Sometimes, you follow your dreams. I say to the young people, ‘If you have a dream, chase it.’ – Karl Malone (NBA Star)
I know. I’m sorry that quote wasn’t from C.S. Lewis, I’ll forfeit my Christian bloggers card if necessary. It’s amazing, though, how true that quote has been for our family over the past few weeks. We have had a dream for a little more than two years and we are living it now. It’s been a long road and very little has been “handed” to us but God has come through and provided in ways we never expected but aren’t surprised by. I would love for you to know the story of how we’ve got here so please enjoy the next several paragraphs. For some this is an update and for others a background, either way this is the tale of the Prince family’s dream coming true.
You have to dream before your dreams can come true. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Indian Scientist and former President of India)
– For the Sake of Background –
I remember watching Cars. I remember watching it about twice a day for a good year. My son loved that movie when he was younger and I didn’t mind it at all. One day Melinda and I decided to end the monotony of the DVD Menu by clicking “Special Features.” We watched a short documentary on Route 66. It explored the history of the famous route, how the invention of the Interstate Highway system lessened it’s popularity, and what many of the small towns along the once busy road have done or become in the wake of progress. We were fascinated. Not only by the history and the lessons we could learn from it but by the concept of traveling from St. Louis to California along one slow moving road and making your vacation about the journey rather than the destination. After watching that documentary we decided our family, at some point, would take a RV trip all the way down Route 66. This is what started us on the path toward our RV living, nation traveling, ministry focused dream.
Obviously a lot of life change had to happen before this dream could become a reality. First of all, we were all set up in a house we owned with all of the stuff we could ever need and I was working at a job I really loved. I was in ministry and worked with a great group of teenagers. The staff we worked with was awesome and we were very very happy. In fact, I was doing my dream job. (At least I thought I was.) We didn’t really see a need to change our lives completely. We were completely content to live how we were and plan a vacation to fulfil our RVing dream. There wasn’t just a lot of things that needed to change, we had to change. There wasn’t anything wrong with us, we just didn’t know where we were going to be headed in the next five years.