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Where are you from?
Scott is from Las Vegas, Nevada (but he claims California sometimes because he was born there) and I (Emily) am from Texas (even though my family spent 9 years in Pennsylvania, I left for university after only 5 years in PA so I still claim TX). We met at university in Utah (BYU), married there, lived there for several years, and Carter was born there.
If you lived in Utah, and you went to BYU… are you Mormon?
Sort of. It’s more accurate to say we were Mormon. That evolution has happened during the lifetime of this blog, and you can likely see our previous faith in action on various posts, but like many things in life, faith evolves and reforms, and we feel we’re on a path that takes us away from the religion we both grew up in. It’s a very positive path, but we do not regret our time living as members of the LDS church. We would have never found and married each other otherwise!
So, Why a bus?
When we were finishing up our 12 Countries in 12 Months trip we were feeling overwhelmed with trying to decide where to move to upon returning to the US. We had experienced a lot of things in our traveling abroad that shaped our desires for wanting our future home to have a small footprint, but how do we decide where to put roots for our family? Honestly, I wasn’t done traveling so I worked hard to convince Scott that our future home needed to be on wheels. We could have the comfort and stability of a home all while traveling around the US scouting out a place to put our roots.
Our home on wheels being a bus was actually my mom’s idea! She had seen a few converted buses on Pinterest after talking with my uncle who was buying retired city transit buses out of auction. We weren’t sold on the idea at first, but when we realized how amazing this opportunity was for us we jumped at it!
Did you do the renovations yourselves?
Yep! With the help of Emily’s dad and a few other awesome family and friends on many occasions, we did all the renovations ourselves. We did hire out to have the outside painted and we’re glad we did!
How long did your renovations take?
We started renovations in May 2015 and we had about 75% of the bus done by September 2015—when we started living and traveling on the bus. We made a pit stop in Texas for Thanksgiving 2015, had Zellie a couple weeks later, finished up final construction and renovations and were back on the road March 2016. We still have a few projects that we’re very slowly working on, so I guess we’re still not 100% done? Oh the joys of DIY projects!
Now it’s your turn!
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