by: Erica Mueller. Erica Mueller is a wife and mother by day, and geek blogger and designer by night. On weekends she enjoys canoeing, hiking, photography, and gardening. She can be found tech-talking at EricaSays.com and on Twitter as @EricaMueller
It was great to be able to share a personal story, and write in a niche outside of my regular day-to-day blogging.
As for winning… did you see the post with 600 comments?
That’s ok tho… I’m as tickled to have blogged here at one of my favorite sites as would have been to win!
I have always enjoyed networking with you and came here to support your effort, not knowing I would get an inside look at part of your life. That is quite a story and it is great that you have chosen to share it.
They just as well call the contest over. :-)
Wishing you all the best!
It was more like camping or time travel, wasn’t it?? I think you and dad probably had a harder time with the living conditions… just wishing you could give us better, than us kids. To us, it was something new and different.
Remember watching the mountain lion try and take down a deer in the backyard?
I remember us silly Texans standing there speechless and dad was saying something like “that’s no bobcat!”
hmmm no refrigerator, washer or drier connections, a stove, or central heat. What a killer adventure :D
Those five months were like “Time Travel.” There we were, surrounded by strangers, cooking and heating with wood, and even heating bath water on our wood-cook stove. I laughed out load at “freeze dried” laundry. That was also your first experience living in a winter wonder land.
You are such a positive person. You got that from your Dad. I laugh when I think back at those five months, but I *wasn’t* laughing then. :) With your influence, your little one is sure to grow up ready to explore the world. Some of that has even rubbed off on me. Great Post.
Oh, I love to travel too. My dad has always taken us on grand adventures… something I miss now that I’m married and moved away! I’ve seen the whole east coast and have been in almost every state east of Texas…
Would love to explore the western part of the nation someday!
I love the excitement of moving. I don’t consider it a burden at all. I’ve moved quite a bit in the short 8yrs of our marriage and each time I looked forward to it. We’ve been back home for 2yrs now and I’m feeling like I want to move again. LOL!
I also love travelling. It can be to a neighboring village or another island. It doesn’t really matter. I just love to move around and see new sights and hear new sounds.
I love the adventure of ministry as well. Meeting and ministering to new people is an awesome adventure.
Aww, thanks ladies! Now we just have to get you all there! Alyssa, if no one sponsors or helps you get there, they’re crazy! You deserve this!
Andrea, I’d pick you up at your house in a heart beat if I could! Seriously, let’s find someone coming your way. Want to meet you and your purple laptop. ;-)
Noelle, Thanks for the well wishes! I just stopped by your blog, and I’m dying to try your snack mix!!
Great post Erica! I love your outlook on life =) You are a special person and I hope you win the ticket, you deserve it!
Definitely a different style of Erica’s writing than I am used to. Should write like this more often!
I like the way you look at things! Good luck getting to Blissdom!
Thanks, Courtney!! You’re one of the first I want to meet!
I hope so too! This blogging stuff has created such a community of voices and personalities that I can’t wait to meet in person. I’m sure everyone’s smiles are prettier in real life!!
My husband is from West Virginia and his dad spent the better part of his childhood building a log house with his own two hands… I think that region breeds some kind of hardiness, for sure!
Hopefully we’ll both make it to Blissdom and I’ll get to meet you there.
Courtney Velasquez (@theappleofmyeye)
LOVE this post Erica! You are such a positive person that I am honored to call my friend! You get my vote 100%.
Kimberly/Mom in the City
Erica is a great writer (and a go-getter!). It will be a shame if she doesn’t make it to Blissdom!
Girl, the porch was more like a freezer. There were days we had to get up early to bring the milk in so it would thaw before breakfast, and we couldn’t leave our eggs out there…
Fortunately, my family was used to living on a farm, and had actually prepared for the possible aftermath of Y2K, so we had a wood stove and a wood cookstove! Being just 2 miles from the land we’d bought helped too, cause there we had 160 acres of wood we could use to heat with. haha
Isn’t Helen awesome?? I wanted to put the whole quote in, but it made my post too long…
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller
Patty, so glad to see you here! Thanks for coming over and showing your support, and learning more about me. :-)
Nice little peek into your past Erica. I could not imagine living that way for 5 months. What doesn’t kills us only makes us stronger.
Amanda @ High Impact Mom
As someone who lives in the boondocks of KY currently I have a special place in my heart for you Erica. =) With the current temperatures here we could use our porch for a ‘fridge if we had to I suppose. I know what you mean about being the one who “makes life happen”!
Oh..and I love that Hellen Keller quote, it’s always been a favorite.