For those of you who don’t know us, let me introduce ourselves. I’m Brigitte and my husband goes by Tat. We live in New Brunswick, Canada. This year in May I turned 50. Shortly after my birthday I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Tat is 59 and has progressive glaucoma.
Mid June of this year Tat was set on fire with an idea…buy a teardrop trailer (basically a bed on wheels with a rear galley kitchen) and go on an adventure through the coast of the USA and back through Canada. Approximately a 9 month trip. He was like a small child at Christmas…so excited that he couldn’t sleep.
My reaction was a little different. Neither of us has ever camped and we don’t have any money now and we wouldn’t have an income while we were away. We are also not in our twenties! His plan didn’t make any logical sense. I thought he was losing his mind!
We are both Christians and want to live according to God’s plans for our lives not our own. Tat started praying about this asking God if this was his own idea or if it was a plan God had for us. If it wasn’t His plan than we wanted no part of it. Want to know the difference…just ask!
The very next day Tat went to work and one of his co-workers approached him with an envelope of money. Tat had told them about his idea and they wanted to be part of it…they took up a collection. Tat came home and told me about it. There was $600 in the envelope. He said that we were on our way to the first $1000. I was saving money in a jar and there was $410 in the jar…BAM…first $1000. God’s in!
My first concern about the plan was no bathroom! I needed one for night time. The day after I told Tat about my concern, we bought a privacy tent and a “leu to go” I’m in!
Well, it took off from there and in just a few months we’ve managed to save enough to buy the trailer. I’m now just as excited as Tat. We found a guy in Ontario to custom make it the way we want. Our trailer is going to be built in October.
Up till now, we weren’t on facebook and not technologically inclined…we don’t watch regular TV and we don’t own cell phones. There is a learning curve with our plans. If we are able to save enough money for the trip and to cover our home expenses while we are gone…the plan is to head out in December 2016. God willing!
We are both musically inclined and plan to make music part of our journey as well. We also bought a couple mountain bikes so that we can travel around on them from our camp sites during our journey. We need a while to condition ourselves as we are both overweight and neither of us has been on a bike for about 30 years.
We plan to blog our journey, complete with lots of photos…and take you with us.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13