How our family ended up living in my in-laws garage & why I highly recommend it

My wife has been married to three men in seven years and yet she has never been divorced.

She married a young go-getter.  A young man who was in a hurry to get things done and get ahead.  He graduated from college in Indiana when he was 21 and moved to California the next day.  He loved his job, he was successful, he made a lot of money, and he spent a whole lot of money.

She then married a hip, young entrepreneur.  Her first husband wore business suits.  Her new husband wore designer jeans and trendy shirts.  He had big, audacious dreams.  He was ready to put it all on the line, and he did.

She then married a family man with a propensity to be a ski bum.  Her third husband is home most days with the kids.  Board shorts and t-shirts are his attire.  He has nicer clothes which he puts on when he has a meeting or has to go on a business trip.  His work is pieced together.  He has clients to serve but he’s not really tied down.  He loves to travel.  But not business trips.  He loves family travel.

I am of course all three men.  In seven years.

 

Monica and Husband Number 1

Monica and Husband Number 1

 

Occasionally people say something to me like, “Your wife must really love you with the roller coaster you’ve put her through.”

The people who say things like that mean well.  But I always feel bad.  Not for me.  I feel bad for my wife.  And maybe not for the reason you’re thinking.

I feel bad because I feel like they’re short-changing Monica.

Monica is as crazy as I am.  She’s just as much the adventurer as I am.

I’m not dragging her along on this crazy ride.

We’re in it together.

So how did our family end up living in my in-laws garage?

There’s a moment in our relationship that I will never forget.  Not as long as I live.  We’re sitting at home talking about what I’m about to do the next day.  The next day I’m meeting with my boss and telling him I’m quitting.

I say, “Should I do it?”

She says, “What do you mean?”

I say, “I mean, what if I can’t make the money we need?”

She says, “If it’s the money, quit.”

Did I mention at the time we had a 2-month-old baby?

Exit Husband Number 1.

Enter Husband Number 2.

 

Dad and son

Husband Number 2 with his boy

 

I won’t go into all the details here.  Maybe another day.  I’ll tell you the story if we ever end up around a campfire together.

I was putting together a deal to buy an existing business in our home of Santa Barbara.  I had a big vision for this place.  I worked on the deal for months and just when we were about to have a deal… in the 11th hour…. it went to another buyer.

The transition from Husband Number 2 to Husband Number 3 is more subtle.

In those months I was working on the deal in Santa Barbara we had burnt through all of our savings.  I’d built a good reputation though in my field and was able to piece together some consulting work.

As a consultant, I was not tied to any one location.  I occasionally had to jump on a plane or drive somewhere.  But I did not have an office I went to everyday or a boss that expected me to be at my desk on certain hours.

And it was at this time that our family really began to live a family travel lifestyle.

We rented out our home and drove across the country and back over the next six months.  We worked from the road.  Wherever we were, we were working.

But all did not go as planned.  If you’ll think back, while we were traveling our country was just at the beginning of the Great Recession.  And on the second day of our cross country road trip I lost one of my two regular clients.  Half my income.

Still we journeyed on.  By the time we got home six months later I’d lost the other client as well.  Uh, that was the other half of our income.

I’m a pretty resourceful guy.  We shifted some things around and I pieced together some work.  I was still doing some consulting, but there weren’t any contracts anymore.  Just a la carte work.

I remember just before we departed on our six-month cross-country road trip saying something to my wife like, “If this doesn’t work out–if my consulting business doesn’t stick and we’re not making the money we need–I can always just go back to the grind (like Husband Number 1) and we’ll have had an amazing year.”

But after three years I could not go back.

We now had two kids.  I was accustomed to spending a lot of time with them.  Travel had become a way of life for us.  I didn’t want to give up the leisurely mornings with the family or the freedom to travel whenever we wanted.  Work 50 weeks a year and get 2 weeks of vacation, if I’m lucky.

And this is where Husband Number 3 comes fully into the picture.

