Beautiful Beaches & Bummer Breakdowns

The few weeks since I wrote last have been an amazing experience.  Full of adventures, disappointments, milestones and breaking points. We have been able to do so much over the last few weeks it's hard to remember everything. We stayed at RV parks along the coast of California and saw some incredible things. We stayed in Pismo Beach and were able to go play at the beach almost every day after work and school, went to nature museums, saw the monarch butterfly migration (awesomeness), caught up with some old friends for dinner at the RV and attended Calvary Chapel Arroyo Grande.

Then on to Morro Bay where we explored the little town, saw elephant seals, visited Montana De Oro, and had Justin's sister and her family over for a beach day and dinner at the RV. It's so fun to be able to still host get togethers in our tiny home. With all the excitement and adventure that we have been able to experience with this life I also am realizing how incredibly entitled I am on so many levels. Sure, we moved out of our large comfy home into an RV, but I have been so focused on making it into my mini mansion that once again I started losing focus on what we are doing out here in the first place. I have to confess... I have been completely obsessed about all my little "things". Everything from my decorations, my espresso bar, (yes I had an espresso bar in the RV) my appliances, the shower curtain in the bathroom matching, covering over our horrific couch and dinette cushions. Just stuff you know...

Then it all broke loose... Literally. In one week we had the window covering on the door break, the shower curtain rod fell on two separate occasions and knocked me in the head, my espresso machine stopped working, the pantry doors broke apart and shattered the mirror, one of our hydraulic jacks failed, the bearings in our little Honda Fit had to be replaced, and then the leak... The pipes in the bathroom for the fresh water were slowly leaking all the way to the living room. Thankfully it was the fresh water line... Ummm yeah. It ended up being broken in 4 places!   Thankfully Justin's parents welcomed us with open arms while we were ironically homeless and got it all repaired last week. 

But, we finally got in our AgapeBags order and can now start the distribution process!  We miss all of our friends and family dearly and are so excited to see you all in April when we are back in Colorado for a bit. Please pray for us as we are trying to figure out how to distribute our 500 starter bags and for all those "day to day" things like work, school, and safety while traveling... and that our eyes will be fixed on our calling and not our circumstances.

 Lots of great beach days. 75 deg in January!

Lots of great beach days. 75 deg in January!

 Monarch butterfly migration in Pismo Beach was amazing!

Monarch butterfly migration in Pismo Beach was amazing!

 Bluff overlooking Avila Beach

Bluff overlooking Avila Beach

 Our RV park in Morro Bay was steps away from this!

Our RV park in Morro Bay was steps away from this!

 Overlook above the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. 

Overlook above the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. 

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 Sunset at San Simeon

Sunset at San Simeon

 Elephant Seals!

Elephant Seals!

 Fun times at Auntie Jennifer's Children's Museum in Paso Robles

Fun times at Auntie Jennifer's Children's Museum in Paso Robles

 Exploring tidal caves at Montana De Oro

Exploring tidal caves at Montana De Oro

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 Lighthouse below Half Moon Bay

Lighthouse below Half Moon Bay

 Everyones first ride on a cable car in San Francisco! 

Everyones first ride on a cable car in San Francisco! 

 Pier 39

Pier 39

 Awesome day at the Exploratorium with Uncle Chris!

Awesome day at the Exploratorium with Uncle Chris!

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 Private tour of Mrs. Grossman's Paper Company.

Private tour of Mrs. Grossman's Paper Company.

 A wonderful ending to a fun-filled day with Aunt Andrea (Mrs. Grossman herself!)

A wonderful ending to a fun-filled day with Aunt Andrea (Mrs. Grossman herself!)

 Moving day in the rain and mud...

Moving day in the rain and mud...

 Recovering couch cusions

Recovering couch cusions

 New Agape Bags!

New Agape Bags!

 

Want more pictures and video? We've uploaded a ton more. Just click the links below...

View Our January Pictures

View Our February Pictures

 

Much Love,

The Smiths