 

Dad Paddle Boarding with kids

Husband Number 3. Now 2 kids.

 

While I didn’t want to give up our freedom and flexibility, I also knew I needed to provide for my family.

I needed time.  I had an opportunity for work that would allow us to continue the lifestyle we’d come to love.  But the pay was residual in nature: meaning I would make very little money initially.  I mean very little.  But as I increased the number of clients I served my income would grow and the residual income would always be there, whether I was working or not.  Whether I was at home or in Thailand.

The business, by the way, is merchant services.  Forgive the shameless plug, but if you own a business that processes credit card transactions I’d love to count you among my clients.  My company also has gift and loyalty cards, handles payroll, and a whole lot more.  You can learn more HERE.

I also had other ideas I wanted to work on.  The income potential was real.  But it required time.  Because we had no money we had no time.

And that is how our family ended up living in my in-laws garage.

It was a long fall.

Once we’d come to grips with our situation though…

I was happy.

Because we had hope.

As Andy Dufresne taught us, “Hope is a good thing.  Maybe the best of things.  And no good thing ever dies.”

Andy had hope behind the walls of Shawshank Prison.

I had hope in my in-laws garage.

in laws

My bride and me with her parents. I think this photo was taken in the late Husband Number 1 Era.

For us the Great Recession has been a Great Re-Orientation.  Sitting in that garage we thought about what we wanted life to look like.

Simpler.

Family.

Travel.

Less Debt.

Fewer obligations.

Less pressure.

We spent 6 months in that garage.  While we’re not out of debt, we made a lot of progress.  My income has increased.  It’s still really tight at times.  But we’re making it.

We’ve not arrived.  But we’re on our way.  We’re on the journey.

We have a home again.  But not in Santa Barbara.  Santa Barbara is one of the most expensive places in the world to live.  We chose another beautiful place to live–Lake Tahoe–and the cost of living here is substantially less.  And the skiing is a whole lot better.

This is the life we chose.

When people say to me, “Clark, you’re living the life.” …. I agree with them.

They see me at the beach on a Wednesday afternoon with my wife and kids.  They see us camping at the Redwoods one week and visiting our family in Santa Barbara a few weeks later.  They hear us talking about the upcoming travels we have scheduled later this month, and next month, and the next month.

I am living the life.  But this life also requires a great deal of work.  It requires a fanatical commitment.  It requires sacrifice.  Re-Orientation.

Sounds crazy, huh?  I recommend living in the in-laws garage.  At least for a while.

For me it was my in-laws garage.  I don’t know what it is for you.  What I do recommend is that you be willing to take drastic steps in order to figure out what you really want in life… and to go for it.

Our-Family-in-Redwoods

Husband Number 3. Happy Family.

I don’t have life figured out.

I am not a guru.

I’m on a journey.  I am trying to live very intentionally and trying to arrange my life so that it reflects what I value most.

If you’re on a similar journey I’d ask that you let me know so we can support one another.  You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or RSS.  If I’m not yet following you in any of those communities let me know because honestly I feel a deeper connection to some of the people in those communities who I’ve never met than many people I see on a regular basis.

See you on the trail.

 

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113 Comments

Justin 22-09-2011, 08:37

This is great Clark. That’s a hell of a happy accident, but I am sure it took alot of work to make it happy.

Do you think you would have done it eventually had the business deal not fell through??

Clark Vandeventer 22-09-2011, 08:48

By “done it” I think you’re referring to adopting a family travel lifestyle. It’s hard to know the answer to that question. The life path I was on was so vastly different. But I have always loved traveling. And my life outlook definitely changed when our son was born. Family became more important than career. As I always say, it’s not that I’m an underachiever, it’s just that I am trying to achieve something different than most people.

I’d like to think that this is where I would have ended up–even if things had gone as planned. Soul searchers have a way of finding their way home, even if they do take a long, twisted route to get there.

Paige 22-09-2011, 11:44

“It’s not that I’m an underachiever, it’s just that I am trying to achieve something different than most people.” I love that!

My husband and I are on the verge of taking a similar plunge, and I have often thought that it might end up with the 4 of us living with the grandparents at some point. Doesn’t sound so bad. In fact, in a way, it sounds pretty good!

Clark Vandeventer 22-09-2011, 15:02

Paige, honestly there could be worse things! The hardest part for me was sharing a bathroom with my wife’s 2 sisters! Our kids love it in Lake Tahoe, but they loved living with grandma and grandpa. We visited this past week and the kids did not want to leave.

Monica Vandeventer 22-09-2011, 12:23

I think it is important to have a goal for your time in the “garage”. We were hammering out debt and regrouping, but had some concrete goals. We could be proud of our progress and stay positive. It is also important to have an exit plan even if it is far off.

Tracey 22-09-2011, 14:05

Know just what you mean about deep connections to people you’ve never met. This whole community has been an eye opener for me as well as giving me such a sense of relief. We are not the only ones who want more freedom, more adventure and more time with our kids!!!

Clark Vandeventer 22-09-2011, 15:00

In our circles at home we are weird….unconventional…. in our circles through the blog we are normal!

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Jenny Solar 23-09-2011, 18:30

What a powerful story Clark! I’m so glad that you shared it with the world! So many of us crazy ones were on a path to a normal boring life at one point. Aren’t we SO lucky that life threw us a curve ball and we ended up here?!

Clark Vandeventer 24-09-2011, 08:47

Thanks, Jenny. I think this had been an incredible time for our country and world. The past few years were a Great Re-Orientation for us. BUT I THINK THEY’VE BEEN THAT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. What we thought we once wanted we no longer want. The things that were once important to us no longer are. Maybe that transition has been particularly powerful for those of us who at the same time were becoming parents as that life event obviously itself causes so much introspection.

Love the curve ball! So lucky!!!

Rachel Denning 24-09-2011, 05:48

Awesome! Great story. Ours is somewhat similar. I don’t think we’ll every ‘arrive’, but we’re on our path, living on purpose everyday (hiking in Capitol Reef National Park on a Tuesday in September!) and loving every minute of it.

Thanks for the post.

Clark Vandeventer 24-09-2011, 08:51

Thanks, Rachel. You’re right! There is no arriving on this journey! Hope to meet your family along the trail someday!

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gabi klaf 20-10-2011, 23:33

Clark,

this is for hubby 1, 2, and 3. all three of you were so precious and important (and necessary) to reach where you are today. we also lived in my mom’s garage for about 6 months. it was actually a tiny back section of the garage in which the bed, couch, table, crib, dresser, kitchen counter and bathroom door all basically touched each other in one long fluid motion. We saved tons of money, and spent tons of time bonding in the only place we could all fit- on the bed. thanks for taking me back to something i quite forgot about- the sacrifices and dips in the road toward our personal enlightenment. great read clark! thank you.

gabi

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Lisa Wood 08-11-2011, 02:11

Gosh that was an incredible story! I loved the title…its what got me to reading! And once I started reading, I wanted to keep reading to see the differences between the three men that your wife had married. The third man seems like he understands what is really important in life – time with family! That is also what we are looking for.

Cheers
Lisa

Monica Vandeventer 08-11-2011, 07:58

Lisa,
We have been doing a lot of thinking and talking lately about how most people don’t really ever think about what they want their life to look like. Most people just go along hoping someday that their desires will somehow be fulfilled. Like anything it takes planning, action and dedication. You guys are on the right path.

Sabina King 17-11-2011, 05:12

Beautifully and honestly written. We can identify with all 3 of you! We chose to leave the very guided and ‘safe’ life behind in order to determine our own priorities and our own wants. We’ve realized our needs are very few, which frees up so much time for what we want, which are incredible experiences in different cultures.

We’ve lived the past 1 1/2 years in Costa Rica and are currently in Belize, snorkeling and kayaking to our hearts content.

Congrats on your ‘sponsored athlete’ gig…very nice!

Clark Vandeventer 17-11-2011, 14:03

Sabina, thank you. It took seven months of blogging before I could summon the gumption to tell the story honestly–the good, the bad, and the ugly. Can’t wait to hear what you think about Belize. We have spent time in Nicaragua and Costa Rica (just three weeks in each place, so our experience can’t be compared to yours). Belize has been on our radar–just have not made the trip.

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Amy 18-12-2011, 04:13

You really had me wanting to keep reading, Clark – I wanted to know how on earth your wife married three times in seven years without any divorces! Anyway, great story, and I love the indignation that people don’t give Monika enough credit for being as flexible and adventurous as you!

Clark Vandeventer 19-12-2011, 10:09

Thanks, Amy. When I wrote that post Monica and I talked a lot about our marriage. We always say that the most important thing for a couple to think about when they’re thinking about marriage is whether they want the same things in life. Yet I am a different person than I was when Monica and I got married. I want different things. But so does she. We’ve gone on this journey and what we value and want in life has slowly changed. Occasionally one of us will be “ahead” of the other. But only a few steps… and whomever of us is “ahead” makes sure to not get too far ahead…

Ree @ Little Aussie Travellers 20-12-2011, 15:39

Clark I can identify with you a great deal in this post! I credit my children to changing me. From wanting a high flying career living in the city, to leading a slightly slower yet busy life struggling for “success”, to our goals now which is to have less than we’ve ever had before yet more than we’ve ever known all at the same time. We’ve never really valued material things as a couple because we lost Matt’s mum to cancer when we were in our early 20’s, and we’ve always gone slightly against the grain, but I think as our children have grown and we’ve matured we’ve finally become brave enough to chase what’s REALLY important to us. Not to just talk about it, but to really DO IT! Those other 2 men have made you who you are today, like us all, we’re on a journey of discovery and I’m pleased to have “met” you 🙂

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Leila 27-02-2012, 12:54

i love this (and all the posts i just read)…i think it’s hilarious, insightful, and helps me understand you guys…i see glimpses of all three of these seasons in you…why don’t you talk about this more?! we need to have you over for lunch or dinner sometime soon. we are on a similar journey (doing away with consumerism…like the post about every item being meaningful in your home), but we differ in our end goal (ours is financial freedom in order to spend time with our kids and, more importantly to me, give more to those in need).

Clark Vandeventer 27-02-2012, 13:14

We want financial freedom too! We’re on our way to achieving that, and are probably closer to that goal now than we were when we were making the big bucks. To me, the best definition of how financially wealthy you are is how many days you can live without working.

Monica Vandeventer 27-02-2012, 16:00

Leila,
I am so happy you were here! I feel like we are always on our soapbox, but I am up for more if you want it. Like you said it is the end goal that is important, but it is also what you have to trade to get it. I was talking to someone the other day and I asked what they wanted their life to look like. They couldn’t answer. I told then our priorities have changed over the years. We used to want a big home with lots of land and toys so that our home would always be a place our kids/grandkids and friends and family wanted to come. He asked why we don’t want that anymore…I said we do, but we realized that dream wasn’t worth trading the next 30 years of our life for.
End goals are so important, but beware of the means to achieve them.
PS…dinner or lunch anytime!

Lisa 05-03-2012, 07:10

Wow – it’s amazing. To me, you look younger in each of the progressive stages – from husband 1 to husband 3. Congratulations on having the courage to move into your in-law’s garage in order to make your dreams a reality. I think one of the hardest things about taking on an unconventional lifestyle is the fact that we have to be willing to let go of what other people think of us and be willing to do whatever it takes.

Clark Vandeventer 05-03-2012, 13:01

HA! Lisa, I sometimes joke that I lived my 30’s while I was in my 20’s and now that I am in my 30’s I live like I am in my 20’s. Apparently that’s even true with the way way I look! LOL.

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Jamie Bishop 25-09-2012, 12:45

Clark,

I just started reading along. It’s so odd to read all of this, remembering that kid I met and played volleyball with at Jenn Nicola’s birthday party! It’s amazing to me how we have all grown up and changed. Your life sounds exciting and in some ways, makes me envious (not in a sinful way-more like an I’m truly happy for you and maybe someday Kris and I will be there too way). 🙂 It’s amazing to me how marriage turns out so different for everyone and what it takes to keep a marriage together. For you guys, it’s something completely different than it is for Kris and I (it’s been hell and back, then back again then finally home for us!), though I believe that God is a huge part of it across the board! Anyway, I didn’t have anything specific to say other than the fact that I think it’s cool what you’re doing, and I also forwarded your website link on to my husband, in the event his company ever needs any of the services you provide.

Jamie

Clark Vandeventer 25-09-2012, 12:50

Thanks, Jamie. So nice to read your comment. I know what you mean about being envious — and not in a sinful way. I have a friend opening a really cool pizza place and brewery in Austin. I wish it were me! I mean, not really… LOL…. but I could see myself doing that and loving it in “another life.”

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Tara 05-03-2013, 19:43

Well I’ve been doing it for three years now. I haven’t found a job, all
I can find are part time jobs that will barely covers what it costs to get to work so what’s the point? My relatives owe me alot of money and I know I won’t see a penny of it. I have been embarrassed by this lifestyle glad to see you found a way to sugar coat it.

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

I love California | Family Trek 15-07-2013, 08:01

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

Lake Tahoe: My California Playground | Family Trek 16-07-2013, 08:42

[…] less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — our money that is — and moving into the in-laws garage, we began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock bottom […]

A Boring Camping Photo: More Than Meets The Eye? | Family Trek 16-07-2013, 13:48

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

Memories from Anza Borrego, California | Family Trek 17-07-2013, 08:03

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

California: So Much To See, So Little Time! | Family Trek 17-07-2013, 12:01

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

1001 Words about Humboldt County, California | Family Trek 18-07-2013, 08:01

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

Top 6 California National Park & Recreation Areas Nobody Knows About | Family Trek 19-07-2013, 12:01

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

Yosemite’s Top 4 Activities with Family | Family Trek 21-07-2013, 08:59

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

Hot July Days In Sacramento | Family Trek 21-07-2013, 09:01

[…] 5, 3 and 4 months old. We lived in Santa Barbara for many years and after losing everything and moving into my parents’ garage, my husband and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, […]

Top 5 places to See Native Wildlife in California | Family Trek 26-07-2013, 08:14

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

Photo Essay from Big Sur, California | Family Trek 27-07-2013, 08:09

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

Reasons to Cruise | Family Trek 27-07-2013, 10:13

[…] Trek, we hope you’ll stick around to learn a little about our story…. like how we went from living in the in-laws garage to embarking on our quest to work less, live more, and travel the world as a family.  You can […]

Take a Day Trip to the Taj Mahal in India | Family Trek 09-08-2013, 07:08

[…] Trek, we hope you’ll stick around to learn a little about our story…. like how we went from living in the in-laws garage to embarking on our quest to work less, live more, and travel the world as a family.  You can […]

The American Way to Work and Vacation | Family Trek 16-08-2013, 09:30

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Thoughts on Back To School Time | Family Trek 23-08-2013, 08:30

[…] 5, 3 and 5 months old. We lived in Santa Barbara for many years and after losing everything and moving into my parents’ garage, my husband and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, […]

Maintaining balance when opportunities abound | Family Trek 03-09-2013, 12:09

[…] all culminated in moving into my in-laws garage with my wife and two […]

When did Indianapolis go and get awesome? | Family Trek 20-09-2013, 08:52

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Why you think my house is small while I think my house is huge | Family Trek 25-10-2013, 07:01

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Saying “good morning” again | Family Trek 14-11-2013, 11:43

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

The Thankful List: A Thanksgiving Tradition | Family Trek 15-11-2013, 07:38

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Skiing in France: Best Resorts for Kids | Family Trek 16-11-2013, 15:15

[…] Trek, we hope you’ll stick around to learn a little about our story…. like how we went from living in the in-laws garage to embarking on our quest to work less, live more, and travel the world as a family.  You can […]

Are Family All Inclusive Holidays Worth It? | Family Trek 29-11-2013, 16:12

[…] Trek, we hope you’ll stick around to learn a little about our story…. like how we went from living in the in-laws garage to embarking on our quest to work less, live more, and travel the world as a family.  You can […]

The joy of empty dryers and dishwashers | Family Trek 14-12-2013, 13:58

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

This year was not as good as last year… | Family Trek 27-12-2013, 16:39

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

2013 in 12 photos | Family Trek 31-12-2013, 15:20

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Why we’ve decided to become homeless in 2014 | Family Trek 06-01-2014, 08:52

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

My New Favorite Disneyland Hotel-Anabella | Family Trek 22-01-2014, 10:31

[…] 6, 4 and 10 months old. We lived in Santa Barbara for many years and after losing everything and moving into my parents’ garage, my husband and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, […]

Family Fun in Barbados | Family Trek 23-01-2014, 17:17

[…] Trek, we hope you’ll stick around to learn a little about our story…. like how we went from living in the in-laws garage to embarking on our quest to work less, live more, and travel the world as a family.  You can […]

My book is complete! | Family Trek 13-02-2014, 21:17

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

“Interviewing” the Mitsubishi Outlander GT | Family Trek 02-03-2014, 21:40

[…] work less, live more, and travel the world.  After losing everything — my money that is — and moving into my in-laws garage, my wife and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, “Rock […]

5 Reasons We Want to Buy a Mitsubishi Outlander | Family Trek 03-03-2014, 00:03

[…] 6, 4 and 10 months old. We lived in Santa Barbara for many years and after losing everything and moving into my parents’ garage, my husband and I began the exciting process of reinventing our lives.  As J.K. Rolwing said, […]

Our best ski trip ever at Sugar Bowl | Family Trek 22-03-2014, 07:40

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Living with the in-laws and thoughts on communal living | Family Trek 15-04-2014, 13:23

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Getting to Thailand and first impressions of Bangkok | Family Trek 11-05-2014, 16:06

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Why we venture out at all | Family Trek 12-05-2014, 07:32

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Photos from the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand | Family Trek 20-05-2014, 21:38

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Reflections on Bangkok | Family Trek 21-05-2014, 01:00

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into my parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

4 Great Family Activities in Bangkok | Family Trek 21-05-2014, 20:23

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into my parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

When does the adventure begin? 22-05-2014, 05:52

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into my in-laws garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Photos From Bangkok | Family Trek 24-05-2014, 07:50

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into my parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Traveling in Thailand under Martial Law and Military Coup | Family Trek 25-05-2014, 23:04

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Why are we in Khanom? | Family Trek 27-05-2014, 07:14

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into my parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

My life is pretty much like yours | Family Trek 28-05-2014, 20:17

[…] Congress. I went “all in” and I lost. A few months after losing Iw was out of money and moved my family into my in-laws garage. Four years later, I now see that the biggest blow to my finances was NOT cashing out my […]

Feeding Pink Dolphins and Touring the Coast of Thailand | Family Trek 31-05-2014, 23:11

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Ramblings from Thailand | Family Trek 06-06-2014, 23:04

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Life in Thailand just as I imagined it… | Family Trek 10-06-2014, 19:09

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

Travel Math: How paying for three months in Thailand is easy | Family Trek 14-06-2014, 20:41

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

10 Reasons to Visit Khanom on Your Next Thailand Vacation | Family Trek 26-06-2014, 19:22

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into my parents garage. On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life of […]

Elephant Rides, River Canoeing and Floating Houses at Khao Sak National Park | Family Trek 29-06-2014, 05:40

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into my parents garage. On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life of […]

Multiculturalism on display in Malaysia | Family Trek 07-07-2014, 09:01

[…] view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life […]

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